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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:

    25% satisfaction; 10% firm culture; 10% hours; 10% compensation; 10% quality of work; 5% business outlook; 5% career outlook; 5% associate/partner relations; 5% transparency; 5% formal and informal training; 5% pro bono; 5% overall diversity

    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

2019 Best Law Firms for Associate/Partner Relations

1
SCORE
9.565

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

With an extensive history of working big-time cases spread across a diverse array of fields, O'Melveny & Myers LLP boasts expertise in a little bit...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
3
2
SCORE
9.340

Thompson & Knight LLP

Alive and kicking since the late nineteenth century, Dallas-based Thompson & Knight has evolved from a Texas oil-and-gas law firm into an...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
14
3
SCORE
9.286

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

With around 200 attorneys working out of its single outpost in Manhattan, Patterson Belknap may seem like a modest operation relative to New York's...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
17
4
SCORE
9.236

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP advises many of the world's leading corporations, investment funds, and financial institutions on their...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
5
4
SCORE
9.236

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

2018 Rank
7
6
SCORE
9.217

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

2018 Rank
8
7
SCORE
9.207

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Since 1899, Choate Hall & Stewart has remained a Boston firm through and through. Although smaller in number than its national competitors, Choate...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
NR
7
SCORE
9.207

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Constangy is a national employment law firm that has been serving clients since the 1940s. Founded by Frank Constangy-known to his colleagues as Mr....

TRENDING

2018 Rank
2
9
SCORE
9.204

Crowell & Moring LLP

Crowell & Moring was founded in 1979 by a group of attorneys defecting from Jones Day to create "a different kind of law firm." When Jones Day tried...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
NR
9
SCORE
9.204

Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon is an AmLaw 100 firm with nearly 500 attorneys who have helped build the firm's reputation for trial strength in complex...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
NR
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