2010 A-Z Summer Associate Rankings

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Latham & Watkins
National
Participating Offices: Chicago; Costa Mesa, CA; Los Angeles; Menlo Park, CA; New York; San Diego; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 90 (83% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.497 (rank: 62)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.26 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.03 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.39 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.30 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.81 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.46 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.66 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.82 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.74 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.28 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.20 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.33 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.27 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.39 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.77 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.09 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 3.89 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.70 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.72 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.53 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 4.08 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.30 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.40 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.16 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.44 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.60 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.48 (4.58)
Linklaters
International
Participating Offices: Hong Kong; London; New York
Number of Respondents: 12 (52% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.639 (rank: 37)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.25 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.42 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.50 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.58 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 5.00 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.67 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.83 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.92 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.58 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.50 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.50 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.58 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.25 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.50 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.42 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 3.91 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.42 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.82 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.75 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.33 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.33 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.67 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.83 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.25 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.58 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 2.83 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.58 (4.58)
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell
Dallas
Participating Offices: Austin; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; New York
Number of Respondents: 22 (69% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.453 (rank: 74)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.36 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.45 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.05 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.41 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.68 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.27 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.68 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.45 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.73 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.32 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.45 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.23 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.77 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.36 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 3.09 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.55 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.27 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.73 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.82 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.55 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.18 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.32 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.32 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.41 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 3.82 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.36 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.45 (4.58)
Mayer Brown
International
Participating Offices: Charlotte; Chicago; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Palo Alto; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 37 (97% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.611 (rank: 39)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.68 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.62 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.32 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.78 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.73 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.30 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.62 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.76 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.69 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.54 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.51 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.95 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.05 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.22 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.24 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.39 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.30 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.68 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.70 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.22 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.86 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.19 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.46 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.22 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 3.84 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.62 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.50 (4.58)
McDermott Will & Emery
National
Participating Offices: Boston; Chicago; Houston; Los Angeles; Menlo Park, CA; New York; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 25 (76% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.514 (rank: 58)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.32 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.64 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.36 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.56 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.72 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.24 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.36 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.71 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.72 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.48 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.52 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.64 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.88 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.44 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.76 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.32 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 3.84 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.72 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.72 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.12 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.20 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.28 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.64 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.24 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 3.83 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.96 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.72 (4.58)
McKenna Long & Aldridge
National
Participating Offices: Atlanta; Denver; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 21 (100% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.756 (rank: 23)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.57 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.67 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.71 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.67 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.81 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.81 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.90 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.80 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.86 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.71 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.71 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 4.10 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.48 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.81 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.71 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.48 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.48 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.76 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.86 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.86 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 4.76 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.71 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.71 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.76 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.48 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.48 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.86 (4.58)
Michael Best & Friedrich
Milwaukee
Participating Offices: Chicago; Milwaukee
Number of Respondents: 10 (100% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.433 (rank: 77)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.30 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.40 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.20 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.70 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.70 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.20 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.40 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.50 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.50 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.40 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.40 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.00 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.80 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.30 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 3.56 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.60 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 3.80 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.90 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.78 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.10 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.30 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 3.90 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.40 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.70 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.00 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.70 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.80 (4.58)
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
New York
Participating Offices: New York
Number of Respondents: 17 (85% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.873 (rank: 12)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.94 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.76 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.94 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.71 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 5.00 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.82 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.81 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.94 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.94 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.88 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.82 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 4.47 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.71 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 5.00 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 5.00 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.94 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.82 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 5.00 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 5.00 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.65 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 4.59 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.88 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 5.00 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 5.00 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.71 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.76 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.94 (4.58)
Morrison & Foerster
San Francisco
Participating Offices: Beijing; Hong Kong; Los Angeles; McLean, VA; New York; Palo Alto; San Diego; San Francisco; Tokyo; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 60 (85% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.440 (rank: 76)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.45 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.36 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.13 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.27 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.73 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.25 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.56 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.55 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.66 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.42 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.38 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.30 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.85 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.18 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.52 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.32 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.53 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.67 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.52 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.37 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.22 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.03 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.38 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.17 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.32 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.97 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.33 (4.58)
Munger, Tolles & Olson
Los Angeles
Participating Offices: Los Angeles; San Francisco
Number of Respondents: 13 (76% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.496 (rank: 63)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.58 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.54 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 3.75 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.46 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.69 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 3.92 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.85 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.82 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.85 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.46 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.38 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 2.69 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.50 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 3.75 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.58 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.85 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.92 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.92 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.92 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.85 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 4.46 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.46 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.77 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.62 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.38 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 4.00 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.46 (4.58)
