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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 Compensation

1
SCORE
9.775

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Each year, a significant chunk of the world's dealmaking-major mergers and acquisitions, antitrust and shareholder litigation, big-name restructurings,...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
1
2
SCORE
9.726

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

With a reputation for capital markets prowess and First Amendment excellence, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is the picture of an effective-and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
5
3
SCORE
9.681

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
2
4
SCORE
9.618

Irell & Manella LLP

A Southern California powerhouse for over 75 years, Irell & Manella matches or exceeds its multinational peers in salary, prestige, and high-stakes...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
NR
5
SCORE
9.479

Clifford Chance US LLP

In many ways, the formation of Clifford Chance presaged the future of modern law practice, especially as it is carried out in its native City of London....

TRENDING

2018 Rank
6
6
SCORE
9.467

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
13
7
SCORE
9.414

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
3
8
SCORE
9.400

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy stands as not only one of the U.K.'s most prestigious law firms-a pillar of the vaunted Magic Circle-but one of the largest firms in...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
NR
9
SCORE
9.392

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb is a preeminent global law firm, with offices on four continents and an unparalleled reputation for groundbreaking work. While long known...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
NR
10
SCORE
9.384

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis, one the world's most elite law firms, is recognized for its private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions,...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
17
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