Law Firm Rankings

This ranking factors in objective prestige measurements similar to those used by Vault.com . In addition, it seeks to balance prestige with an enjoyable work environment, where enjoyable is defined roughly as liking one's work, getting enough training, billing a reasonable number of hours and anticipating staying two more years. Enjoyable work versus prestige is weighted approximately 75:25.

Methodology

Ratings principally based on over 6,500 associate surveys (3rd-5th years). See The American Lawyer's 2006 Midlevel Associates Survey.

Rank Law Firm Main Office Total Midlevels Response Rate Score (0-100)
1 Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz New York 31 45% 83.8
2 Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner Washington, D.C. 55 44% 82.3
2 Cravath, Swaine & Moore New York 105 21% 81.9
4 Weil, Gotshal & Manges New York 241 22% 80.6
4 Davis Polk & Wardwell New York 167 21% 80.5
6 Latham & Watkins National 463 32% 80.2
6 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton New York 184 19% 80.1
6 Munger, Tolles & Olson Los Angeles 51 57% 79.5
9 Cooley Godward Palo Alto 98 60% 79.1
9 Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky Washington, D.C. 57 49% 78.9
9 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe San Francisco 102 49% 78.9
9 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom New York 371 14% 78.8
13 Jones Day National 324 17% 78.1
13 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Los Angeles 219 47% 77.9
13 Debevoise & Plimpton New York 140 20% 77.7
16 Baker & McKenzie International 80 30% 77.4
16 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr Washington, D.C. 250 36% 77.4
16 Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison New York 121 24% 77.2
16 Morrison & Foerster San Francisco 167 60% 77.0
16 Fish & Richardson National 76 54% 76.7
16 Goodwin Procter Boston 145 65% 76.7
16 Sullivan & Cromwell New York 171 83% 76.7
16 Clifford Chance International 75 36% 76.6
16 Jenner & Block Chicago 80 25% 76.6
16 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett New York 213 32% 76.5
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