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Most Selective Law Firms

Associates were asked to rate their firm on a 1-to-10 scale for each of several quality of life categories. The firm's score in each quality of life category is simply the average of the scores its associates gave in that area. It is important to note that those firms without a high enough aggregate of associates completing the survey were ineligible to appear in these rankings.

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Top Ranked

2016 Rank 2015 Rank Change Company Score Location
1 2 Williams & Connolly LLP 9.682 Washington, DC
2 3 Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz 9.679 New York, NY
3 1 Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP 9.560 Los Angeles, CA
4 6 Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP 9.276 New York, NY
5 5 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 9.246 Los Angeles, CA
6 8 Covington & Burling LLP 9.128 Washington, DC
7 7 Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP 9.125 New York, NY
8 11 Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 9.081 New York, NY
9 10 Ropes & Gray LLP 9.076 Boston, MA
10 18 WilmerHale 9.057 Washington, DC
11 17 Paul Hastings LLP 9.000 New York, NY
12 15 Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP 8.931 New York, NY
13 19 Kirkland & Ellis LLP 8.926 Chicago, IL
14 4 Irell & Manella LLP 8.909 Los Angeles, CA
15 9 Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP 8.874 New York, NY
16 14 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates 8.838 New York, NY
17 NR O'Melveny & Myers LLP 8.816 Los Angeles, CA
18 13 Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 8.811 New York, NY
19 21 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 8.787 New York, NY
20 24 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP 8.777 New York, NY
21 NR BuckleySandler LLP 8.756 Washington, DC
22 NR Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 8.708 Washington, DC
23 NR Foley Hoag LLP 8.688 Boston, MA
24 NR Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 8.654 New York, NY
25 20 Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP 8.644 New York, NY

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