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Best Law Firms for Career Outlook

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 1 Williams & Connolly LLP 8.966 Washington, DC
2 NR Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP 8.935 Redwood City, CA
3 3 Paul Hastings LLP 8.902 New York, NY
4 6 Ropes & Gray LLP 8.854 Boston, MA
5 7 Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP 8.707 New York, NY
6 2 Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz 8.671 New York, NY
7 NR Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC 8.588 Memphis, TN
8 15 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 8.579 Washington, DC
9 9 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 8.553 Los Angeles, CA
10 NR O'Melveny & Myers LLP 8.525 Los Angeles, CA
11 NR Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 8.484 New York, NY
12 NR BuckleySandler LLP 8.457 Washington, DC
13 14 Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP 8.455 New York, NY
14 NR Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP 8.446 Washington, DC
15 20 Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 8.444 New York, NY
16 10 Carlton Fields Jorden Burt 8.443 Tampa, FL
17 NR WilmerHale 8.387 Washington, DC
18 NR Haynes and Boone, LLP 8.354 Dallas, TX
19 NR Kirkland & Ellis LLP 8.342 Chicago, IL
19 NR Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates 8.342 New York, NY
20 NR Sidley Austin LLP 8.336 Chicago, IL
21 NR Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP 8.330 New York, NY
22 NR Quarles & Brady LLP 8.304 Milwaukee, WI
23 NR Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP 8.276 New York, NY
24 23 Alston & Bird LLP 8.264 Atlanta, GA
25 NR Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP 8.248 New York, NY

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