Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Who are the best legal employers to work for?

The ones who are hiring, you're probably saying.  But if you're about to graduate law school and have the luxury of being able to make some choices, check out this article from the National Jurist Magazine that compiles information from several ranking lists to determine who are the best legal employers in the land.

So what makes a great legal employer? The question has been answered in many ways by different sources. Some take a wide approach, like Fortune magazine’s '100 Best Companies to Work For' and compare legal employers to other companies. Some are focused just on law firms, such as Vault’s prestige and quality of life rankings and American Lawyer’s summer associate rankings. And some are focused in a niche, such as Working Mother’s 'Best Law Firms for Women.'

We have chosen to highlight four law firms that have ranked high — one in each of the abovementioned publications.

And those four firms are:

  1. Based on The Vault's rankings, its Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto with offices in New York, Washington D.C. and Orange County, Calif., because it has a high quality of life for its associates, partners and staff. Its office space got particular kudos from employees, who ranked it No.1 among the nation’s law firms. They noted that the award-winning workspace gives each associate their own office and 'the décor is modern yet comfortable.'
  2. From Working Mother magazine, the nod goes to New York's Andrew & Kurth particularly among female attorneys because of its flex-path partnership track. This allows associates and counsel who show a long-term commitment to the firm to reduce their hours during the years they are raising a family. They enjoy their home life, and the firm holds onto valued employees.
  3. According to Fortune Magazine, it's Bingham McCutchen making its 6th appearance on the list of 'best companies to work for.'  The firm goes out of its way to ensure its inclusion in these lists, including those in individual cities where its offices are based.  It continually makes the list, according to one source, because '[y]ou’re not just a cog in the wheel here . . . . You have a voice and you have a chance to do great things based on your individual talent. We want all of our attorneys to feel they are stakeholders. That is the kind of environment we seek to create. You want to go to a firm where people are going to succeed and have opportunities to do well.
  4. Finally, American Lawyer's contribution to the group is Philadelphia's Cozen O’Connor because of its commitment to summer associates. 'When firms were canceling summer programs, withdrawing offers and deferring classes, we ran our usual summer program and our entry-levels started as planned,' said firm CEO Tad Decker.

You can read the rest of the collective wisdom National Jurist has divined from various employer ranking lists by clicking here


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