Nixon Peabody
National
Participating Offices: Boston; Chicago; Jericho, NY; Los Angeles; New York; Rochester; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 19 (61% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.279 (rank: 97)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.16 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.00 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.11 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.00 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.53 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.05 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.50 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.63 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.53 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.21 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.05 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.11 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.68 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.16 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.21 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.32 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.21 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.53 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.58 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.16 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.05 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.26 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.53 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.16 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 3.58 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.42 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.42 (4.58)
O'Melveny & Myers
Los Angeles
Participating Offices: Century City, CA; Los Angeles; Menlo Park, CA; New York; Newport Beach, CA; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 53 (87% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.623 (rank: 38)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.64 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.53 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.38 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.42 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.87 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.42 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.75 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.86 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.74 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.42 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.57 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.75 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.06 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.42 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.64 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.37 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.38 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.87 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.81 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.52 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.37 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.70 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.79 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.49 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.00 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.62 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.77 (4.58)
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
National
Participating Offices: Irvine, CA; Los Angeles; Menlo Park, CA; New York; Sacramento; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 26 (100% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.692 (rank: 33)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.69 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.65 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.54 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.62 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.85 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.50 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.81 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.69 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.88 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.73 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.69 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.69 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.38 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.65 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.62 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.73 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.58 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.88 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.85 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.96 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.65 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.73 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.65 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.54 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.35 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.85 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.81 (4.58)
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker
National
Participating Offices: Atlanta; Chicago; Costa Mesa, CA; Los Angeles; New York; Palo Alto; San Diego; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 77 (91% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.893 (rank: 9)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.90 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.87 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.86 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.83 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.99 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.84 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.90 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.93 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.92 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.75 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.81 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 4.52 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.64 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.79 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.91 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.75 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.79 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.92 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.92 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.88 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 4.69 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.84 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.90 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.70 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.66 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 4.23 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.87 (4.58)
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
New York
Participating Offices: New York; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 55 (70% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.307 (rank: 91)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.40 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.25 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.11 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 3.87 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.60 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.07 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.38 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.59 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.49 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.18 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.15 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.42 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.71 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 3.93 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.65 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 3.74 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.52 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.56 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.51 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.07 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 2.87 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 3.98 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.00 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 3.78 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.29 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.05 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.15 (4.58)
Pepper Hamilton
Philadelphia
Participating Offices: Boston; Philadelphia; Wilmington
Number of Respondents: 12 (92% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.953 (rank: 1)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 5.00 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 5.00 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.92 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.83 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 5.00 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.91 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.92 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 5.00 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 5.00 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 5.00 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 5.00 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.83 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.83 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 5.00 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.58 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.75 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 5.00 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 5.00 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 5.00 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.75 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 4.67 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.92 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.75 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 5.00 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.83 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 4.25 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 5.00 (4.58)
Perkins Coie
Seattle
Participating Offices: Los Angeles; Madison, WI; Menlo Park, CA; Phoenix; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Seattle
Number of Respondents: 24 (86% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.483 (rank: 69)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.50 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.29 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.17 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.29 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.74 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.21 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.63 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.73 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.79 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.33 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.17 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 2.92 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.71 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.58 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.46 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.67 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.42 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.83 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.71 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.25 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.83 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.29 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.50 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.42 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 3.75 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.96 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.50 (4.58)
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
National
Participating Offices: McLean, VA; New York; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 16 (94% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.603 (rank: 41)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.56 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.44 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.38 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.56 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.75 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.50 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.56 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.80 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.88 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.56 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.56 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.13 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.06 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.56 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 3.94 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.69 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.38 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.88 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.88 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.07 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.87 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.63 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.94 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.53 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.50 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.56 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.44 (4.58)
Proskauer Rose
New York
Participating Offices: Boca Raton, FL; Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; New Orleans; New York; Newark
Number of Respondents: 33 (79% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.604 (rank: 40)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.70 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.73 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.48 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.39 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.82 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.39 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.64 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.65 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.64 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.61 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.70 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 4.19 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.00 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.27 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.67 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.22 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.33 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.72 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.73 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.00 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.82 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.25 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.61 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.39 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.24 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 4.03 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.64 (4.58)
Reed Smith
National
