2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

(On Campus Interviews, Summer Associate positions, Firm Reviews, Tips, ...)
Forum rules
Anonymous Posting

Anonymous posting is only appropriate when you are revealing sensitive employment related information about a firm, job, etc. You may anonymously respond on topic to these threads. Unacceptable uses include: harassing another user, joking around, testing the feature, or other things that are more appropriate in the lounge.

Failure to follow these rules will get you outed, warned, or banned.
Anonymous User
Posts: 324947
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:56 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Yeah, sorry Kirkland. Proposed revised:

1. Wachtell Lipton Rosen and Katz
2. Williams & Connolly
3. Susman Godfrey
4. Kellog Hansen
5. Boies Schiller
6. Cravath


Kellogg Hansen - so prestigious everyone immediately knows how to spell their firm name...

Anonymous User
Posts: 324947
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:01 pm

I put Kirkland at 5 because over the last 10 years, it has become perhaps the most recognizable firm in the U.S. Abovethelaw had a whole post about "What would Kirkland do?" when the salary bumps were announced. It's highly leveraged yes, but it also typically provides significantly greater bonuses than other firms with a ton of associates. It's has the most revenue, it does the biggest deals, it has some of the best associate training (and as a result, associates get substantive experience relatively early), it gives the partner title at year 6, and its alumni are in leadership positions literally everywhere in corporate America and that network actively helps current associates go to bigger and better things. I don't have a dog in this fight, but it seems pretty prestigious to me.

Anonymous User
Posts: 324947
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:10 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I put Kirkland at 5 because over the last 10 years, it has become perhaps the most recognizable firm in the U.S. Abovethelaw had a whole post about "What would Kirkland do?" when the salary bumps were announced. It's highly leveraged yes, but it also typically provides significantly greater bonuses than other firms with a ton of associates. It's has the most revenue, it does the biggest deals, it has some of the best associate training (and as a result, associates get substantive experience relatively early), it gives the partner title at year 6, and its alumni are in leadership positions literally everywhere in corporate America and that network actively helps current associates go to bigger and better things. I don't have a dog in this fight, but it seems pretty prestigious to me.


10 years ago, Kirkland was ranked 10th in Vault. It was the top ranked firm in Chicago and 14th ranked firm in NY.

Just because you were living under a rock doesn’t mean Kirkland was a shit firm a decade ago. Firms like Cooley have made a huge dent. Kirkland just figured out how to get law students to choose them.

Anonymous User
Posts: 324947
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:10 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I put Kirkland at 5 because over the last 10 years, it has become perhaps the most recognizable firm in the U.S. Abovethelaw had a whole post about "What would Kirkland do?" when the salary bumps were announced. It's highly leveraged yes, but it also typically provides significantly greater bonuses than other firms with a ton of associates. It's has the most revenue, it does the biggest deals, it has some of the best associate training (and as a result, associates get substantive experience relatively early), it gives the partner title at year 6, and its alumni are in leadership positions literally everywhere in corporate America and that network actively helps current associates go to bigger and better things. I don't have a dog in this fight, but it seems pretty prestigious to me.

It's 100% a better candidate for #5 than Latham, that's for sure

Anonymous User
Posts: 324947
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:10 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I put Kirkland at 5 because over the last 10 years, it has become perhaps the most recognizable firm in the U.S. Abovethelaw had a whole post about "What would Kirkland do?" when the salary bumps were announced. It's highly leveraged yes, but it also typically provides significantly greater bonuses than other firms with a ton of associates. It's has the most revenue, it does the biggest deals, it has some of the best associate training (and as a result, associates get substantive experience relatively early), it gives the partner title at year 6, and its alumni are in leadership positions literally everywhere in corporate America and that network actively helps current associates go to bigger and better things. I don't have a dog in this fight, but it seems pretty prestigious to me.


10 years ago, Kirkland was ranked 10th in Vault. It was the top ranked firm in Chicago and 14th ranked firm in NY.

