Summer associates around the country ranked the firms where they spent the summer. Only those offices with at least five respondents are included here. The information on this chart pertains only to the firm’s office in the indicated city. All responses were scored on a 5-point scale, with 5 being the highest score. Purchase the electronic version of the 2009 Summer Associate Survey from ALM Legal Intelligence by visiting www.almlegalintelligence.com or by calling 1-888-770-5647.
Location Rank in city Score for office/city Respondents
Arizona
Phoenix
CITY AVERAGE 4.639
Lewis and Roca 1 4.689 5
Snell & Wilmer 2 4.667 10
Perkins Coie 3 4.561 9
California
Los Angeles
CITY AVERAGE 4.476
Pillsbury Winthrop 1 5.000 5
Bingham McCutchen (Santa Monica) 2 4.978 5
Paul, Hastings 3 4.890 19
Winston & Strawn 4 4.800 5
Gibson, Dunn 5 4.784 32
Orrick 6 4.702 6
Kirkland & Ellis 7 4.684 13
Skadden 8 4.644 5
Bingham McCutchen 9 4.634 7
Sheppard, Mullin 10 4.622 11
Akin Gump 11 4.551 7
Foley & Lardner 12 4.536 11
Irell & Manella 13 4.487 13
Katten Muchin 14 4.467 5
Jones Day 15 4.422 6
Munger, Tolles 16 4.419 14
Milbank, Tweed 17 4.396 7
Hogan & Hartson 18 4.351 6
Mayer Brown 19 4.322 5
Proskauer Rose 20 4.277 6
O’Melveny & Myers 21 4.276 15
White & Case 22 4.267 5
Sullivan & Cromwell 23 4.193 6
O’Melveny & Myers (Century City) 24 4.099 15
Latham & Watkins 25 4.071 23
Sidley Austin 26 3.496 11
Orange County
CITY AVERAGE 4.892
Gibson, Dunn (Irvine) 1 5.000 10
Paul, Hastings (Costa Mesa) 1 5.000 5
O’Melveny & Myers (Newport Beach) 3 4.878 9
Irell & Manella (Newport Beach) 4 4.689 5
San Diego
CITY AVERAGE 4.627
DLA Piper US 1 4.911 5
Cooley Godward 2 4.742 6
Morrison & Foerster 3 4.703 6
Latham & Watkins 4 4.400 5
Sheppard, Mullin 5 4.378 5
San Francisco Bay Area
CITY AVERAGE 4.608
Ropes & Gray 1 4.978 10
Bingham McCutchen 2 4.951 9
Bingham McCutchen (East Palo Alto) 3 4.933 5
Gibson, Dunn (Palo Alto) 4 4.911 5
Goodwin Procter (Menlo Park) 4 4.911 5
Orrick (Menlo Park) 6 4.910 11
Morgan, Lewis 7 4.872 13
Paul, Hastings 8 4.870 12
Gibson, Dunn 9 4.869 6
Jones Day 10 4.818 11
Sedgwick, Detert 11 4.733 5
Jones Day (Palo Alto) 12 4.720 6
Morrison & Foerster 13 4.717 18
McDermott Will (Menlo Park) 14 4.711 5
O’Melveny & Myers 15 4.667 11
Kirkland & Ellis 16 4.644 10
Wilson Sonsini (Palo Alto) 17 4.591 33
Morrison & Foerster (Palo Alto) 18 4.589 10
Baker & McKenzie 19 4.578 5
Ropes & Gray (Palo Alto) 19 4.578 5
Latham & Watkins (Menlo Park) 21 4.572 8
Orrick 22 4.560 17
Pillsbury Winthrop 23 4.488 8
Skadden (Palo Alto) 24 4.462 6
Davis Polk (Menlo Park) 25 4.444 6
Townsend and Townsend (Palo Alto) 25 4.444 5
Cooley Godward 27 4.399 6
Simpson Thacher (Palo Alto) 28 4.371 6
Nixon Peabody 29 4.364 7
Kirkland & Ellis (Palo Alto) 30 4.360 7
Latham & Watkins 31 4.358 9
Winston & Strawn 32 4.322 10
Fenwick & West (Mountain View) 33 4.241 14
Wilmer (Palo Alto) 34 4.200 5
Cooley Godward (Palo Alto) 35 4.134 9
Colorado
Denver
CITY AVERAGE 4.441
Holland & Hart 1 4.630 9
Faegre & Benson 2 4.252 8
Delaware
Wilmington
CITY AVERAGE 4.510
Young Conaway 1 4.858 7
Skadden 2 4.433 8
Morris, Nichols 3 4.387 11
Potter Anderson 4 4.363 7
District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.
