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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 2012-2016 graduates. More specifically, 343 went to New York City, 237 to Chicago, 184 to Washington, D.C., 28 to Boston, 61 to Los Angeles, and 88 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 reference librarians at the Law Library have put together a series of videos for you.  The videos cover law firm research using ALM Intelligence Legal Compass, Vault, the NALP Directory, Chambers, and many other research sources.

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

Even if you are not in Ann Arbor, the reference librarians can help you with personalized employer research assistance by phone, email, or even videoconferencing (using Skype or another platform).  To schedule an appointment you can email AskALawLibrarian@umich.edu or use the online appointment scheduler.

  • 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 Intelligence Legal Compass: 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 using the link provided here or by searching the title "ALM Intelligence Legal Compass."  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 - go to the Law Library page, then "Research" from the top menu, then "Electronic Resources", and click on the Off-Campus Login words on the upper right hand of the page.
  • Vault's Career Intelligence: Law-firm rankings by geographic region and practice areas, career guides, and associate satisfaction surveys (registration is required).
  • LexisNexis:  Interview Preparation Handout and Law360
  • Bloomberg Law

2018 Market Series Programming Links and Handouts

On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) 

Early Interview Week (EIW) 2019 is scheduled for Tuesday - Friday, July 30 - August 2, in the Lawyers Club at the Law School. Go to the EIW Student Site for information on how to register, prepare and participate in EIW 2019.

On-Campus Interviewing Procedures and Advice

GPA Profiles

OCP has compiled GPA information for employers that interview on campus.  This information is to remain confidential to MLaw students only.  This information tracks the cumulative GPA of 2Ls who received an offer from a particular employer Fall 2013 - Fall 2017.  The GPA used in the calculations is the GPA the students had at the time of on-campus interview (for fall starters, two semesters of grades).  This information is not intended to impose limits or barriers on students interested in particular employers; nor is it a formal statement of employer intent or requirements.  OCP counselors are available to speak with you about these qualifications and how they relate to your bidding strategy.  

This information is provided to give you some data on how grade-conscious a particular employer may be, and to help students strategize their bids.  You should use the GPA information as an indicator of relative selectivity among the firms, rather than an absolute statistic about grades.  Keep in mind, too, that we are providing grade information about firms with offices across the country.  The "home office" typically is more selective than other "branch" offices, with the exception of DC, which is often as selective if not more so than the home office.

We ask that you please keep this information confidential.  The data is specific to MLaw students, and is made available exclusively for the use of MLaw students.  While it may be tempting to share it with others outside the MLaw community, distributing it will only work to disadvantage you and your classmates.  If an employer is giving the edge to MLaw students - digging deeper into the class than it does at other law schools - that may end if word gets out.  Moreover, employers may not submit the forms which enable us to compile this data if they know this information will be publicized.  Please help yourself and your colleagues by maintaining confidentiality!

CALLBACK RESOURCES

Law Firm pronunciation guide

ReseaRching Employers

Visit the links in the "Resources for Researching Law Firms" section above. For information on government employers, visit our Government Practice page.

Podcasts

  • Marcus Asner, an attorney with the New York office of Arnold & Porter, gives advice on how to select firms.
  • David M. Glaser, an attorney with the Minneapolis office of Fredrikson & Byron, gives advice on how to select law firms.
  • Jenny Robbins and Chris Madel, attorneys with the Minneapolis office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, give some interviewing do's and don'ts.
  • Melissa Root and David Layden, from the Chicago office of Jenner & Block, offer EIW advice on researching law firms and interviewing.
  • Jarom Kesler, an attorney with the Irvine office of Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, discusses how to select firms at Early Interview Week.
  • Collin Underwood, a litigation partner in the New York office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, gives advice from the firm perspective on how to be successful in interviewing and advice on summer employment and resumes.
  • Joe Michaels (Chicago) and Tommer Yoked (Houston) of Sidley & Austin, discuss the value of a post-graduate judicial clerkship and give EIW advice on networking and how to select a firm.
  • Ellisen Turner, of Irell & Manella's Los Angeles office, discusses the importance of an elevator pitch.
  • Seema Fitzgerald, an associate at Linklaters, NY office, offers some interviewing do's and don'ts for Early Interview Week.
  • Dave Callahan, an attorney with Latham & Watkin's Chicago office, offers resume advice and tips.  

Forms

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