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Top 10 Law Firms with Best Quality of Life
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Summary: Vault ranked the law firms that provide the best quality of life for its associates.

This month, Vault released its list of 2017 Best Law Firms to work for. The website sought to determine the “best” based on quality of life.


Matt Moody, the website’s Law Editor, said that Quality of Life matters to the next generation of attorneys.

“As law school enrollment has dropped the last few years, law firms are competing even more fiercely for the top candidates, and this generation of law school graduates care about more than just prestige,” Moody said.

The Top 10 Best Law Firms to Work For:

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  1. O’Melveny & Myers
  2. Ropes & Gray
  3. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
  4. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
  5. Paul Hastings
  6. Thompson & Knight
  7. Williams & Connolly
  8. BuckleySandler
  9. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
  10. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner

Vault stated that O’Melveny earned the list’s first place honor because it topped two Quality of Life categories—Satisfaction and Hours. O’Melveny also was first on Vault’s Best Summer Associate Program List.

Vault surveyed more than 18,000 associates to determine The Law Firm Quality of Life Rankings, and it asked them to also comment about their jobs. According to their website, to create their list, they looked at the following factors: “Overall Satisfaction (25%); Firm Culture (10%); Hours (10%); Substantive Work (10%); Compensation (10%); Business Outlook (5%); Career Outlook (5%); Associate/Partner Relations (5%); Leadership Transparency (5%); Informal and Formal Training (5%); Pro Bono (5%); and Overall Diversity (5%).”

“The associates currently working at a law firm offer the best window into what life is really like at any particular firm,” Moody said. “Vault’s Quality of Life Rankings and firm profiles summarize this information so that law students and laterals can carefully weigh their options.”

Do you agree with Vault’s list? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Vault

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