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How do we come up with The A-List? We take the rankings from four surveys we conduct throughout the year and convert the firms’ ranks to points. Then we weigh their values to find the firm’s overall score. These are the four components of The A-List: � Revenue per lawyer ranks come from our Am Law 100 and Am Law 200 reports that appeared in the July and August 2005 issues. The financials are based on fiscal year 2004. We take a firm’s rank and invert it to come up with its points. For example, the No. 1 firm gets 200 points, and the No. 200 firm receives one point. � We collect information on a firm’s pro bono activity when we conduct our Am Law 200 reporting. We look at both per capita hours and the number of firm lawyers who performed at least 20 hours of service annually to come up with the ranks. Then we invert the rank to come up with point values in the same fashion as RPL. � Associate satisfaction ranks are determined when we survey third- and fourth-year midlevel associates. The associate rankings come from our October 2004 issue. Any firm can participate in this survey. Last year 148 firms had at least 10 responses, which qualified the firm for a national ranking. The top-ranked firm gets a score of 200 and the bottom-ranked gets a score of 53 when we calculate their numbers. � Diversity ranks come from Minority Law Journal‘s Diversity Scorecard, which ranks firms based on their percentage of minority lawyers. The firms surveyed include The National Law Journal‘s NLJ 250 plus 10 Am Law 200 firms that don’t make the NLJ head count cutoff. The rankings we used for The A-List come from the MLJ’s Summer 2005 issue, which includes 260 firms. In that case the top-ranked firm gets a score of 200, and all firms below the rank of 200 get a single point. Firms that did not participate in the associate survey and did not provide diversity or pro bono statistics did not receive any points for those surveys. To come up with The A-List score, we double the points for both revenue per lawyer and pro bono and add them to the scores from the associate satisfaction and diversity surveys. Then we rank the firms by their total scores. The top 20 form The A-List. If you want to determine an Am Law 200 firm’s score, here’s the formula: [RPL score x 2] + [PB score x 2] + AS score + D score = total score.

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