Just because you were living under a rock doesn’t mean Kirkland was a shit firm a decade ago. Firms like Cooley have made a huge dent. Kirkland just figured out how to get law students to choose them.

10b5

New
Posts: 25
Joined: Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:24 pm

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby 10b5 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:12 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I put Kirkland at 5 because over the last 10 years, it has become perhaps the most recognizable firm in the U.S. Abovethelaw had a whole post about "What would Kirkland do?" when the salary bumps were announced. It's highly leveraged yes, but it also typically provides significantly greater bonuses than other firms with a ton of associates. It's has the most revenue, it does the biggest deals, it has some of the best associate training (and as a result, associates get substantive experience relatively early), it gives the partner title at year 6, and its alumni are in leadership positions literally everywhere in corporate America and that network actively helps current associates go to bigger and better things. I don't have a dog in this fight, but it seems pretty prestigious to me.


10 years ago, Kirkland was ranked 10th in Vault. It was the top ranked firm in Chicago and 14th ranked firm in NY.

Just because you were living under a rock doesn’t mean Kirkland was a shit firm a decade ago. Firms like Cooley have made a huge dent. Kirkland just figured out how to get law students to choose them.


Where in his/her post did he say Kirkland was a shit firm a decade ago? The only implication is that went from a position of not being the most recognizable, to being perhaps the most recognizable.

Poor reading comp, weirdly aggressive response. 0/10.

User avatar
hoos89

Gold
Posts: 2137
Joined: Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:09 pm

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby hoos89 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:16 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Yeah, sorry Kirkland. Proposed revised:

1. Wachtell Lipton Rosen and Katz
2. Williams & Connolly
3. Susman Godfrey
4. Kellog Hansen
5. Boies Schiller
6. Cravath


Doesn't W&C have vastly below-market comp for senior associates?

plurilingue

Bronze
Posts: 155
Joined: Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:58 pm

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby plurilingue » Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:43 pm

At CLS/NYU, the prestige rank is essentially correlated with selectivity and is like this:

Elite boutiques (Susman, MTO, KVN) = WLRK = W&C >>> Cravath = DPW = S&C = Cleary > STB = Skadden > Paul, Weiss = Debevoise = Quinn = Boies > Kirkland = Latham = Weil > Sidley = Gibson (excepting LA) = Covington (excepting D.C.)

Anonymous User
Posts: 324947
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:54 pm

plurilingue wrote:At CLS/NYU, the prestige order is essentially correlated with selectivity and is like this:

Elite boutiques (Susman, MTO, KVN) = WLRK = W&C >>> Cravath / DPW / S&C / Cleary > STB > Paul, Weiss / Debevoise / Quinn > Kirkland / Latham / Weil > Sidley / Gibson (excepting LA) / Covington (excepting D.C.)

Boies is much less prestigious than the elite boutiques, but I don't have a good sense of where it falls. Maybe somewhere around Quinn.


I’m a graduate of one of those schools and that’s certainly not true. I agree with the very top of your list, but I know several people in my class/surrounding classes chose Boies over Cravath/DPW on down your list. They were all towards the top of the class most on LR.

The prevailing thought going into OCI (2016) was that in NYC, Boies is more selective and prestigious than all but WLRK and Susman.

Anonymous User
Posts: 324947
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:02 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
plurilingue wrote:At CLS/NYU, the prestige order is essentially correlated with selectivity and is like this:

Elite boutiques (Susman, MTO, KVN) = WLRK = W&C >>> Cravath / DPW / S&C / Cleary > STB > Paul, Weiss / Debevoise / Quinn > Kirkland / Latham / Weil > Sidley / Gibson (excepting LA) / Covington (excepting D.C.)

Boies is much less prestigious than the elite boutiques, but I don't have a good sense of where it falls. Maybe somewhere around Quinn.


I’m a graduate of one of those schools and that’s certainly not true. I agree with the very top of your list, but I know several people in my class/surrounding classes chose Boies over Cravath/DPW on down your list. They were all towards the top of the class most on LR.

The prevailing thought going into OCI (2016) was that in NYC, Boies is more selective and prestigious than all but WLRK and Susman.


