Freshfields pick of the law firms in latest Times ‘Best Grad Employer’ list

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is the highest-placed law firm in The Times’ annual list of ’Best Graduate Recruiters to Work For.’

There were no surprises in the list, which contains the same ten firms as last year, albeit in a different order.

Freshfields was placed 32nd, up from 40th in 2014 and one place of last year’s highest placed firm, Clifford Chance.

Allen & Overy was 39th (down 4), Linklaters placed 41st (down 7) and Slaughter and May was 50th (up 8).

DLA Piper was the law firm that moved up the rankings most, from 90th to 60th, Hogan Lovells came in 61st (up from position 83) and Baker & McKenzie was ranked 63rd.

Rounding out the list were Norton Rose Fulbright, which remained in 87th postion, and Herbert Smith Freehills, which dropped from 84th to 96th. 

The first three spots on the list went to PwC, Aldi and Google.

The survey is compiled from interviews with 18,412 final-year students who are asked which employer they think offers the best opportunites for graduates, with the most-mentioned businesses making the list.

Law firms in The Times top 100 2012 2013 2014 2015
Freshfields 52 45 40 32
Clifford Chance 45 36 32 33
Allen & Overy 31 34 35 39
Linklaters 43 42 34 41
Slaughter and May 49 44 58 50
DLA Piper 59 64 90 60
Hogan Lovells 100 68 83 61
Baker & McKenzie 72 67 63
Norton Rose Fulbright 85 87 87
Herbert Smith Freehills 73 78 84 96


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