Top law firms for associate satisfaction

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In the 2021 survey, we identified the best performing law firms for associate satisfaction.

Methodology

For every firm taking part in our annual interview-based research, we invite their junior associates to respond to an online survey covering every aspect of law firm life. They complete 40 questions asking about everything from their initial views on the firm and its competitors, to their relationships with partners and clients, to the firm's handling of diversity and pro bono. We also ask them about their expectations, aspirations and exit plans. Each question involves a rating, which we agglomerate here for comparison. The satisfaction scores are a combination of all topics that can determine job satisfaction, including stress and mental health, career development and retention.

 

The top law firms for Associate Satisfaction 2022

The Elite

Akin Gump | Dechert | Finnegan | Gibson, Dunn | Holwell Shuster & Goldberg Latham & Watkins | McDermott | Paul Hastings | Sidley Austin | White & Case | 

Excellent performer

Arnold & Porter | Clifford Chance | Cooley | Debevoise & Plimpton | Foley & Lardner | Goodwin | Greenberg Glusker | Morgan, Lewis & Bockius | Munger, Tolles & Olson | Orrick | Patterson Belknap | Perkins Coie | Proskauer Rose | Sterne, Kessler | Willkie Farr | 

Strong performer

Adam Leitman Bailey | Axinn | Cleary Gottlieb | Crowell & Moring | Duane Morris | Fish & Richardson | Foley Hoag | Freshfields | Goulston & Storrs | Greenberg Traurig | Haynes and Boone | Hogan Lovells US | Holland & Knight | Hunton Andrews Kurth | Jackson Walker | Kramer Levin | Linklaters | Morrison & Foerster | Ropes & Gray | Schulte Roth & Zabel | Sheppard, Mullin | Waller | Weil | Wiley Rein | Winston & Strawn | 

Endorsed

Allen & Overy | Alston & Bird | Baker Botts | Bracewell | Brown Rudnick | Cadwalader | Cahill | Choate Hall & Stewart | Covington & Burling | Cozen O'Connor | Cravath | Davis Polk & Wardwell | DLA Piper | Dorsey & Whitney | Fox Rothschild | Fried, Frank | Gunderson | Irell & Manella | Jones Day | K&L Gates | Kasowitz | Katten | King & Spalding | Mayer Brown | Milbank | Mintz Levin | Nelson Mullins | Norton Rose Fulbright | Paul, Weiss | Pillsbury | Polsinelli Reed Smith | Richards, Layton & Finger | Seward & Kissel | Seyfarth Shaw | Shearman & Sterling | Simpson Thacher | Skadden | Stroock Sullivan & Cromwell | Vedder Price | Venable | Vinson & Elkins | WilmerHale Wilson Sonsini | 

 

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