CITY AVERAGE 4.591
Akin Gump 1 4.972 12
Bingham McCutchen 2 4.969 7
King & Spalding 3 4.946 8
Paul, Hastings 4 4.933 15
Gibson, Dunn 5 4.912 28
Ropes & Gray 6 4.897 13
Crowell & Moring 7 4.892 30
Alston & Bird 8 4.781 8
DLA Piper US 9 4.778 7
Kelley Drye 9 4.778 5
Morgan, Lewis 11 4.776 17
Dickstein Shapiro 12 4.731 14
Patton Boggs 13 4.730 7
Pillsbury Winthrop 14 4.707 9
Skadden 15 4.706 14
Jones Day 16 4.698 14
McKenna Long 17 4.689 5
Covington & Burling 18 4.671 59
Mayer Brown 19 4.666 7
Drinker Biddle 20 4.644 5
Sidley Austin 21 4.630 25
Howrey 22 4.629 12
Kirkland & Ellis 23 4.624 14
Morrison & Foerster 24 4.589 7
Blank Rome 25 4.578 5
Finnegan, Henderson 26 4.577 14
Wiley Rein 27 4.561 16
Hughes Hubbard 28 4.558 8
Steptoe & Johnson 29 4.543 9
Shearman & Sterling 30 4.533 5
Goodwin Procter 31 4.467 5
Fried, Frank 32 4.460 7
O’Melveny & Myers 33 4.427 6
Wilmer 34 4.420 38
Winston & Strawn 35 4.396 9
Arent Fox 36 4.381 7
Sullivan & Cromwell 37 4.356 5
Cleary Gottlieb 38 4.352 9
Reed Smith 39 4.351 6
Hogan & Hartson 40 4.348 30
Arnold & Porter 41 4.343 23
White & Case 42 4.159 18
McDermott Will 43 4.022 19
Latham & Watkins 44 3.827 9
Florida
Miami
CITY AVERAGE 4.705
Holland & Knight 1 4.814 6
Carlton Fields 2 4.596 8
Tampa
Carlton Fields 4.744 10
Georgia
Atlanta
CITY AVERAGE 4.580
King & Spalding 1 4.762 17
Paul, Hastings 2 4.710 10
Alston & Bird 3 4.653 29
McKenna Long 4 4.639 14
Sutherland Asbill 5 4.627 8
Troutman Sanders 6 4.612 16
Jones Day 7 4.610 6
Arnall Golden 8 4.522 10
Bryan Cave 9 4.500 6
Smith, Gambrell 10 4.167 6
Illinois
Chicago
CITY AVERAGE 4.553
DLA Piper US 1 4.859 7
Chapman and Cutler 2 4.837 8
Greenberg Traurig 3 4.813 6
K&L Gates 4 4.804 9
Ropes & Gray 5 4.706 5
Baker & McKenzie 6 4.657 9
Schiff Hardin 7 4.587 7
Vedder Price 8 4.578 5
Kirkland & Ellis 9 4.558 46
Jones Day 10 4.554 16
McDermott Will 11 4.537 11
Drinker Biddle 12 4.511 5
Skadden 13 4.471 13
Latham & Watkins 14 4.467 5
Jenner & Block 15 4.412 33
Sidley Austin 16 4.319 30
Katten Muchin 17 4.300 13
Winston & Strawn 18 4.280 21
Mayer Brown 19 4.266 34
Indiana
Indianapolis
CITY AVERAGE 4.500
Bose McKinney 1 4.600 5
Barnes & Thornburg 2 4.400 5
Maryland
Baltimore
CITY AVERAGE 4.626
Miles & Stockbridge 1 4.829 9
Whiteford, Taylor 2 4.422 5
Massachusetts
Boston
CITY AVERAGE 4.681
K&L Gates 1 4.981 6
Nutter McClennen 2 4.967 10
Bingham McCutchen 3 4.953 16
Weil, Gotshal 4 4.931 8
Cooley Godward 5 4.822 5
Ropes & Gray 6 4.790 87
Proskauer Rose 7 4.650 15
Foley Hoag 8 4.649 12
Mintz, Levin 9 4.636 15
Wilmer 10 4.522 33
Brown Rudnick 11 4.492 7
Goodwin Procter 12 4.392 18
Sullivan & Worcester 13 4.390 6
Dechert 14 4.356 5
Michigan
Detroit
Honigman Miller 4.573 6
Minnesota
Minneapolis
CITY AVERAGE 4.506
Dorsey and Whitney 1 4.742 41
Robins, Kaplan 2 4.722 14
Lindquist & Vennum 3 4.666 7
Leonard, Street 4 4.543 8
Faegre & Benson 5 3.856 10
Missouri
Kansas City
CITY AVERAGE 4.541
Shook, Hardy 1 4.562 16
Bryan Cave 2 4.519 6
St. Louis
Bryan Cave 4.819 19
Nevada
Las Vegas
Lewis and Roca 4.533 5
New York
New York
CITY AVERAGE 4.445
Crowell & Moring 1 4.920 7
Morgan, Lewis 2 4.912 22
Kasowitz, Benson 3 4.903 15
Gibson, Dunn 4 4.868 34
Bingham McCutchen 5 4.859 7
Bryan Cave 6 4.822 5
Ropes & Gray 7 4.818 56
Paul, Hastings 8 4.792 31
