Law firms try hard to make sure their interns have a great summer, and the chart below shows how well they did this year. Rankings are based on feedback from 7,459 law students at 162 law firms. Scores are based on nine key areas, including the interest level of the work, how much of it was “real” training and guidance, interactions with partners and full-time associates, how well the firm communicated its goals, how accurately the firm portrayed itself in interviews, how it rated overall as a place to work, and the respondents’ inclination to accept a job if one were offered. All responses were scored on a 5-point scale, with 5 being the highest score.
2008
Rank
2007
Rank
Firm, Location Average Score Respondents
(Response Rate)
1 1 Nutter McClennen, Boston 5 10 (100%)
2 18 Cozen O’Connor, Philadelphia 4.97 11 (100%)
3 55 Crowell & Moring, Washington, D.C. 4.918 22 (96%)
4 119 Young Conaway, Wilmington 4.917 12 (100%)
5 23 Gibson, Dunn, National 4.908 120 (71%)
6 8 Willkie Farr, New York 4.901 65 (80%)
7 3 Buchanan Ingersoll, Pittsburgh 4.862 23 (100%)
8 4 Morgan, Lewis, National 4.859 84 (93%)
9 5 Mintz, Levin, Boston 4.844 28 (80%)
10 27 Bingham McCutchen, National 4.842 59 (91%)
11 - Holland & Hart, Denver 4.838 20 (91%)
12 45 Bell, Boyd, Chicago 4.833 12 (100%)
13 16 Gunderson Dettmer, Menlo Park, California 4.832 20 (87%)
14 50 Ropes & Gray, Boston 4.826 130 (74%)
15 98 Dykema Gossett, Detroit 4.824 19 (90%)
16 96 Reed Smith, National 4.816 76 (89%)
17 14 Chapman and Cutler, Chicago 4.811 10 (100%)
18 49 King & Spalding, Atlanta 4.81 41 (51%)
19 - Wildman, Harrold, Chicago 4.807 12 (92%)
20 - Goulston & Storrs, Boston 4.803 13 (93%)
21 6 Ballard Spahr, Philadelphia 4.791 31 (70%)
22 24 Dechert, National 4.782 73 (70%)
23 21 Kelley Drye, New York 4.781 22 (76%)
24 12 Choate, Hall, Boston 4.778 21 (91%)
25 2 Fox Rothschild, Philadelphia 4.77 16 (100%)
26 129 Akin Gump, National 4.768 86 (83%)
27 30 McDermott Will, National 4.763 71 (90%)
28 77 Saul Ewing, Philadelphia 4.761 12 (100%)
29 166 Hinshaw & Culbertson, Chicago 4.76 16 (89%)
29 53 Kasowitz, Benson, New York 4.76 13 (87%)
31 28 Alston & Bird, Atlanta 4.759 81 (74%)
32 100 Kirkland & Ellis, National 4.758 129 (69%)
33 71 Proskauer Rose, New York 4.754 83 (87%)
34 86 Dow Lohnes, Washington, D.C. 4.749 11 (100%)
35 17 Dickstein Shapiro, Washington, D.C. 4.744 30 (97%)
35 - Sullivan & Worcester, Boston 4.744 10 (91%)
37 165 Venable, Washington, D.C. 4.737 35 (92%)
38 - Lindquist & Vennum, Minneapolis 4.733 10 (100%)
39 6 Blank Rome, Philadelphia 4.731 40 (95%)
40 - Miles & Stockbridge, Baltimore 4.726 13 (93%)
41 114 Sheppard, Mullin, Los Angeles 4.719 35 (73%)
42 33 Foley Hoag, Boston 4.711 20 (91%)
43 163 Baker & McKenzie, International 4.71 81 (86%)
44 10 Milbank, Tweed, New York 4.703 89 (80%)
45 - Finnegan, Henderson, Washington, D.C. 4.699 36 (73%)
45 15 Pillsbury Winthrop, National 4.699 74 (87%)
