Research suggests new associates from top law schools who work at big firms are the least satisfied in their work. Why? Part of today's recruiting pitch from firms competing for graduates is the promise of meaningful tasks, mentoring by partners and client contact. But those who've labored in the trenches say bosses don't deliver on those promises. "They should just tell you that you won't be doing work like that," said one associate, whose job pales in comparison to her summer associate experience.