Top law firms for career development

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In the 2022 survey, we identified the best-performing law firms for associate career development

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 career progression scores are a combination of all topics that can affect career progression, such as work acquisition and practice-building, partner mentoring and client contact, support on menial tasks, quality of case experiences, D&I policy affecting upward progress, pro bono work that develops skills. 

 

The top law firms for Career Development 2022

The Elite

Dechert | Finnegan | Foley Hoag | Greenberg Glusker | Holwell Shuster & Goldberg | McDermott | Munger, Tolles & Olson | Paul Hastings | Sidley Austin | White & Case | 

Excellent performer

Adam Leitman Bailey | Akin Gump | Axinn | Clifford Chance | Debevoise & Plimpton | Fish & Richardson | Foley & Lardner | Gibson, Dunn | Irell & Manella | Morgan, Lewis & Bockius | Patterson Belknap | Perkins Coie | Ropes & Gray | Sterne, Kessler | Winston & Strawn | 

Strong performer

Arnold & Porter | Baker Botts | Cleary Gottlieb | Cooley | Cozen O'Connor | Crowell & Moring | DLA Piper | Duane Morris | Freshfields | Goodwin | Goulston & Storrs | Greenberg Traurig | Gunderson | Holland & Knight | Jackson Walker | Kramer Levin | Latham & Watkins | Orrick | Pillsbury | Proskauer Rose | Sheppard, Mullin | Vedder Price | Wiley Rein | Willkie Farr | WilmerHale 

Endorsed

Allen & Overy | Alston & Bird | Bracewell | Brown Rudnick | Cadwalader | Cahill | Choate Hall & Stewart | Covington & Burling | Cravath | Davis Polk & Wardwell | Dorsey & Whitney | Fox Rothschild | Fried, Frank | Haynes and Boone | Hogan Lovells US | Hunton Andrews Kurth | Jones Day | K&L Gates | Kasowitz | Katten | King & Spalding | Linklaters | Mayer Brown | Milbank | Mintz Levin | Morrison & Foerster | Nelson Mullins | Norton Rose Fulbright | Paul, Weiss | Polsinelli | Reed Smith | Richards, Layton & Finger | Schulte Roth & Zabel | Seward & Kissel | Seyfarth Shaw | Shearman & Sterling | Simpson Thacher | Skadden | Stroock Sullivan & Cromwell | Venable | Vinson & Elkins | Waller | Weil | Wilson Sonsini | 

 

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