Participating Offices: Chicago; Falls Church, VA; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 13 (62% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.538 (rank: 53)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.62 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.38 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.23 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.54 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.69 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.38 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.46 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.85 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.69 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.31 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.46 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.38 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.15 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.46 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.85 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.46 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.62 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.85 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.54 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.69 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.15 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.46 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.77 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.38 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.00 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.62 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.62 (4.58)
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi
Minneapolis
Participating Offices: Atlanta; Boston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis
Number of Respondents: 16 (73% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.383 (rank: 85)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.31 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.38 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.13 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.56 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.44 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.06 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.38 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.75 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.44 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.13 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.00 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 2.93 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.50 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 3.81 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.19 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.14 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.44 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.69 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.56 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.44 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.94 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.63 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.25 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 3.94 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 3.50 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 2.25 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.50 (4.58)
Ropes & Gray
Boston
Participating Offices: Boston; Chicago; East Palo Alto, CA; New York; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 78 (95% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.780 (rank: 21)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.67 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.65 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.73 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.72 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.91 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.65 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.92 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.87 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.90 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.65 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.68 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 4.09 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.31 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.65 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.94 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.82 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.78 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.91 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.95 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.89 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 4.04 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.65 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.79 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.79 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.76 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.94 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.76 (4.58)
Schulte Roth & Zabel
New York
Participating Offices: New York
Number of Respondents: 17 (85% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.940 (rank: 4)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.94 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.82 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.94 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.94 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.94 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 5.00 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 5.00 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.88 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 5.00 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.82 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.88 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 4.44 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.76 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 5.00 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 5.00 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.65 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.94 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 5.00 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 5.00 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.88 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 4.65 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 5.00 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.88 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.82 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.88 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 4.41 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.82 (4.58)
Shearman & Sterling
International
Participating Offices: New York
Number of Respondents: 10 (36% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.367 (rank: 87)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.50 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.10 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.40 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.10 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.60 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 3.80 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.40 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.90 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.50 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.20 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.70 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.40 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.00 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.50 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.50 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 3.80 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.60 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.60 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.60 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.40 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 2.90 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.00 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.50 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 3.80 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 3.30 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 2.70 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.20 (4.58)
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
Los Angeles
Participating Offices: Costa Mesa, CA; Los Angeles; New York; San Diego; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 23 (85% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.846 (rank: 13)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.78 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.78 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.57 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 5.00 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 5.00 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.65 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.91 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.96 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.96 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.57 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.83 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 4.17 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.43 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.48 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.70 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.78 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.52 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.95 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 5.00 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.87 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 4.59 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.74 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.96 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.65 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.78 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 4.09 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.43 (4.58)
Sidley Austin
National
Participating Offices: Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 48 (91% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.747 (rank: 24)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.62 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.66 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.68 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.68 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.89 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.68 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.83 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.79 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.89 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.71 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.71 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 4.04 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.63 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.71 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.65 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.83 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.68 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.87 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.85 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.34 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 4.00 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.68 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.83 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.57 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.55 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.60 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.77 (4.58)
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
New York
Participating Offices: New York; Palo Alto; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 51 (71% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.357 (rank: 89)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.12 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.31 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.00 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.04 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.63 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.10 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.67 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.83 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.51 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.18 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.02 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.30 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.44 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 3.98 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.62 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 3.69 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.47 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.57 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.53 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.60 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.28 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.00 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.14 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.06 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.57 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 2.71 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.31 (4.58)
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
National
Participating Offices: Chicago; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Palo Alto; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Wilmington
Number of Respondents: 40 (51% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.600 (rank: 43)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.55 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.45 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.43 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.43 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.85 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.50 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.75 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.82 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.62 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.46 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.36 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.33 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.82 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.28 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.77 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.00 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.48 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.62 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.73 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.41 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.36 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.31 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.49 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.31 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.50 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.48 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.53 (4.58)
Snell & Wilmer
Phoenix
Participating Offices: Costa Mesa, CA; Denver; Las Vegas; Phoenix; Tucson
Number of Respondents: 11 (52% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.830 (rank: 16)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.91 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.73 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.64 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.73 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.82 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.73 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 5.00 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 5.00 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.91 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.91 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.82 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 4.27 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.45 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.82 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.73 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.91 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.27 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 5.00 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 5.00 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.09 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 4.18 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.91 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.91 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.82 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.55 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 2.00 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.91 (4.58)
Steptoe & Johnson
Washington, D.C.
