It was a challenging year for law school students as firms cut back on programs because of the recession, but interns who grabbed a spot ranked their summer jobs highly. The rankings below are based on feedback from 4,804 law students at 124 law firms. Scores are based on responses in nine key subject areas, including the interest level of the work, how much of it was “real,” training and guidance, interactions with partners and with 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. 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.
2009 Rank 2008 Rank Long Name Location Average Score Total Respondents Total Responses Response Rate
1 2 Cozen O’Connor Philadelphia 4.993 18 18 100%
2 1 Nutter McClennen & Fish Boston 4.967 10 10 100%
3 25 Fox Rothschild Philadelphia 4.910 11 11 100%
4 29 Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman New York 4.903 15 15 100%
5 10 Bingham McCutchen National 4.901 69 58 84%
6 3 Crowell & Moring Washington, D.C. 4.891 42 41 98%
7 5 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher National 4.872 150 122 81%
8 17 Chapman and Cutler Chicago 4.867 10 10 100%
9 95 Duane Morris National 4.827 14 14 100%
10 63 Drinker Biddle & Reath Philadelphia 4.820 37 33 89%
11 8 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius National 4.819 105 99 94%
12 71 Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker National 4.814 111 99 89%
13 14 Ropes & Gray Boston 4.810 215 176 82%
14 83 Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler New York 4.789 15 10 67%
14 54 Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease Columbus 4.789 13 11 85%
16 18 King & Spalding Atlanta 4.750 56 34 61%
17 6 Willkie Farr & Gallagher New York 4.726 55 41 75%
18 106 Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Minneapolis 4.722 14 14 100%
19 140 Dorsey & Whitney Minneapolis 4.704 55 50 91%
19 41 Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton Los Angeles 4.704 38 33 87%
21 65 Carlton Fields, P.A. Tampa 4.701 23 23 100%
22 26 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld National 4.681 66 61 92%
23 11 Holland & Hart Denver 4.672 16 16 100%
24 50 Covington & Burling Washington, D.C. 4.664 77 67 87%
25 152 Dewey & LeBoeuf New York 4.663 84 65 77%
26 31 Alston & Bird Atlanta 4.654 82 59 72%
27 91 Quarles & Brady Milwaukee 4.651 21 14 67%
28 42 Foley Hoag Boston 4.649 18 12 67%
29 120 K&L Gates National 4.638 58 41 71%
30 84 Michael Best & Friedrich Milwaukee 4.633 21 20 95%
31 60 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe National 4.632 67 63 94%
32 101 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Palo Alto 4.628 57 44 77%
33 154 Patton Boggs Washington, D.C. 4.616 26 15 58%
34 111 McKenna Long & Aldridge National 4.612 25 22 88%
34 106 Troutman Sanders Atlanta 4.612 49 16 33%
36 - Lewis and Roca Phoenix 4.609 11 10 91%
37 85 DLA Piper US National 4.602 67 66 99%
38 117 Morrison & Foerster San Francisco 4.601 90 60 67%
39 21 Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll Philadelphia 4.599 35 23 66%
40 69 Bryan Cave St. Louis 4.598 62 50 81%
41 35 Dickstein Shapiro Washington, D.C. 4.596 29 22 76%
42 112 Holland & Knight National 4.590 46 35 76%
42 9 Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo Boston 4.590 27 19 70%
44 77 Howrey National 4.589 25 22 88%
45 104 Schiff Hardin Chicago 4.587 23 11 48%
46 153 Baker & Hostetler National 4.582 42 35 83%
47 87 Shook, Hardy & Bacon Kansas City, Missouri 4.581 27 21 78%
48 45 Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner Washington, D.C. 4.577 32 21 66%
49 51 Pepper Hamilton Philadelphia 4.568 17 17 100%
50 - Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold San Francisco 4.567 10 10 100%
51 32 Kirkland & Ellis National 4.566 181 120 66%
52 89 Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz New York 4.563 30 17 57%
53 145 Wiley Rein Washington, D.C. 4.561 20 16 80%
54 70 Schulte Roth & Zabel New York 4.559 46 34 74%
55 130 Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Atlanta 4.546 29 13 45%
