The associate mentorship factor

How many mentors are available to you when you join?

Good mentorship is crucial for early-stages development as a lawyer. This isn't a guide to the quality of the mentoring – for that you'll have to read the Inside View – but this table gives an idea of how many experienced lawyers you'll have on hand to ask stupid questions from and generally mould you into a competent lawyer.

Worth noting is that the largest recruiters lie almost exclusively towards the bottom of the table. This is because the Manhattan elites operate a more pyramidal staff structure than elsewhere. So when you read in our editorials that associates at the biggest firms genuinely felt like they were handed responsibility, and definitely didn't feel like a cog in a machine, and you think 'wait, surely that can't be true?' this table might explain why these associates do in fact enjoy some responsibility, despite the giant size of the hiring class. It's clear from this that these firms want the most self-sufficient candidates.

At the biggest firms, their hiring models unashamedly rely upon some attrition at the mid-level, and making partner is very competitive. Outside of New York, partner-associate ratios are closer to 1:1, and they hire in lower numbers with a more genuine intent to raise you to partnership. Both types of firm have pros and cons.

Firm

Partners

 

Associates

 

Total 

lawyers

Intake

size

Available mentors

per 1st-year

Patterson

50

105

155

2

77.5

Greenberg Traurig, PA

992

1,051

2,043

38

53.8

Holland & Knight LLP

628

493

1,121

21

53.4

Cozen O'Connor

444

169

613

12

51.1

Duane Morris LLP

397

324

721

15

48.1

Hangley

32

14

46

1

46.0

Nelson Mullins

362

235

597

13

45.9

Fox Rothschild LLP

497

241

738

18

41.0

Dykema Gossett PLLC

276

141

417

11

37.9

DLA Piper LLP (US)

612

543

1,155

34

34.0

Waller

133

104

237

7

33.9

Squire Patton Boggs

262

244

506

15

33.7

Mintz Levin

239

219

458

14

32.7

Thompson & Knight LLP

148

79

227

7

32.4

Goulston & Storrs

121

70

191

6

31.8

Greenberg Glusker

63

29

92

3

30.7

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

90

176

266

9

29.6

Sterne, Kessler

54

63

117

4

29.3

Epstein Becker & Green PC

132

128

260

9

28.9

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

393

263

656

23

28.5

Jackson Walker LLP

243

99

342

13

26.3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

633

762

1,395

56

24.9

Perkins Coie LLP

513

497

1,010

42

24.0

Vedder Price

160

126

286

12

23.8

Wiley Rein LLP

113

57

170

8

21.3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

472

245

717

34

21.1

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost

52

74

126

6

21.0

K&L Gates

591

474

1,065

51

20.9

Bracewell LLP

158

196

354

17

20.8

Troutman Sanders LLP

295

267

562

27

20.8

Haynes and Boone, LLP

230

311

541

26

20.8

Fish & Richardson PC

182

162

344

17

20.2

Sheppard, Mullin

324

281

605

30

20.2

Brown Rudnick LLP

85

75

160

8

20.0

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

98

217

315

16

19.7

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

75

172

247

13

19.0

King & Spalding LLP

338

317

655

35

18.7

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

387

372

759

41

18.5

Reed Smith LLP

448

395

843

46

18.3

Venable LLP

306

272

578

32

18.1

Cooley LLP

300

600

900

51

17.6

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

49

55

104

6

17.3

Snell & Wilmer LLP

202

153

355

21

16.9

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

79

39

118

7

16.9

Crowell & Moring LLP

188

149

337

20

16.9

Norton Rose Fulbright

309

325

634

38

16.7

Foley & Lardner LLP

482

402

884

53

16.7

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

299

541

840

51

16.5

Mayer Brown LLP

401

417

818

50

16.4

Alston & Bird LLP

345

366

711

46

15.5

Goodwin

318

444

762

50

15.2

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

297

245

542

37

14.6

Winston & Strawn LLP

398

428

826

58

14.2

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

186

438

624

44

14.2

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

82

167

249

18

13.8

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

299

467

766

56

13.7

Seward & Kissel LLP

53

92

145

11

13.2

Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

37

13

50

4

12.5

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.

8

17

25

2

12.5

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

167

476

643

52

12.4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

267

386

653

53

12.3

Jenner & Block LLP

227

179

406

33

12.3

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

204

438

642

53

12.1

Dechert LLP

209

371

580

48

12.1

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

77

172

249

21

11.9

Finnegan

121

134

255

22

11.6

Hogan Lovells

400

525

925

82

11.3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

317

800

1,117

100

11.2

Morrison & Foerster LLP

237

404

641

58

11.1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

41

157

198

18

11.0

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

63

97

160

15

10.7

WilmerHale

249

538

787

75

10.5

Baker Botts LLP

243

340

583

56

10.4

Jones Day

656

843

1,499

150

10.0

Clifford Chance US LLP

72

201

273

28

9.8

Latham & Watkins LLP

502

1,087

1,589

163

9.7

Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

25

40

65

7

9.3

Sidley Austin LLP

577

808

1,385

155

8.9

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

86

250

336

38

8.8

Linklaters

43

147

190

22

8.6

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

84

106

190

22

8.6

Shearman & Sterling LLP

undisclosed

 

492

58

8.5

Proskauer Rose LLP

235

386

621

74

8.4

Ropes & Gray LLP

235

879

1,114

135

8.3

Allen & Overy LLP

45

128

173

21

8.2

Vinson & Elkins LLP

201

340

541

68

8.0

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

137

476

613

79

7.8

Paul, Weiss

132

612

744

101

7.4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

134

417

551

75

7.3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

838

1,000

1,838

251

7.3

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

155

602

757

105

7.2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

181

538

719

102

7.0

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

66

201

267

38

7.0

Fried, Frank

122

298

420

60

7.0

Irell & Manella LLP

46

48

94

14

6.7

Skadden

289

900

1,189

187

6.4

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

132

688

820

129

6.4

White & Case LLP

186

477

663

108

6.1

Milbank

114

356

470

79

5.9

Paul Hastings LLP

232

58

290

59

4.9

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

108

481

589

120

4.9

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

75

358

433

92

4.7