US Summer Associate Programs Ranked

September 16, 2011 has stepped up with a new ranking to put law firm summer associate programs in some kind of order. Thank goodness.

This summer Vault surveyed around 16,000 law firm associates from 166 law firms across the US, asking them which firms offered the best work experience, which provided the most realistic view of what it would be like to work at the firm, and which programs were the most fun.

And in the final reckoning, the top ten summer associate programs are as follows:
1. Fish & Richardson
2. Baker & Hostetler
3. Cravath, Swaine & Moore
4. Williams & Connolly
5. Arent Fox
6. Baker & McKenzie
7. Dewey & LeBoeuf / Ropes & Gray (tie)
8. Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
9. Chadbourne & Parke
10. Venable

Vault’s fun firms are:
1. Ropes & Gray 2. Weil, Gotshal & Manges 3. Alston & Bird 4. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner 5. Schulte Roth & Zabel.


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