47 127 Kilpatrick Stockton, Atlanta 4.698 30 (88%)
48 - Stradley Ronon, Philadelphia 4.689 10 (67%)
49 124 Edwards Angell, Boston 4.673 27 (90%)
50 39 Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C. 4.671 63 (85%)
51 59 Pepper Hamilton, Philadelphia 4.667 36 (88%)
52 19 Goodwin Procter, Boston 4.663 115 (81%)
53 140 McKee Nelson, New York 4.658 14 (100%)
54 89 Vorys, Sater, Columbus 4.654 18 (75%)
55 32 Thompson & Knight, Dallas 4.642 22 (61%)
56 42 Hunton & Williams, Richmond 4.641 41 (79%)
57 65 Brown Rudnick, Boston 4.623 28 (97%)
57 137 Katten Muchin, Chicago 4.623 57 (95%)
59 41 Faegre & Benson, Minneapolis 4.619 47 (81%)
60 44 Orrick, National 4.616 92 (89%)
61 - Polsinelli Shalton, Kansas City, Missouri 4.611 10 (71%)
62 68 Manatt, Phelps, Los Angeles 4.608 13 (65%)
63 38 Drinker Biddle, Philadelphia 4.604 41 (87%)
63 119 Heller Ehrman, San Francisco 4.604 51 (93%)
65 29 Carlton Fields, Tampa 4.597 19 (90%)
66 64 O’Melveny & Myers, Los Angeles 4.59 96 (77%)
67 94 Morgan & Finnegan, New York 4.582 12 (100%)
68 126 Cravath, New York 4.578 98 (59%)
69 52 Bryan Cave, St. Louis 4.577 61 (84%)
70 20 Schulte Roth, New York 4.573 57 (90%)
71 59 Paul, Hastings, National 4.572 153 (92%)
71 34 Sidley Austin, National 4.572 117 (64%)
73 8 Vedder, Price, Chicago 4.571 15 (83%)
74 138 Baker & Daniels, Indianapolis 4.569 26 (74%)
75 - Akerman Senterfitt, Miami 4.567 13 (68%)
76 71 Wolf, Block, Philadelphia 4.564 13 (100%)
77 164 Howrey, National 4.561 17 (43%)
77 115 Hughes Hubbard, New York 4.561 20 (67%)
79 152 Taft Stettinius, Cincinnati 4.556 12 (60%)
80 59 Cooley Godward, Palo Alto 4.554 66 (85%)
81 - Squire, Sanders, National 4.544 42 (61%)
82 - Townsend and Townsend, San Francisco 4.542 18 (75%)
83 53 Patterson Belknap, New York 4.54 14 (88%)
84 159 Michael Best, Milwaukee 4.539 28 (100%)
85 25 DLA Piper US, National 4.532 117 (97%)
86 84 Greenberg Traurig, National 4.53 58 (92%)
87 81 Shook, Hardy, Kansas City, Missouri 4.523 29 (74%)
88 105 Kaye Scholer, New York 4.522 33 (62%)
89 149 Wachtell, New York 4.519 14 (47%)
90 108 Irell & Manella, Los Angeles 4.517 18 (53%)
91 46 Quarles & Brady, Milwaukee 4.51 26 (81%)
92 58 Mayer Brown, National 4.503 134 (65%)
93 82 Fitzpatrick, Cella, New York 4.498 21 (78%)
94 73 Fish & Richardson, National 4.497 47 (85%)
95 110 Duane Morris, National 4.496 13 (93%)
96 104 Latham & Watkins, National 4.493 166 (63%)
97 86 Jones Day, National 4.488 124 (66%)
98 99 Cahill Gordon, New York 4.487 26 (54%)
99 151 Winston & Strawn, Chicago 4.486 79 (53%)
100 97 Fried, Frank, New York 4.484 74 (90%)
101 148 Wilson Sonsini, Palo Alto 4.483 61 (63%)
102 79 Perkins Coie, Seattle 4.478 44 (59%)
103 136 Fulbright & Jaworski, Houston 4.477 69 (53%)
104 69 Schiff Hardin, Chicago 4.476 14 (61%)
105 117 Skadden, National 4.472 183 (61%)
106 112 Robins, Kaplan, Minneapolis 4.471 12 (43%)
