Typical Big Law Class size ratio

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Typical Big Law Class size ratio

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:58 pm

Given the changes in the last few years, I am wondering if there is any general ration to figure out class sizes. Like 1 summer for every 15 attorneys in the firm. Since they know turnover is pretty big, I would think there is some rhyme or reason to class sizes. Any insight. Might be helpful for targeting.

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Re: Typical Big Law Class size ratio

Postby Pokemon » Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:10 pm

No! SNR Denton, Baker McKenzie and tons of other firms are huge in terms of numbers of lawyers, but they barely have summer classes. 1-2 in their biggest offices. Firms like Brown Rudnick or Cadwalader are tiny in terms of lawyers, but have large classes.

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Re: Typical Big Law Class size ratio

Postby kryptix » Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:01 pm

I think Davis Polk has like 95 summers and 6-700 attorneys, it all depends on the attrition at the firm, the top tier, V10 firms seem to have 1 summer for every 5-6 attorneys but places like SNR Denton built more on laterals only hire a few summers. Cadwalader like the guy said above is ~35-40 summers for 500 attorneys.

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Re: Typical Big Law Class size ratio

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:07 pm

I would guess about 1 to 10 or 1 to 15 is about average. Turnover is pretty high after 3 years.

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Re: Typical Big Law Class size ratio

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:10 pm

Ropes is typically 10 attorneys: 1 SA in each office.




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