FWIW, where I went (MVP) the list would be similar:

Elite boutiques (Susman, MTO, KVN) = WLRK = W&C >>> Cravath /S&C > DPW/Cleary/STB > Skadden > Paul, Weiss / Debevoise / Quinn > Kirkland / Latham / Weil > Sidley / Gibson (excepting LA) / Covington (excepting D.C.)

Anonymous User
Posts: 324947
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:20 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I put Kirkland at 5 because over the last 10 years, it has become perhaps the most recognizable firm in the U.S. Abovethelaw had a whole post about "What would Kirkland do?" when the salary bumps were announced. It's highly leveraged yes, but it also typically provides significantly greater bonuses than other firms with a ton of associates. It's has the most revenue, it does the biggest deals, it has some of the best associate training (and as a result, associates get substantive experience relatively early), it gives the partner title at year 6, and its alumni are in leadership positions literally everywhere in corporate America and that network actively helps current associates go to bigger and better things. I don't have a dog in this fight, but it seems pretty prestigious to me.


Kirkland was 5th in 2017, 16th in 2016, 11th in 2015 in the Bloomberg M&A league tables. Are those really “the biggest deals”?

User avatar
jbagelboy

Diamond
Posts: 10276
Joined: Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:57 pm

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby jbagelboy » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:11 pm

plurilingue wrote:At CLS/NYU, the prestige rank is essentially correlated with selectivity and is like this:

Elite boutiques (Susman, MTO, KVN) = WLRK = W&C >>> Cravath = DPW = S&C = Cleary > STB = Skadden > Paul, Weiss = Debevoise = Quinn = Boies > Kirkland = Latham = Weil > Sidley = Gibson (excepting LA) = Covington (excepting D.C.)


No, this is not the prestige rank at CCN. LOL at Boies as less selective than Cravath/DPW/STB. Boies follows closely after Wachtell and W&C—it gives maybe 5 or 6 offers while the white shoe giants give 50+. And Munger is not a litigation boutique. Its comparable in selectivity to wachtell and W&C. Susman and Keker don’t even recruit 2L’s. Susman’s NY office is in a different level of selectivity for clerks - its basically just feeder clerkship applicants (most of the recent hires have been SCOTUS clerks), which isn’t true of Wachtell, W&C, or Munger.

And the rest of the list is wrong too. Simpson somehow below Davis Polk and Cleary in selectivity? What? And Gibson is certainly more competitive than Sidley, Weil, or Kirkland. You must have had a very atrange recruiting cycle

oblig.lawl.ref

Bronze
Posts: 360
Joined: Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:28 pm

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby oblig.lawl.ref » Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:43 am

Wow, this thread blows so hard. We now "debating" which Walmart-like mega firm, like Kirkland, is better than which lit-only firm that the biggest waspy-est nerd from law review had a hard on about. The whole point of vault is to scientifically and arbitrarily rank firms in order of prestige and it does a pretty good job of it already.

Sorry Kirkland, Susman, Boies, etc. fanbois. Prestige is for the old NYC, full service, predominantly corporate, firms only. Enjoy your market shattering bonuses and above market comp (below market comp for W&C?) because that's what it's there to compensate for. A lacking vault prestige.

User avatar
Wild Card

Bronze
Posts: 423
Joined: Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:48 pm

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby Wild Card » Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:54 am

jbagelboy wrote:
plurilingue wrote:At CLS/NYU, the prestige rank is essentially correlated with selectivity and is like this:

Elite boutiques (Susman, MTO, KVN) = WLRK = W&C >>> Cravath = DPW = S&C = Cleary > STB = Skadden > Paul, Weiss = Debevoise = Quinn = Boies > Kirkland = Latham = Weil > Sidley = Gibson (excepting LA) = Covington (excepting D.C.)


