Law solicitors
Trainee solicitors rank elements of their training contracts

Trainees rank their law firms by salary, hours and training

TARGETjobs Inside Buzz asked over a thousand trainee solicitors working at 48 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.
 

Formal training

Rank Firm Score
1 Mills & Reeve LLP 9.2
2 Slaughter and May 8.9
3 Mayer Brown International LLP 8.9
4 Macfarlanes LLP 8.9
5 Bird & Bird LLP 8.6
6 Eversheds 8.5
7 Shearman & Sterling LLP 8.4
8 Taylor Wessing 8.4
9 Nabarro LLP 8.4
10 Travers Smith LLP 8.3
11 Shoosmiths 8.3
12 Reed Smith 8.3
13 Simmons & Simmons 8.3
14 Stevens & Bolton LLP 8.3
15 RPC 8.2
  Average 8.5

Informal training & mentoring

Rank Firm Score
1 Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 9
2 Shoosmiths 8.7
3 Mills & Reeve LLP 8.7
4 Foot Anstey LLP 8.7
5 RPC 8.5
6 Irwin Mitchell 8.5
7 Travers Smith LLP 8.4
8 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP 8.4
9 Ashurst LLP 8.3
10 Taylor Wessing 8.3
11 Bird & Bird LLP 8.3
12 White & Case LLP 8.3
13 Herbert Smith Freehills 8.3
14 Burges Salmon LLP 8.2
15 Addleshaw Goddard 8.1
  Average 8.4

The methodology behind the TARGETjobs Inside Buzz law rankings

In 2016 TARGETjobs Inside Buzz conducted an independent survey of over a thousand first- and second-year trainee solicitors at 48 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 one 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).

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