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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 law firms are the best to work for? For some, this is a far more important consideration than prestige. To determine our Best 25 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:

    * 40 percent satisfaction * 10 percent hours * 10 percent pay * 10 percent associate/partner relations * 5 percent formal training * 5 percent informal training/mentoring * 5 percent pro bono * 5 percent diversity (overall) * 10 percent business outlook

    Like our Vault Law 100 rankings, our quality of life rankings are meant to reflect the subjective opinions of associates. These rankings are based on perceptions of insiders--some of whom may be biased in favor (or against) their firms.

  • Ranking History

2013 Best Law Firms to Work For

1
SCORE
8.671

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

2012 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.563

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

2012 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.466

Squire Patton Boggs

Through a mix of organic growth and strategic combinations, Squire Patton Boggs has created one of the most comprehensive legal platforms, spanning 47...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
11
4
SCORE
8.402

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

A firm with offices across the Southeast as well as locations in Texas, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, Baker Donelson is a full-service law firm...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
7
5
SCORE
8.399

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland is a global top 40 legal practice, with more than 2,400 attorneys practicing in offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
12
6
SCORE
8.331

Foley Hoag LLP

Hailing from the land of red socks and chowder, Foley Hoag has stayed close to its Boston roots. With only four locations-in Massachusetts, New York, DC,...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
5
7
SCORE
8.324

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

One of SoCal's elites, Munger, Tolles & Olson, has only recently expanded beyond the Golden State. The firm is similarly consistent in its...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
8
SCORE
8.222

Fish & Richardson P.C.

An influential player in the development of American intellectual property law, Fish & Richardson has evolved with the inventions of its clients:...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
10
9
SCORE
8.131

Paul Hastings LLP

Over the last few decades, Paul Hastings has grown from a mid-market U.S. firm to an international outfit with strengths in employment, tax, and business...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
10
SCORE
8.100

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

With powerhouse practices ranging from M&A to appellate law, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher does its share of high-stakes work. Founded in Los Angeles in...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
6
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