No, this is not the prestige rank at CCN. LOL at Boies as less selective than Cravath/DPW/STB. Boies follows closely after Wachtell and W&C—it gives maybe 5 or 6 offers while the white shoe giants give 50+. And Munger is not a litigation boutique. Its comparable in selectivity to wachtell and W&C. Susman and Keker don’t even recruit 2L’s. Susman’s NY office is in a different level of selectivity for clerks - its basically just feeder clerkship applicants (most of the recent hires have been SCOTUS clerks), which isn’t true of Wachtell, W&C, or Munger.

And the rest of the list is wrong too. Simpson somehow below Davis Polk and Cleary in selectivity? What? And Gibson is certainly more competitive than Sidley, Weil, or Kirkland. You must have had a very atrange recruiting cycle


CR. Boies hires 0/1 NYUmo every year, and W&C has all but blacklisted NYU.

User avatar
Lacepiece23

Silver
Posts: 1047
Joined: Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:10 pm

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby Lacepiece23 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:43 am

oblig.lawl.ref wrote:Wow, this thread blows so hard. We now "debating" which Walmart-like mega firm, like Kirkland, is better than which lit-only firm that the biggest waspy-est nerd from law review had a hard on about. The whole point of vault is to scientifically and arbitrarily rank firms in order of prestige and it does a pretty good job of it already.

Sorry Kirkland, Susman, Boies, etc. fanbois. Prestige is for the old NYC, full service, predominantly corporate, firms only. Enjoy your market shattering bonuses and above market comp (below market comp for W&C?) because that's what it's there to compensate for. A lacking vault prestige.


Lol. Best thing I’ve read in this thread.

LBJ's Hair

New
Posts: 43
Joined: Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:17 pm

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby LBJ's Hair » Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:14 pm

oblig.lawl.ref wrote:Wow, this thread blows so hard. We now "debating" which Walmart-like mega firm, like Kirkland, is better than which lit-only firm that the biggest waspy-est nerd from law review had a hard on about. The whole point of vault is to scientifically and arbitrarily rank firms in order of prestige and it does a pretty good job of it already.

Sorry Kirkland, Susman, Boies, etc. fanbois. Prestige is for the old NYC, full service, predominantly corporate, firms only. Enjoy your market shattering bonuses and above market comp (below market comp for W&C?) because that's what it's there to compensate for. A lacking vault prestige.


agreed. you can't buy a Ferrari with vault prestige, but you CAN impress a 1L at Brooklyn Law School. and that's what really matters

Anonymous User
Posts: 324947
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:49 pm

Anonymous User wrote:The Real Top 5 Most Prestigious Law Firms: (firms with over 100 lawyers)

1. Wachtell Lipton Rosen and Katz
2. Williams & Connolly
3. Susman Godfrey
4. Cravath
5. Kirkland

(based on a combination of associate pay, partnership prospects, brand recognition, viable exit options)


Lol at Kirkland there. Where's Boies? Munger?

Anonymous User
Posts: 324947
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:00 pm

These debates over prestige are why there are vault rankings to begin with. These are literally the consensus view among biglaw associates of “prestige.”

Anonymous User
Posts: 324947
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:02 pm

Anonymous User wrote:These debates over prestige are why there are vault rankings to begin with. These are literally the consensus view among biglaw associates of “prestige.”

Any consensus that doesn't have Wachtell in first by a wide margin has to be pretty dumb.

User avatar
axel.foley

Bronze
Posts: 116
Joined: Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:44 pm

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby axel.foley » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:04 pm

Wild Card wrote:
jbagelboy wrote:
plurilingue wrote:At CLS/NYU, the prestige rank is essentially correlated with selectivity and is like this:

Elite boutiques (Susman, MTO, KVN) = WLRK = W&C >>> Cravath = DPW = S&C = Cleary > STB = Skadden > Paul, Weiss = Debevoise = Quinn = Boies > Kirkland = Latham = Weil > Sidley = Gibson (excepting LA) = Covington (excepting D.C.)


