Law firm intake sizes

Class size 10 years

Tracking law firm hiring over ten years.

Since our first edition in 2009 we've tracked the entry-level hiring numbers for 79 firms. As you can see in the graph above, the largest firms initially suffered the most in the years following the recession, but over the past few years have bounced back and pulled away from the rest of the market. The biggest firms have expanded (but also fluctuated) noticeably over ten years, but the rest of the market has remained cautious and relatively stable, contracting by a quarter at the lower end.  

Law firm

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Akin Gump

70

36

40

38

50

33

33

38

44

53

Allen & Overy

11

18

20

21

22

16

17

21

21

21

Alston & Bird

7

79

49

64

52

36

34

38

44

46

Baker Botts

88

38

48

48

48

40

52

64

52

56

Bracewell

32

33

23

19

25

34

20

23

26

17

Brown Rudnick

14

15

21

18

20

23

14

14

6

8

Cadwalader

54

27

26

31

39

37

34

40

32

21

Cahill Gordon & Reindel

49

33

41

34

34

47

38

37

42

38

Choate Hall & Stewart

16

13

18

11

13

15

10

11

15

15

Cleary

89

110

81

93

126

99

92

90

91

120

Clifford Chance US

19

41

30

24

20

22

29

29

21

28

Cooley

48

38

30

46

48

46

44

45

53

51

Cravath, Swaine & Moore

95

89

99

44

75

94

92

90

105

92

Crowell & Moring

17

21

15

14

16

18

14

11

12

20

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost

13

14

9

15

11

8

7

8

9

6

Davis Polk & Wardwell

93

98

70

92

109

101

112

133

143

129

Debevoise & Plimpton

59

82

35

47

62

66

76

75

71

75

DLA Piper  (US)

92

62

53

49

50

30

35

31

32

34

Duane Morris

11

9

9

12

13

9

10

18

16

15

Dykema Gossett PLLC

14

6

5

6

12

8

16

10

10

11

Epstein Becker & Green PC

6

6

7

6

9

8

8

10

12

9

Finnegan

39

27

31

28

30

25

21

24

19

22

Fish & Richardson PC

9

20

24

20

15

18

22

25

23

17

Fitzpatrick

21

18

16

12

15

8

10

9

6

6

Fox Rothschild

12

13

13

13

12

11

12

19

24

18

Freshfields

12

8

15

11

7

18

17

20

22

18

Fried, Frank

49

53

51

39

32

26

43

52

52

60

Gibbons P.C.

7

10

10

10

10

10

6

N/A

9

N/A

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

136

123

89

103

125

111

109

96

93

100

Goodwin

114

87

71

45

53

57

55

60

50

50

Greenberg Traurig, PA

36

150

71

45

52.5

57

55

36

49

38

Haynes and Boone,

36

33

23

26

31

31

29

30

39

26

Hogan Lovells

46

56

86

54

58

58

57

62

72

82

Holland & Knight

32

36

50

34

34

24

27

38

39

21

Hunton Andrews Kurth

25

13

18

19

32

24

26

31

26

41

Irell & Manella

10

29

20

26

23

23

14

15

11

14

Jackson Walker

32

12

12

13

17

15

9

15

17

13

Jenner & Block

144

44

37

28

35

20

28

34

35

33

Jones Day

79

133

94

117

126

101

129

118

120

150

K&L Gates

13

104

63

51

70

85

67

64

51

Kasowitz Benson Torres

18

19

18

22

18

16

18

6

8

9

Katten Muchin Rosenman

40

7

11

29

28

31

23

23

13

23

King & Spalding

18

43

26

15

22

31

24

27

30

35

Kirkland & Ellis

158

130

142

140

141

111

114

140

172

251

Kramer Levin

22

20

14

11

16

17

12

12

11

16

Latham & Watkins

123

203

131

150

115

133

104

156

181

163

Linklaters

35

25

20

19

26

20

23

17

13

22

Mayer Brown

119

94

59

30

47

49

60

68

55

50

Milbank

65

55

22

31

43

42

46

51

67

79

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

20

70

51

59

62

56

86

61

52

56

Munger, Tolles & Olson

17

23

17

15

14

18

17

10

24

22

Orrick

77

47

33

39

28

26

31

33

44

51

Patterson Belknap

9

11

13

16

6

6

6

17

5

2

Paul, Weiss

95

86

61

66

97

92

84

120

118

101

Perkins Coie

30

37

36

23

27

31

30

38

43

42

Pillsbury

21

26

26

22

23

29

25

35

37

37

Proskauer Rose

70

56

86

40

43

41

62

53

8

74

Reed Smith

49

31

32

35

34

43

47

46

42

46

Ropes & Gray

182

187

216

116

126

96

108

133

152

135

Seward & Kissel

18

10

8

11

14

11

15

14

16

11

Shearman & Sterling

28

51

70

39

31

39

48

59

64

58

Sheppard, Mullin

27

28

28

26

30

31

29

32

28

30

Sidley Austin

156

60

154

104

115

120

101

96

105

155

Simpson Thacher

111

83

108

112

97

96

114

104

116

105

Skadden

143

184

92

86

135

149

186

200

188

187

Snell & Wilmer

24

23

14

18

17

22

19

13

24

21

Squire Patton Boggs

4

24

1

5

12

4

16

10

13

15

Stroock 

26

24

13

23

16

25

14

14

14

13

Sullivan & Cromwell

101

116

89

114

87

102

108

112

93

79

Venable

1

20

23

39

27

29

28

39

33

32

Vinson & Elkins

50

72

57

70

74

43

48

62

36

68

Waller

10

6

4

4

6

5

10

5

5

7

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

106

54

104

130

77

59

64

83

84

102

White & Case

106

54

104

130

77

58

55

72

93

108

Wiley Rein

18

13

18

13

13

16

12

8

8

8

Willkie Farr & Gallagher

75

47

27

22

42

43

55

66

51

52

WilmerHale

62

88

99

85

75

105

80

49

61

75

Winston & Strawn

119

69

36

48

41

23

43

51

61

58

Total

4102

3929

3627

3395

3514

3365

3506

3722

3795

4023