Law firms make up quarter of top graduate employers list

Law firms account for nearly one quarter of the UK’s top 300 graduate employers, compiled by The Guardian, although none succeed in entering the top 30.

The rankings demonstrate the reputation of employers among students on campus. The survey represents the largest independent survey on the subject, with 27,000 student votes from 100 universities comprising the list.

A total of 69 law firms are listed, making up 23 per cent of the survey.

The magic circle dominates the top rankings for law firms, with Allen & Overy listed at number 34, Linklaters at 40, Clifford Chance at 46, Slaughter and May at 52 and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer at 57.

The first three spots on the list go to the NHS, BBC and Google while PwC is the top ranked professional services company at number six.

The Guardian is one of several publications that attempt to rank employers, but there is rarely agreement. The Times’ list of top graduate employers did also place Allen & Overy as their top-ranked law firm, placing it like The Guardian at number 34. However, none of the magic circle appear in The Sunday Times’ recent ’best companies to work for’ list, in which Mishcon de Reya comes out on top.

Baker & McKenzie is the only law firm to appear on all three lists.

Position Guardian Top 300 Sunday Times Top 100 Times Top 100
20   Mishcon de Reya  
25   Baker & McKenzie  
34 Allen & Overy   Allen & Overy
36     Clifford Chance
40 Linklaters    
42     Linklaters
44     Slaughter and May
45     Freshfields
46 Clifford Chance    
49   Kingsley Napley  
52 Slaughter and May    
54   Lewis Silkin  
57 Freshfields    
58   Withy King  
64     DLA Piper
66   Mills & Reeve  
68     Hogan Lovells
72     Baker & McKenzie
76 Baker & McKenzie    
78     Herbert Smith Freehills
80 Hogan Lovells    
86   Reed Smith  
88   Withers  
94 DLA Piper    
99 Simmons & Simmons    
101 Norton Rose Fulbright    
103 Herbert Smith Freehills    
104 Eversheds    
105 Bird & Bird    
106 Pinsent Masons    
141 CMS    
144 Macfarlanes    
146 Wragge & Co    
154 Clyde & Co    
155 Nabarro    
159 Bond Dickinson    
161 Jones Day    
163 Ashurst    
165 Addleshaw Goddard    
172 Berwin Leighton Paisner    
178 White & Case    
179 Reed Smith    
180 Burges Salmon    
185 Travers Smith    
188 Mills & Reeve    
190 Skadden    
193 Mishcon de Reya    
199 RPC    
200 Latham & Watkins    
203 Mayer Brown    
210 Taylor Wessing    
212 Farrer & Co    
213 Olswang    
217 Hill Dickinson    
223 Kennedys    
224 Bristows    
232 Weil Gotshal    
233 Dentons    
243 Charles Russell    
246 Kirkland & Ellis    
247 TLT    
248 Walker Morris    
251 Ashfords    
253 Sullivan & Cromwell    
254 Weightmans    
256 Ince & Co    
257 SJ Berwin    
262 Withers    
263 Blake Lapthorn    
264 Holman Fenwick Willan    
269 Field Fisher Waterhouse    
271 Anthony Collins    
272 Capsticks    
273 Lawrence Graham    
276 Sidley Austin    
280 DAC Beachcroft    
281 Stephenson Harwood    
282 Trowers & Hamlins    
283 Brodies    
286 Dundas & Wilson    
287 Gateley    
289 Penningtons    
292 Browne Jacobson    
293 Freeth Cartwright    
300 Forsters