Participating Offices: Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 12 (86% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.482 (rank: 70)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.42 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.33 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.25 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.50 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.67 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.25 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.67 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.58 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.67 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.50 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.42 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.33 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.83 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.42 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.73 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.58 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.73 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.58 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.58 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.00 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.50 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 3.92 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.75 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.25 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 3.67 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.83 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.58 (4.58)
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
New York
Participating Offices: New York
Number of Respondents: 11 (58% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.229 (rank: 100)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.09 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 3.64 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.00 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.00 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.73 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.00 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.64 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.60 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.36 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.55 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.18 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.09 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.73 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.36 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.64 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.18 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.09 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.64 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.64 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 2.91 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.00 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 3.64 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.64 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.09 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 3.36 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 4.09 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.09 (4.58)
Sullivan & Cromwell
New York
Participating Offices: London; New York; Los Angeles; Palo Alto; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 36 (47% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.486 (rank: 68)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.44 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.47 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.36 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.22 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.64 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.31 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.66 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.69 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.58 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.36 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.56 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.39 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.19 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.31 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.72 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.00 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.50 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.56 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.53 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.14 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.17 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.14 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.17 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 3.86 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.25 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 2.92 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.56 (4.58)
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan
Washington, D.C.
Participating Offices: Atlanta; Houston; New York; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 14 (74% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.421 (rank: 78)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.36 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.29 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 3.86 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.21 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.86 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.36 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.57 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.64 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.64 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.50 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.43 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.57 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.86 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.07 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 3.86 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.14 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.36 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.79 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.57 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.79 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.79 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.07 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.50 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.21 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.57 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.07 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.57 (4.58)
Taft Stettinius & Hollister
Cincinnati
Participating Offices: Cincinnati; Cleveland; Indianapolis
Number of Respondents: 10 (83% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.289 (rank: 95)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.30 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.30 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 3.30 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.20 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.50 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 3.80 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.50 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.90 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.80 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 3.80 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.40 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.20 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.40 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 3.70 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 2.80 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.50 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.00 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.90 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.90 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.00 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 2.80 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 3.90 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.70 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.50 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.00 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.20 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.70 (4.58)
Thompson & Knight
Dallas
Participating Offices: Dallas; Houston
Number of Respondents: 15 (100% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.811 (rank: 17)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.67 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.53 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.60 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.77 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 5.00 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.93 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 5.00 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.93 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.87 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.57 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.53 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.40 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.00 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.60 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.13 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.60 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.67 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.86 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.93 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.40 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 4.20 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.80 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.93 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.93 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.60 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 2.93 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.93 (4.58)
Troutman Sanders
Atlanta
Participating Offices: Atlanta; Irvine, CA; Norfolk, VA; Richmond; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 14 (70% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.543 (rank: 52)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.64 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.36 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.57 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.71 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.86 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.21 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.54 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.43 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.57 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.64 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.57 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.64 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.64 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.43 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.43 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.36 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.21 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.64 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.79 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.29 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.14 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.00 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.43 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.50 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 3.57 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.14 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.57 (4.58)
Venable
National
Participating Offices: Baltimore; Los Angeles; New York; Vienna, VA; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 17 (100% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.599 (rank: 44)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.47 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.53 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.41 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.59 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.65 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.47 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.76 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.75 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.76 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.47 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.29 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 2.94 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.76 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.47 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.47 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.41 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.35 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.41 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.59 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.12 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 4.06 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.35 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.35 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.35 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.59 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.65 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.76 (4.58)