56 90 Irell & Manella Los Angeles 4.543 33 18 55%
57 86 Greenberg Traurig National 4.541 42 38 90%
58 138 Snell & Wilmer Phoenix 4.536 30 22 73%
59 52 Goodwin Procter Boston 4.531 59 43 73%
60 33 Proskauer Rose New York 4.529 115 75 65%
60 114 Weil, Gotshal & Manges New York 4.529 165 44 27%
62 - Arnall Golden Gregory Atlanta 4.522 10 10 100%
63 97 Jones Day National 4.521 189 117 62%
64 43 Baker & McKenzie International 4.513 48 36 75%
65 142 Haynes and Boone Dallas 4.510 62 51 82%
66 44 Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy New York 4.503 72 56 78%
67 16 Reed Smith National 4.502 44 29 66%
68 105 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom National 4.497 222 92 41%
69 102 Perkins Coie Seattle 4.488 45 40 89%
70 127 Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel New York 4.483 22 20 91%
71 133 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton International 4.482 120 64 53%
72 23 Kelley Drye & Warren New York 4.473 20 15 75%
72 123 Nixon Peabody National 4.473 53 22 42%
72 136 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr National 4.473 103 90 87%
75 80 Cooley Godward Kronish Palo Alto 4.471 47 45 96%
76 158 Bracewell & Giuliani Houston 4.470 55 31 56%
77 92 Mayer Brown International 4.467 116 84 72%
77 82 Townsend and Townsend and Crew San Francisco 4.467 21 10 48%
79 144 Allen & Overy International 4.464 32 17 53%
79 68 Cravath, Swaine & Moore New York 4.464 119 52 44%
81 139 Foley & Lardner Milwaukee 4.449 77 46 60%
82 127 Arent Fox Washington, D.C. 4.444 15 10 67%
83 113 Hogan & Hartson National 4.434 88 55 63%
84 77 Hughes Hubbard & Reed New York 4.432 44 40 91%
84 129 Munger, Tolles & Olson Los Angeles 4.432 24 15 63%
86 146 Andrews Kurth Houston 4.424 33 26 79%
86 55 Thompson & Knight Dallas 4.424 22 18 82%
88 122 Davis Polk & Wardwell New York 4.423 116 77 66%
88 66 O’Melveny & Myers Los Angeles 4.423 108 70 65%
90 39 Blank Rome Philadelphia 4.416 27 26 96%
91 116 Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle New York 4.412 16 13 81%
92 45 Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman National 4.407 52 36 69%
93 115 Jenner & Block Chicago 4.399 60 35 58%
94 149 Chadbourne & Parke New York 4.397 37 26 70%
95 57 Brown Rudnick Boston 4.390 19 10 53%
96 150 Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell Wilmington 4.387 11 11 100%
97 100 Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson New York 4.379 42 34 81%
98 108 Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell Dallas 4.349 44 32 73%
99 125 Fenwick & West Mountain View, California 4.348 39 20 51%
100 131 Debevoise & Plimpton New York 4.338 106 58 55%
101 - Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal National 4.333 14 10 71%
102 134 Baker Botts Houston 4.310 108 56 52%
102 99 Winston & Strawn National 4.310 120 60 50%
104 98 Cahill Gordon & Reindel New York 4.308 38 26 68%
105 96 Latham & Watkins National 4.306 156 78 50%
106 71 Sidley Austin National 4.303 132 84 64%
107 160 Williams Mullen Richmond 4.302 26 21 81%
108 131 Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison New York 4.294 110 87 79%
109 118 Sullivan & Cromwell New York 4.292 107 67 63%
110 27 McDermott Will & Emery National 4.290 76 66 87%
111 57 Katten Muchin Rosenman Chicago 4.273 38 36 95%
112 156 White & Case International 4.266 91 69 76%
113 146 Arnold & Porter Washington, D.C. 4.257 45 30 67%
114 88 Kaye Scholer New York 4.256 24 22 92%
115 108 Clifford Chance International 4.251 30 27 90%
116 123 Linklaters International 4.247 38 26 68%
117 93 Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto New York 4.243 23 11 48%
118 22 Dechert National 4.197 65 33 51%
119 161 Stroock & Stroock & Lavan New York 4.186 30 18 60%
120 140 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett New York 4.163 77 49 64%
121 137 Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft New York 4.144 48 19 40%
122 148 Shearman & Sterling International 4.132 63 41 65%
123 162 Bass, Berry & Sims Nashville 4.073 20 12 60%
124 59 Faegre & Benson Minneapolis 4.031 40 18 45%