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Trainee solicitors rank elements of their training contracts

Top 15 law firms by category

TARGETjobs Inside Buzz asked 1,240 trainee solicitors working at 52 law firms to rate their own firm's culture, training, hours, offices – and more. Study the following 12 categories as part of your research before applying for training contracts or vacation schemes.
 

Overall satisfaction

Rank Firm Score
1 Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 9.43
2 Stevens & Bolton LLP 9.25
3 Bird & Bird LLP 9.09
4 Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 9.00
5 Burges Salmon LLP 8.88
6 Shoosmiths 8.86
7 Mills & Reeve LLP 8.76
8 Cooley (UK) LLP 8.75
9 Travers Smith LLP 8.70
10 Reed Smith 8.67
11 Osborne Clarke 8.64
12 Norton Rose Fulbright LLP 8.60
13 Nabarro LLP 8.55
14 Mayer Brown International LLP 8.53
15 Eversheds LLP 8.52
  Average 8.24

Green initiatives

Rank Firm Score
1 Burges Salmon LLP 9.68
2 Olswang LLP 9.00
3 Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 8.86
4 Ashfords LLP 8.45
5 DWF LLP 7.90
6 Norton Rose Fulbright LLP 7.83
7 Eversheds LLP 7.79
8 Mayer Brown International LLP 7.79
9 Allen & Overy LLP 7.69
10 Slaughter and May 7.56
11 Stevens & Bolton LLP 7.33
12 Nabarro LLP 7.22
13 Clifford Chance LLP 7.19
14 CMS 7.14
15 Simmons & Simmons 7.11
  Average 6.65

Formal training

Rank Firm Score
1 Clifford Chance LLP 9.18
2 Ashurst LLP 9.05
3 Allen & Overy LLP 8.80
4 Burges Salmon LLP 8.79
5 Mayer Brown International LLP 8.79
6 Nabarro LLP 8.61
7 RPC 8.58
8 Stevens & Bolton LLP 8.57
9 Travers Smith LLP 8.55
10 Mills & Reeve LLP 8.53
11 Slaughter and May 8.53
12 Shoosmiths 8.50
13 Bird & Bird LLP 8.45
14 Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 8.40
=15 Eversheds LLP 8.38
=15 Norton Rose Fulbright LLP 8.38
  Average 7.96

The methodology behind the TARGETjobs Inside Buzz law rankings 2016

From January to August 2015 TARGETjobs Inside Buzz conducted an independent survey of 1,240 first- and second-year trainee solicitors at 52 leading law firms across the UK. We asked trainees to assess their own firm according to 12 categories, which resulted in the above sets of useful rankings.

Top law firms by category

Trainees were asked to rate their own firms on a scale of 1 to 10 in the 12 different categories above. Provided sufficient responses were received for each firm, an average score was then calculated for each category. All firm scores were then collated and ranked to create our ‘Top firms by category’ rankings.

Note: Whenever two or more firms have identical scores (to two decimal places) but have not been marked specifically as a tie, it is because these firms are ranked in accordance with their full score (taking into account three or more decimal points). For example, in the ‘formal training’ category, Mills & Reeve LLP and Slaughter and May are both shown to have a score of 8.53 – their scores of 8.533 and 8.529 respectively have been rounded up/down to the nearest two decimal points. In ‘trainee retention’, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP and Latham & Watkins (London) LLP are tied in 8th place because they both scored 9.00 exactly.

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