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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 Pro Bono

1
SCORE
9.914

Jenner & Block LLP

From its Windy City roots, Jenner & Block has grown to a firm of more than 500 lawyers in offices in Chicago; London; Los Angeles; New York; and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
11
2
SCORE
9.821

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
1
3
SCORE
9.812

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Founded in Texas in 1945, Akin Gump has grown to become one of the world's largest law firms, with over 900 lawyers working across a vast array of...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
18
4
SCORE
9.804

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
4
5
SCORE
9.723

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
6
SCORE
9.718

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
2
7
SCORE
9.684

Robins Kaplan LLP

Robins Kaplan LLP is a national law firm known for its trial litigation practice, particularly in the intellectual property, complex business litigation,...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
23
8
SCORE
9.658

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Founded more than 150 years ago in San Francisco, Orrick today is a global firm of more than 1,100 attorneys focused on serving three sectors: tech &...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
7
9
SCORE
9.617

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Fourteen New York attorneys-including the late Arthur Kramer, brother of playwright Larry Kramer-teamed up to start Kramer Levin in 1968. The city was...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
5
10
SCORE
9.600

Gibbons P.C.

One of New Jersey's largest firms, Gibbons is a standout in mid-Atlantic, middle-market dealings. The firm has handled high-profile corporate...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
NR
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