Welcome to Chambers Associate 2015-16
NOW in its seventh edition and growing year on year, Chambers Associate gives law students an unparalleled view into the working lives of associates at the nation’s leading law firms. We’re the only US legal career guide to conduct in-depth telephone interviews with thousands of junior associates on the topics that matter to juniors, like the work they do day to day, the social life (if there is one), pro bono, diversity, how hard they work you, how much money you make, personal development, and much more. We grant our interviewees anonymity so they can speak to us honestly and truthfully. We also talk to firm chairs, managing partners and hiring partners to understand who and how they recruit from law school, and the directions their firms are headed.
The qualitative approach
When finding the right career for you, there is a lot more at stake than just perceived prestige. Chambers Associate reviews firms on a qualitative basis. We also draw on Chambers USA, our vast annual directory of US law firms based on client reviews. In each Inside View you will see a reference to Chambers USA rankings, which gives you a snapshot of a firm's practice area strengths, as rated by its clients. Chambers USA's rankings cover key practice areas across all US states. For the full listing with commentary, visit the Chambers and Partners website.
About Chambers and Partners
Since 1990, Chambers and Partners has published the world's most trusted and comprehensive guides to the legal profession. Titles include Chambers USA, Chambers UK, Chambers Europe, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Latin America, and Chambers Global. Clients and lawyers around the globe consider Chambers to be the authority on the world’s leading law firms and lawyers. Most recently we launched our definitive Chambers Legal Practice Guides.
For 18 years we've also published the market-leading career guide for law students in the UK, the Chambers Student Guide.
All Chambers publications are freely accessible online at www.chambersandpartners.com.
How do Chambers USA rankings work?
The Chambers USA research team speaks to a wide range of lawyers and their clients, the latter of which are generally major commercial users of legal services. Greater weighting is given to the views of the clients, and any biased viewpoints tend to cancel each other out. All interviews are conducted purely for research purposes; they are entirely confidential and unaccredited.
A team of more than 50 full-time researchers conducts thousands of interviews with lawyers and their clients every year, and unlike its competitors, Chambers USA researches, compiles and launches completely new editions on an annual basis.
We select our sources on the basis of:
- Confidential submissions put forward by law firms
- Lawyer and client interviews during the course of research
- Our own database resources
Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1 to 6, with 1 being the best.
In addition, there are further categories in which lawyers can be ranked as exceptional individuals. A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success. A 'Star' ranking is given to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field.
Two additional Bands list those who are at the forefront of their generation but who do not yet warrant inclusion in the tables. The ‘Up and Coming’ band lists those who do not yet have an established reputation but who are driving their firm's growth. ‘Associates to Watch’ are senior associates who are recognized for their support in major cases.
The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.
The rankings and editorial comment about lawyers are independent and objective. Inclusion in this section of the guide is based solely on the research team's findings. No firm or attorney can buy their way in.