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Law Firms & OCI 

Michigan Law has long enjoyed renown as a launching pad to the nation's premier private law firms; it is among the top law schools in placing the largest percentage of graduates in the most prestigious national law firms. More than 500 domestic and international law firms, including branch offices, hired our 2011-2015 graduates. More specifically, 275 went to New York City, 179 to Chicago, 95 to Washington, D.C., 18 to Boston, 39 to Los Angeles, and 68 to the California Bay Area.

View our complete list of law-firm employers for the classes of 2011 through 2015 (PDF).

Resources for Researching Law Firms

The list below includes links to some of our favorite resources for identifying and researching law firms. For advice on the law firm job application process and timeline, preparing your application materials, and networking, please visit our Student Career Toolkit in addition to the resources listed in the On-Campus Interviewing Section below. 

To help you navigate and get the most out of the primary law firm research tools, the librarians at the Law Library have put together a series of videos for you.  The videos cover law firm research using ALM Legal Intelligence, Vault, the NALP Directory, Chambers, and many other research sources.

There is a also a research guide which links to all of the employer research resources. 

  • Alumni in Medium/Small Firms: List of alumni in firms with 11-100 attorneys.
  • NALP Directory of Legal Employers: Directory of more than 1,000 employers nationwide.
  • Chambers and Partners: Directories and reviews of firms based on client-focused criteria. The website also contains a link to the helpful Chambers Associate site.
  • Legal 500: Legal 500 analyses the capabilities of firms across a variety of practice areas and gives a detailed overview of the state of those practice areas and the prominent firms and attorneys by practice area.
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory: Database of more than one million lawyers and law firms in 160 countries.
  • ALM Legal Intelligence: ALM's Surveys, Lists & Rankings include the AmLaw100, the AmLaw Summer Associates Survey, the NLJ 250, and the A-List, which tracks factors such as pro bono, associate satisfaction, and diversity. ALM's Law Firm Reports provide historical financial and demographic data for individual law firms, reaching back 10 years.  Students will need to access the publication through the Michigan Law Library catalog under the title "ALM Legal Intelligence."  It should come up by searching "ALM."  If you are trying to access the resource from off campus, you'll need to use the Off Campus login feature on the Law Library homepage.
  • Vault's Career Intelligence: Law-firm rankings by geographic region and practice areas, career guides, and associate satisfaction surveys (registration is required).
  • 2016 Market Series Programming Audio Links and Handouts: 

     
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