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Best Law Firms to Work For

Associates assess their own firms on a range of workplace issues related to career development, job satisfaction, and quality of life.

  • Survey Methodology

    Which are the best firms to work for? For some, this is a far more important consideration than prestige. To determine our Best 15 Firms to Work For, we used a formula that weighed the most relevant categories for an overall quality of life ranking. Each firm's overall score was calculated using the following formula:

    * 50 percent satisfaction * 10 percent hours * 10 percent pay * 10 percent manager relations * 10 percent diversity (women, minorities and gays) * 10 percent formal training

    Like our Top 40 prestige rankings, our Best 20 is meant to reflect the subjective opinion of insiders. By its nature, the list is based on the perceptions of insiders, some of whom may be biased in favor (or against) their firm.

  • Ranking History

2011 Best Law Firms to Work For

1
SCORE
8.763

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray has expanded in every measurable way in the 21st century, acquiring smaller boutique firms in the States while claiming new turf in the...

TRENDING

2010 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.427

Williams & Connolly LLP

Relatively tiny Williams & Connolly has resisted globalization and continues to hold its own against firms ten times its size by following a basic...

TRENDING

2010 Rank
3
3
SCORE
8.052

Morrison & Foerster LLP

In 1973 those cats in San Fran approved "MoFo" as Morrison & Foerster's official nickname, accentuating the firm's unconventional modus operandi....

TRENDING

2010 Rank
NR
4
SCORE
8.001

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

Fitzpatrick is a highly-decorated boutique which has made intellectual property its sole focus (as perhaps made obvious by the "We are IP" motto gracing...

TRENDING

2010 Rank
NR
5
SCORE
7.998

Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon is a top litigation practice where big names turn for representation in bet-the-company cases. Founded in 1889 by attorney...

TRENDING

2010 Rank
11
6
SCORE
7.952

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From its core litigation practice, Hughes Hubbard has spun off a number of niches and industry-specific practices. Now boasting a respected Capitol Hill...

TRENDING

2010 Rank
NR
7
SCORE
7.943

Jones Day

A heavy-hitter with a hand in most major areas of law and an internationally recognized prowess in litigation, Jones Day uses its size and reach-offices...

TRENDING

2010 Rank
12
8
SCORE
7.941

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, founded in New York City more than 165 years ago, has finance in its DNA. The firm boasts one of the nation's best and...

TRENDING

2010 Rank
10
9
SCORE
7.938

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

For decades, Paul, Weiss has valiantly defended the coffers and reputations of some of the world's largest financial institutions and companies....

TRENDING

2010 Rank
8
10
SCORE
7.921

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

Giant Among Mortals Kind of like Oprah or Beyoncé, Skadden is a giant among mortals. Known by its one name, it sits atop its world, continuously...

TRENDING

2010 Rank
6
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