106 88 Troutman Sanders, Atlanta 4.471 51 (81%)
108 79 Clifford Chance, International 4.468 50 (89%)
108 76 Locke Lord, Dallas 4.468 45 (55%)
110 - Husch Blackwell, St. Louis 4.466 36 (59%)
111 12 McKenna Long, National 4.461 26 (93%)
112 62 Holland & Knight, National 4.458 58 (89%)
113 85 Hogan & Hartson, National 4.454 69 (61%)
114 106 Weil, Gotshal, New York 4.446 105 (54%)
115 130 Jenner & Block, Chicago 4.442 35 (88%)
116 67 Curtis, Mallet, New York 4.436 14 (93%)
117 66 Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco 4.426 110 (67%)
118 - Gardere Wynne, Dallas 4.423 26 (79%)
118 93 Sullivan & Cromwell, New York 4.423 71 (46%)
120 92 K&L Gates, National 4.419 73 (79%)
121 150 Thompson Hine, Cleveland 4.418 18 (50%)
122 128 Davis Polk, New York 4.417 82 (64%)
123 142 Linklaters, International 4.414 40 (82%)
123 119 Nixon Peabody, National 4.414 40 (75%)
125 132 Fenwick & West, Mountain View, California 4.413 32 (91%)
126 135 Winstead, Dallas 4.412 13 (45%)
127 25 Arent Fox, Washington, D.C. 4.404 25 (81%)
127 57 Kramer Levin, New York 4.404 19 (63%)
129 144 Munger, Tolles, Los Angeles 4.392 13 (62%)
130 101 Sutherland Asbill, Atlanta 4.386 29 (45%)
131 157 Debevoise & Plimpton, New York 4.381 29 (43%)
131 123 Paul, Weiss, New York 4.381 73 (71%)
133 132 Cleary Gottlieb, New York 4.368 61 (56%)
134 160 Baker Botts, Houston 4.36 96 (63%)
134 91 Lowenstein Sandler, Roseland, New Jersey 4.36 18 (82%)
136 82 Wilmer, National 4.349 76 (68%)
137 161 Cadwalader, New York 4.34 28 (48%)
138 48 Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix 4.338 26 (74%)
139 153 Foley & Lardner, Milwaukee 4.328 96 (55%)
140 31 Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis 4.321 50 (85%)
140 147 Simpson Thacher, New York 4.321 77 (53%)
142 134 Haynes and Boone, Dallas 4.317 42 (55%)
143 43 Morris, Manning, Atlanta 4.3 13 (72%)
144 70 Allen & Overy, International 4.299 14 (61%)
145 155 Wiley Rein, Washington, D.C. 4.288 34 (89%)
146 168 Andrews Kurth, Houston 4.279 49 (96%)
146 139 Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C. 4.279 76 (84%)
148 115 Shearman & Sterling, International 4.277 87 (62%)
149 47 Chadbourne & Parke, New York 4.271 34 (83%)
150 78 Morris, Nichols, Wilmington 4.27 14 (82%)
151 125 Steptoe & Johnson, Washington, D.C. 4.249 20 (65%)
152 153 Dewey & LeBoeuf, New York 4.247 78 (67%)
153 158 Baker & Hostetler, National 4.24 42 (69%)
154 37 Patton Boggs, Washington, D.C. 4.239 22 (52%)
155 40 Seyfarth Shaw, National 4.232 30 (88%)
156 161 White & Case, International 4.216 145(77%)
157 130 Thacher Proffitt, New York 4.18 16 (638%)
158 112 Bracewell & Giuliani, Houston 4.118 38 (63%)
159 101 Best Best, Riverside, California 4.07 10 (91%)
160 - Williams Mullen, Richmond 4.044 25 (88%)
161 - Stroock & Stroock, New York 3.913 39 (72%)
162 143 Bass, Berry, Nashville 3.557 22 (71%)
The American Lawyer Student Edition, Fall 2008