Top law firms for associate quality of life

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In our latest survey, we identified the best-performing law firms for associate quality of life.

We weigh up the perks and the demands of life in BigLaw and assess which firms find the best balance.

Methodology

For every firm taking part in our annual interview-based research, we also 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 D&I and pro bono. We also ask them about their expectations, aspirations and how important all these factors were when joining the profession and how those views change as they mature. Each question involves a rating, which we agglomerate here for comparison. The quality of life scores are a combination of all topics that can affect personal fulfillment at a law firm, from salary, to hours, to flexible working, to parental policy. 

 

Quality of life: law firm rankings 2022  

The elite

Adam Leitman Bailey | Akin Gump | Clifford Chance | Debevoise & Plimpton | Dechert | Greenberg Glusker | Holwell Shuster & Goldberg | Linklaters | McDermott | Patterson Belknap | 

Excellent performer

Axinn | Bracewell | Brown Rudnick | Finnegan | Foley & Lardner | Gibson, Dunn | Goodwin | Latham & Watkins | Orrick | Paul Hastings | Schulte Roth & Zabel | Sidley Austin | Waller | White & Case | Willkie Farr | 

Strong performer

Weil | Allen & Overy | Arnold & Porter | Cleary Gottlieb | Cooley | Crowell & Moring | Duane Morris | Foley Hoag | Freshfields | Haynes and Boone | Hogan Lovells US | Irell & Manella | Jackson Walker | Kramer Levin | Mayer Brown | Milbank | Morgan, Lewis & Bockius | Morrison & Foerster | Perkins Coie | Proskauer Rose | Ropes & Gray | Sheppard, Mullin | Skadden | Stroock Winston & Strawn | 

Endorsed

Alston & Bird | Baker Botts | Cadwalader | Cahill | Choate Hall & Stewart | Covington & Burling | Cozen O'Connor | Cravath | Davis Polk & Wardwell | DLA Piper | Dorsey & Whitney | Fish & Richardson | Fox Rothschild | Fried, Frank | Goulston & Storrs | Greenberg Traurig | Gunderson | Holland & Knight | Hunton Andrews Kurth | Jones Day | K&L Gates | Kasowitz Katten | King & Spalding | Mintz Levin | Munger, Tolles & Olson | Nelson Mullins | Norton Rose Fulbright | Paul, Weiss | Pillsbury | Polsinelli Reed Smith | Richards, Layton & Finger | Seward & Kissel | Seyfarth Shaw | Shearman & Sterling | Simpson Thacher | Sterne, Kessler | Sullivan & Cromwell | Vedder Price | Venable | Vinson & Elkins | Wiley Rein | WilmerHale Wilson Sonsini | 

 

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