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Vault Law 100

The 2011 Vault Law 100 is here! This year, more than 15,000 law associates rated law firms on a scale of 1 to 10 based on prestige. (Associates were not allowed to rate their own firms, and were asked only to rate firms with which they were familiar.) [Please note: this year's Vault Law Firm Associate Survey was conducted prior to the Hogan Lovells merger and both pre-merger firms appear on the rankings chart.]
Survey Methodology

How does Vault come up with its list of the Top 100 firms in the country? The first step is to compile a list of the most renowned law firms in the land by reviewing the feedback we receive from previous surveys, consulting our previous lists, poring over legal newspapers, talking to lawyers in the field and checking out other published rankings. This year, our list was made up of 165 law firms. We asked these 165 law firms to distribute a password-protected online survey to their associates. More than 15,000 attorneys returned anonymous surveys to Vault. Associates from all over the country and the world responded. We heard from lawyers in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Miami, Cleveland, Seattle, Orlando, Phoenix and Atlanta, among many other domestic locations, not to mention Hong Kong, London, Paris and beyond. The online survey asked attorneys to score each of the 165 law firms on a scale of 1 to 10 based on how prestigious it is to work for the firm. Associates were asked to ignore any firm with which they were unfamiliar and were not allowed to rank their own firm.

We collected all the surveys and averaged the score for each firm. The firms were then ranked in order, starting with the highest average prestige score as No. 1 on down to determine the Vault Top 100. Remember that in the Top 100, Vault is not assessing firms by profit, size, lifestyle, number of deals or quality of service; we are ranking the most prestigious law firms based on the perceptions of currently practicing lawyers at peer firms.

Many thanks to the 15,000+ survey respondents for your insights!

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2011 Vault Law 100

SCORE 8.953
2010 Rank 1
SCORE 8.653
2010 Rank 2
SCORE 8.335
2010 Rank 4
SCORE 8.181
2010 Rank 3
SCORE 8.103
2010 Rank 5
SCORE 7.855
2010 Rank 7
SCORE 7.847
2010 Rank 6
SCORE 7.749
2010 Rank 11
SCORE 7.735
2010 Rank 8
SCORE 7.540
2010 Rank 9