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).
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:
- Washington, D.C., Audio and Handout
- New York Audio
- Northern California Audio and Handout
- Southern California Audio, L.A., San Diego, Orange Co. and Overview Handouts
- Detroit Audio and Handout
- Chicago Audio
- Boston Audio and Market and Practice Area Handouts
- Houston/Greater Texas legal market podcast
On-Campus Interviewing (OCI)
During Early Interview Week (EIW) in August 2015, almost 500 offices from 32 states, Washington, D.C., and six foreign countries conducted over 4,900 interviews with our students. Approximately 300 of our 2L and 3L students participated in this program. In addition to EIW, we offer smaller on-campus programs in the fall and winter. Beyond on-campus interview opportunities, over 2,100 other offices from throughout the United States contacted the Law School last year to post job openings and to request student resumes. Nearly all of the American Lawyer Top 100 firms, the American Lawyer Global 100 firms, and the American Lawyer list of Best Places to Work firms visit the Law School or request resumes of Michigan Law students.
Early Interview Week (EIW) 2016 is scheduled for Tuesday - Friday, Aug. 2 -5, in the Lawyers Club at the Law School.
- EIW 2016 March Orientation Meeting slides
- EIW 2016 Bidding Template
- EIW 2015 - Total Number of Interview Slots by Employer: Number of interview slots/interview rooms as of 5/6/2015 (this data can change).
- EIW 2015 - Total Number of Interview Slots by Employers: Number of interview slots/interview rooms as of 6/29/2015 (this data can change).
- EIW 2015 - Total Number of Interview Slots by Employers:
Number of interview slots/interview rooms as of 7/8/2015
(this data can change).
- EIW Student Feedback
- Advice from Alums for EIW
- After EIW Checklist Information and Form
- Dean's Memo Regarding Procedures for Handling Placement Discrimination Complaints
- Evaluating a Law Firm's Stability and Questions to Ask
- Etiquette Tips for Surviving the Recruiting Season
- Top Ten Resume Tips
- NALP Open Letter to Law Students
- NALP Student Professionalism During the Interview Season
These profiles track the cumulative GPA of those second- and third-year Michigan Law students who received an offer from a particular employer, dating back to interviews held in fall 2011, not just those students who have accepted their offers. The information dates back to interviews in fall 2011 through interviews held in fall 2015.
By accessing this data, you agree to not disseminate it beyond the Michigan Law community.
- Employer GPA Qualification Profiles for 2Ls
- Employer GPA Qualification Profiles for 3Ls
Visit the links in the "Resources for Researching Law Firms" section above. For information on government employers, visit our Government Practice page.
- 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.
- Law School Equal Employment Opportunity Form
- Letter of Recommendation Request Form
- Letter of Recommendation Distribution Form
- NALP Travel Expense Form
- NALP Reimbursement Form Tips