Thursday, September 15, 2011
For the first time, Vault.com has released a new set of rankings of law firm summer associate programs. With thousands of law students seeking summer associate positions within law firms each year, the summer associate rankings provide job seekers with insights into the overall best summer programs, as well as the programs deemed most fun, most realistic and best at preparing summer associates for practice. Snagging the No. 1 spot for best overall summer program is intellectual property firm Fish & Richardson. The Boston-based firm edged out Baker & Hostetler and Cravath, Swaine & Moore for the top ranking. But Cravath claimed the No. 1 spot for providing the most realistic experience and preparing summer associates for real legal practice, making it the only firm with the top ranking in more than one category. Coming in at No. 1 for the most fun summer associate program was Ropes & Gray.
Vault is the source of employer ratings, rankings and insight for law students. Its annual law firm ranking—the Vault Law 100—is considered the “bible” for law students, associates, partners and law firm recruiters, providing a detailed perspective on the criteria considered by candidates when evaluating law firms. This year, the survey was taken by approximately 16,000 law firm associates and included newly-added questions on summer associate programs. Associates’ ratings of their firms’ summer programs provided valuable first-hand data for Vault’s summer associate rankings.
“Selecting a summer program is a major career step for those pursuing law firm practice—many go on to start their legal careers at their summer firms,” said Mary Kate Sheridan, Vault’s Law Editor. “If done well, a summer program can provide a law student with insight into the firm’s practice, the culture of the firm and whether the firm matches the student’s career goals.”
The Top 10 Law Firm Summer Associate Programs are offered by:
1. Fish & Richardson
2. Baker & Hostetler
3. Cravath, Swaine & Moore
4. Williams & Connolly
5. Arent Fox
6. Baker & McKenzie
7. Dewey & LeBoeuf / Ropes & Gray (tie)
8. Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
9. Chadbourne & Parke
The Most Realistic Summer Associate Program: Cravath, Swaine & Moore
The Most Fun Summer Associate Program: Ropes & Gray
The Summer Associate Program that Best Prepares for Practice: Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Check out the complete list of rankings here.