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Law firm rankings

A law firm is an organization formed by one or more lawyers that are engaged in the practice of law. These organizations have the purpose to advice clients (individuals or corporations) about legal rights and responsibilities with the government or other institutions, besides they represent their clients in business negotiations, criminal or civil cases, and other situations in which it is necessary a legal support.

There are a variety of law firms in size; for example, smaller law firms are the majority of lawyers in all countries that work as freelancers on specific specialties such as labor law, tax law, criminal law and family law; while larger law firms has separated groups in litigation and transactional departments, this way these firms can provide a diversity of services to their clients.

The law firm rankings are based on service excellence, and legal expertise and they also cover practice areas such as The American Lawyer's Corporate Scorecard and Top IP Firms. The information of these rankings is sent to law schools around the country, this way students can take it into account to choose where they can work after graduation. So, in the list below you can find the top 20 most prestigious firms in 2011.

2001 Rank
Law Firm Prestige Score
Location
1
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
8,953
New York, NY
2
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
8653
New York, NY
3
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
8335
New York, NY
4
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
8181
New York, NY
5
Davis Polk & Wardwell
8103
New York, NY
6
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
7855
New York, NY
7
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
7847
New York, NY
8
Williams & Connolly LLP
7749
Los Angeles, CA
9
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP
7735
New York, NY
10
Covington & Burling LLP
7540
Chicago, IL
11
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
7514
Washington, DC
12
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
7388
New York, NY
13
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
7354
New York, NY
14
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
7220
Washington, DC
15
Latham & Watkins LLP
7212
New York, NY
16
Sidley Austin LLP
7088
Chicago, IL
17
WilmerHale
6973
Washington, DC
18
Jones Day
6927
Los Angeles, CA
19
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
6844
Washington, DC
20
White & Case LLP
6777
Los Angeles, CA

Source: Vault 2011 Associate Survey