cookiejar1 wrote: jbagelboy wrote: moneyball026 wrote:
http://www.vault.com/company-rankings/l ... sRankID=15
Anonymous User wrote:What are considered the top 5 DC firms? Do they all come to NU?
a&p doesnt, skadden @ 6 doesnt either for their DC office but mass mail them both.
you best be having a 3.9 (LR helpful) if you be talkin bout these firms though and that may not even be enough for the top 5 DCs.
when you bid the district of columbia, you win or you die.
The vault survey does not represent the best of anything
The Vault DC rankings is a decent proxy for the top 5 biggest DC firms.
3L working in DC Here:
For DC, I cannot emphasize enough just how irrelevant the Vault rankings should be to your decisionmaking. Unlike in NYC, where the V10 or so is largely a ranking -- by prestige-- of firms that do roughly the same thing, the Vault ranking in DC captures offices that have really, really different mixes of practices.
So for example: if you wanted to be a generalist litigator, you would not want to go to Covington, whose practice focuses overwhelmingly on insurance recovery and IP lit. If you wanted to do environmental (lit or regulatory), you would not want to go to WIlmerHale, which has like, two partners in DC doing environmental work. If you wanted to work with a serious appellate group, you would not want to go to WIlliams & Connolly, which has one partner doing appeals. If you want to do litigation that isn't white-collar, securities, or Antitrust, you should probably stay away from Latham. If you're interested in regulatory work in a particular industry or subject-matter space, be aware that every firm has strong practices before some agencies and weak practices before others.. These are all great offices, all plenty preftigious, but you will have a *very* different mix of work available to you at each one. And that mix of work, and the mix of clients, will shape your government or in-house exit options.
Most offices in DC do not offer a general, full-spectrum practice of law, or even a general, full-spectrum litigation or regulatory practice. Specialization is the name of the game, and that's something Vault just flat-out does not capture.