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.
Source: Vault 2011 Associate Survey