Patterson Belknap 9 4.789 10
Akin Gump 10 4.744 20
Willkie Farr 11 4.720 39
Dewey & LeBoeuf 12 4.711 58
Sheppard, Mullin 12 4.711 5
Morrison & Foerster 14 4.700 10
Covington & Burling 15 4.689 5
Mayer Brown 16 4.678 31
King & Spalding 17 4.644 5
Alston & Bird 18 4.629 6
Proskauer Rose 19 4.618 45
Hogan & Hartson 20 4.612 14
Reed Smith 21 4.610 6
Allen & Overy 22 4.592 12
Latham & Watkins 23 4.591 16
Orrick 24 4.583 20
Wachtell, Lipton 25 4.563 17
Schulte Roth 26 4.559 34
Carter Ledyard 27 4.554 6
Milbank, Tweed 28 4.550 46
Wilmer 29 4.534 12
Kirkland & Ellis 30 4.518 30
Cleary Gottlieb 31 4.501 55
Kramer Levin 32 4.483 20
Cravath 33 4.464 52
Skadden 34 4.456 36
Goodwin Procter 35 4.454 11
Weil, Gotshal 36 4.437 28
O’Melveny & Myers 37 4.427 13
Davis Polk 38 4.421 71
Chadbourne & Parke 39 4.418 21
Curtis, Mallet 40 4.412 13
Hughes Hubbard 41 4.399 32
Dickstein Shapiro 42 4.363 8
Fried, Frank 43 4.358 27
Debevoise & Plimpton 44 4.338 58
Sidley Austin 45 4.321 18
Cahill Gordon 46 4.308 26
DLA Piper US 47 4.301 18
Paul, Weiss 48 4.297 83
Kaye Scholer 49 4.293 19
Sullivan & Cromwell 49 4.293 50
McDermott Will 51 4.290 17
Baker Botts 52 4.286 7
White & Case 53 4.282 41
Greenberg Traurig 54 4.279 8
Blank Rome 55 4.273 6
Kelley Drye 56 4.269 9
Jones Day 57 4.262 10
Baker & McKenzie 58 4.259 12
Katten Muchin 59 4.236 14
Stroock & Stroock 60 4.203 17
Clifford Chance 61 4.197 25
Linklaters 62 4.151 15
Fitzpatrick, Cella 63 4.123 9
Winston & Strawn 64 4.093 12
Shearman & Sterling 65 4.067 33
Simpson Thacher 66 4.056 37
Cadwalader, Wickersham 67 4.004 15
Cooley Godward 68 3.961 8
Dechert 69 3.829 11
Pillsbury Winthrop 70 3.489 5
North Carolina
Charlotte
Alston & Bird 4.554 7
Ohio
Cincinnati
Vorys, Sater 4.956 5
Cleveland
CITY AVERAGE 4.448
Jones Day 1 4.453 11
Baker & Hostetler 2 4.442 13
Columbus
CITY AVERAGE 4.635
Vorys, Sater 1 4.647 6
Jones Day 2 4.622 5
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
CITY AVERAGE 4.681
Cozen O’Connor 1 4.993 18
Drinker Biddle 2 4.981 18
White and Williams 3 4.921 7
Morgan, Lewis 4 4.876 22
Duane Morris 5 4.829 13
Ballard Spahr 6 4.601 15
Pepper Hamilton 7 4.556 13
Reed Smith 8 4.537 6
Stradley Ronon 9 4.444 7
Blank Rome 10 4.423 15
Dechert 11 4.330 10
Pittsburgh
CITY AVERAGE 4.605
Buchanan Ingersoll 1 4.962 6
Jones Day 2 4.630 6
K&L Gates 3 4.222 5
Tennessee
Nashville
Bass, Berry 4.033 10
Texas
Austin
Baker Botts 4.190 9
Dallas
CITY AVERAGE 4.549
Gibson, Dunn 1 4.844 5
Akin Gump 2 4.828 9
Alston & Bird 3 4.711 5
K&L Gates 4 4.644 5
Haynes and Boone 5 4.548 28
Thompson & Knight 6 4.511 12
Jones Day 7 4.491 12
Locke Lord 8 4.373 10
Baker Botts 9 4.283 18
Andrews Kurth 10 4.260 6
Houston
CITY AVERAGE 4.288
Baker & Hostetler 1 4.773 6
Haynes and Boone 2 4.546 13
Bracewell & Giuliani 3 4.460 24
Baker Botts 4 4.456 16
Andrews Kurth 5 4.411 16
Locke Lord 6 4.320 15
Thompson & Knight 7 4.260 6
Akin Gump 8 4.222 10
Jones Day 9 3.828 9
Pillsbury Winthrop 10 3.600 5
Virginia
Reston
Cooley Godward 4.889 5
Richmond
Williams Mullen 4.272 11
Washington
Seattle
Perkins Coie 4.502 8
Wisconsin
Milwaukee
CITY AVERAGE 4.422
Michael Best 1 4.601 12
Quarles & Brady 2 4.500 6
Foley & Lardner 3 4.166 12
INTERNATIONAL
Japan
Tokyo
Morrison & Foerster 4.000 6
United Kingdom
London
Linklaters 4.311 10