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
New York
Participating Offices: New York
Number of Respondents: 15 (71% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.459 (rank: 73)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.40 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.53 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.07 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.47 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.60 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.20 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.80 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.53 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.53 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.47 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.60 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.80 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.47 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.13 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 3.40 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 2.67 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.13 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.40 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.53 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 2.29 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 2.64 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.40 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.87 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 3.40 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.47 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 1.20 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 3.87 (4.58)
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
New York
Participating Offices: Boston; Dallas; Houston; Miami; New York
Number of Respondents: 20 (48% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.402 (rank: 82)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.35 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.45 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.05 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.35 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.70 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.00 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.70 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.42 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.60 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.25 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.15 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.20 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.75 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 3.95 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.65 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.25 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.50 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.60 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.60 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.15 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.85 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.20 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.35 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.50 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.05 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.95 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.65 (4.58)
White & Case
International
Participating Offices: Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Palo Alto; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 34 (72% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.291 (rank: 94)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.39 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.45 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 3.88 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.09 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.67 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 3.79 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.28 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.76 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.31 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.30 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.30 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.18 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.47 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 3.74 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.18 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 3.63 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.09 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.64 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.42 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.61 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.13 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 3.85 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.36 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 3.84 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 3.73 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.30 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.42 (4.58)
Willkie Farr & Gallagher
New York
Participating Offices: New York; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 14 (78% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.713 (rank: 30)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.71 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.64 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.64 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.71 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.93 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.29 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.79 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.86 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.85 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.71 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.71 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.71 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.14 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.64 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.64 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.36 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.21 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.93 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.93 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.77 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.71 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.21 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.71 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.64 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.14 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.21 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.57 (4.58)
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr
National
Participating Offices: Boston; Los Angeles; New York; Palo Alto; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 58 (88% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.598 (rank: 45)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.52 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.67 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.52 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.26 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.76 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.33 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.79 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.77 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.76 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.59 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.41 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.60 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 4.00 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.40 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.72 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.50 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.31 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.86 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.83 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 4.21 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.74 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.52 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.43 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.22 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.21 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.43 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.57 (4.58)
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Palo Alto
Participating Offices: Palo Alto; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 34 (87% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.694 (rank: 31)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.79 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.56 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.62 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.35 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.82 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.55 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.74 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.94 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.88 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.42 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.58 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.78 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.88 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.48 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.45 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.38 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.58 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.79 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.75 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 3.48 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 3.39 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.88 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.67 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 4.42 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.03 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 3.64 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.64 (4.58)
Winston & Strawn
National
Participating Offices: Charlotte; Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.
Number of Respondents: 27 (63% response rate)
Firmwide Score: 4.442 (rank: 75)
Scores are based on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Rank is based on 101 firms.
How the firm rated on key scoring questions:
  • How interesting the work was: 4.26 (4.52)
  • How much "real" work was assigned: 4.04 (4.48)
  • Training and guidance: 4.30 (4.41)
  • Partner-summer associate interactions: 4.33 (4.48)
  • Full-time associate-summer associate interactions: 4.81 (4.80)
  • How well firm communicates its goal and expectations: 4.33 (4.42)
  • How accurately firm portrayed itself during interviews: 4.52 (4.70)
  • Inclination to accept a full-time associateship: 4.76 (4.77)
  • Overall rating as a place to work: 4.63 (4.73)
More about the work:
  • Amount of work: 4.41 (4.50)
  • Level of responsibility: 4.11 (4.48)
  • Amount of client contact: 3.12 (3.62)
  • Amount of feedback: 3.48 (4.03)
  • Opportunities for mentoring: 4.63 (4.42)
  • Opportunities for pro bono work: 4.81 (4.50)
What the firm's culture is like:
(Respondents were asked to indicate if the following traits described their firms or their experiences, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree.")
  • Family-friendly: 4.08 (4.36)
  • Makes efforts toward diversity: 4.11 (4.40)
  • Attorneys would be enjoyable to work with: 4.85 (4.76)
  • Attorneys seem to enjoy working with each other: 4.81 (4.74)
  • Financial information is made available: 2.77 (3.86)
  • Felt comfortable asking in-depth financial questions: 2.58 (3.68)
  • Got a sense of the firm's mission: 4.15 (4.44)
  • Firm seemed the right size: 4.48 (4.57)
  • Humane approach to billable hours: 3.93 (4.40)
  • Firm did a good job of communicating about job prospects: 4.19 (4.30)
  • Dress code (1=formal; 5=informal): 2.59 (3.42)
  • Pleasant space and décor: 4.22 (4.58)

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