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Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For

Vault’s ranking of the leading midsize firms based on what associates say their work life is really like.
Survey Methodology

Which midsize law firms are the best to work for? To determine our Best Midsize Firms to Work For, we used a formula that weighed the most relevant categories for an overall quality of life ranking at a midsize firm. When it comes to choosing a law firm, many job seekers consider the actual experience and cultural perks of working there more than the firm’s prestige or reputation.

Associates were asked to rate their firm on a 1-to-10 scale for each of several quality of life categories. Each firm's overall score was calculated using the following formula:

• 25 percent overall satisfaction • 10 percent hours • 10 percent compensation • 10 percent business outlook • 10 percent substantive work • 10 percent culture • 5 percent associate/partner relations • 5 leadership transparency • 5 percent formal training • 5 percent informal training and mentoring • 5 percent career outlook

Vault’s 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 of (or against) their firms.

2017 Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For

#1
SCORE 9.252
2016 Rank 1
#2
SCORE 8.737
2016 Not Ranked
#3
SCORE 8.589
2016 Not Ranked
#4
SCORE 8.483
2016 Not Ranked
#5
SCORE 8.443
2016 Rank 4
#6
SCORE 8.433
2016 Not Ranked
#6
SCORE 8.433
2016 Not Ranked
#8
SCORE 8.418
2016 Not Ranked
#9
SCORE 8.384
2016 Not Ranked
#10
SCORE 8.368
2016 Rank 10
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