No, this is not the prestige rank at CCN. LOL at Boies as less selective than Cravath/DPW/STB. Boies follows closely after Wachtell and W&C—it gives maybe 5 or 6 offers while the white shoe giants give 50+. And Munger is not a litigation boutique. Its comparable in selectivity to wachtell and W&C. Susman and Keker don’t even recruit 2L’s. Susman’s NY office is in a different level of selectivity for clerks - its basically just feeder clerkship applicants (most of the recent hires have been SCOTUS clerks), which isn’t true of Wachtell, W&C, or Munger.

And the rest of the list is wrong too. Simpson somehow below Davis Polk and Cleary in selectivity? What? And Gibson is certainly more competitive than Sidley, Weil, or Kirkland. You must have had a very atrange recruiting cycle


CR. Boies hires 0/1 NYUmo every year, and W&C has all but blacklisted NYU.


W&C currently has several summers from NYU.

OneTwoThreeFour

New
Posts: 96
Joined: Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:15 am

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby OneTwoThreeFour » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:12 pm

Anonymous User wrote:These debates over prestige are why there are vault rankings to begin with. These are literally the consensus view among biglaw associates of “prestige.”


Lol stupid stupid anon. The vault survey is a huge joke. Most people (including myself and every associate I know that fills it out) does so without any serious consideration and mostly to shit on whichever firm is giving them a hard time recently (looking at you QUINN).

They are dumb and should not be given much weight at all.

Prestige is a weird game. And the top of vault contains some prestigious firms, sure. But I wouldn't say its a "consensus." That's just plain dumb.

OneTwoThreeFour

New
Posts: 96
Joined: Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:15 am

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby OneTwoThreeFour » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:14 pm

oblig.lawl.ref wrote:Wow, this thread blows so hard. We now "debating" which Walmart-like mega firm, like Kirkland, is better than which lit-only firm that the biggest waspy-est nerd from law review had a hard on about. The whole point of vault is to scientifically and arbitrarily rank firms in order of prestige and it does a pretty good job of it already.

Sorry Kirkland, Susman, Boies, etc. fanbois. Prestige is for the old NYC, full service, predominantly corporate, firms only. Enjoy your market shattering bonuses and above market comp (below market comp for W&C?) because that's what it's there to compensate for. A lacking vault prestige.


lol Kirkland associates crying themselves to sleep at night while Skadden associates bathe in the prestige and hours-contingent bonus.

Anonymous User
Posts: 324947
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:15 pm

Anonymous User wrote:These debates over prestige are why there are vault rankings to begin with. These are literally the consensus view among biglaw associates of “prestige.”


Any prestige rankings that put Cravath at the top above Wachtell and W&C must be pretty dumb, because if you go to law school and go through OCI, you know that the law review people with the best grades end up going to boutiques, Wachtell or W&C, not Cravath, Kirkland or Latham.

Anonymous User
Posts: 324947
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:34 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:These debates over prestige are why there are vault rankings to begin with. These are literally the consensus view among biglaw associates of “prestige.”


Any prestige rankings that put Cravath at the top above Wachtell and W&C must be pretty dumb, because if you go to law school and go through OCI, you know that the law review people with the best grades end up going to boutiques, Wachtell or W&C, not Cravath, Kirkland or Latham.

W&C's prestige is still so confusing to me. Poverty isn't prestigious.

Anonymous User
Posts: 324947
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: 2019 Vault 100 Rankings Released

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:38 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:These debates over prestige are why there are vault rankings to begin with. These are literally the consensus view among biglaw associates of “prestige.”


Any prestige rankings that put Cravath at the top above Wachtell and W&C must be pretty dumb, because if you go to law school and go through OCI, you know that the law review people with the best grades end up going to boutiques, Wachtell or W&C, not Cravath, Kirkland or Latham.


While I don't disagree with this contention, I think it depends if you're measuring prestige from the perspective of 1L's, or the greater legal industry. Sure, a boutique, Wachtell or W&C will have a much smaller class size and can therefore afford to be far more picky than its significantly larger counterparts that need to recruit 100+ SA's to a single office. To some extent I think this creates a self fulfilling cycle whereby those firms are perceived as harder to get, and therefore "more prestigious".



Return to “Legal Employment?

Who is online

The online users are hidden on this forum.