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The Guardian UK 300: top law firms

…as voted for by students and graduates

The Guardian UK 300 is the largest and most comprehensive annual survey of student opinion on graduate careers and employers. The survey determines not only the most popular 300 graduate employers in the UK overall, but also the most popular graduate employers in a range of career sectors, including media and advertising.

The top graduate employers for law – solicitors are listed in the table below. The top two employers remain the same as last year: Allen & Overy LLP and Clifford Chance. Irwin Mitchell, last year’s number ten, has risen to third place. DLA Piper LLP has moved up three places to fourth and Baker & McKenzie one place to fifth.

Students interested in law – solicitors…

  • tended to have related work experience, at 55%
  • expected to earn £29,453
  • most commonly studied law, history/philosophy and politics.*

*Statistics have been rounded.

In 2016, over 52,000 undergraduates took part in the trendence Graduate Barometer.

Employer Rank
1 Allen & Overy LLP 1 same
2 Clifford Chance 2 same
3 Irwin Mitchell 10 up
4 DLA Piper LLP 7 up
5 Baker & McKenzie 6 up
6 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 5 down
7 Slaughter and May 4 down
8 Linklaters LLP 3 down
9 Eversheds LLP 14 up
10 Hogan Lovells 9 down

View related sector lists: Top barristers chambers