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Law Firms Recruiting from Ivy League Schools

There are many law firms that have managed to successfully recruit attorneys from Ivy League schools. The following list includes some top ten law firms that have successfully recruited Ivy League graduates, each company has detailed information about their overview, amount of attorneys from Ivy League schools and the percentage of Ivy League graduates that they have hired. The equation used to find the percentage of Ivy League graduates that the firm has hired is, 100X/Y, where X is the total amount of attorneys hired from Ivy League schools and Y is the total attorneys in the firm.
Here is a link to the Excel sheet with all the information in list format.
1. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
This firm is well-known as one of the most pre-eminent law firms for nearly 200 years. Carvath, Swaine & Moore LLP is highly known for their litigation, corporate sides, stand-out teams in M&A, capital markets, banking and credit, and corporate governance. The company is a centerpiece of the nation for not only developing new ways of practicing laws but also how they train their lawyers. It is truly remarkable that the firm raised to such high standards even though it has only two offices and a relatively filtered list of services.
According to their main site, the firm has 94 students from Columbia University, 96 attorneys from Harvard, 22 attorneys from the University of Pennsylvania, 24 attorneys from Yale and 22 attorneys from Cornell. The site further states that the total amount of attorneys in the firm is 564. The percentage of Ivy League graduates that the company has recruited is 45.7%.
2. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Wachtell Lipton is one of the smallest firms in the state, but it continually stands as one of the most profitable law firms. Consisting of only 244 attorneys, this company far outstrips industry standards. Wachtell Lipton deals with major mergers, acquisitions, antitrust and shareholder litigation.
In their main website, the firm has 43 attorneys from Columbia University, 57 attorneys from Harvard, 24 attorneys from University of Pennsylvania, 34. The total amount of attorneys in the firm is 244. The percentage of Ivy League graduates that the company has recruited is 65.6%.
3. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Skadden is one of the top law firms according to many articles and awards, bringing in the most profitable work. It was the first law firm to report $1 billion in annual revenue. Skadden is a giant among mortals with 22 offices widely spread.
According to their main website, the firm has 33 attorneys from Brown, 23 attorneys from Columbia University, 69 attorneys from Cornell University, 20 attorneys from Dartmouth, 36 attorneys from Harvard, 63 attorneys from the University of Pennsylvania, 36 attorneys from Princeton and 57 attorneys from Yale. The total amount of attorneys in the firm is 1700. The percentage of Ivy League graduates that the company has recruited is 19.8%.
4. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has been in the top 100 law firms since the 1980s, it has also rolled in regularly in The American Lawyer's elite A-List. S&C has a well planned out blueprint for legal success, luring the corporate clients from all over the world. The firm has a total of 12 offices with 8 located in various international areas. S&C has a well planned out blueprint for legal success.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's major website confirms that it has 104 attorneys from Columbia University, 18 attorneys from Cornell University, 131 attorneys from Harvard and 47 attorneys from Yale. The total amount of attorneys in the firm is 875. The percentage of Ivy League graduates that the company has recruited is 34.3%.
5. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Founded in New York City, about 160 years ago, the firm highly recognized for its nation's best and most comprehensive corporate departments, impressive teams in capital markets, M&A, bankruptcy, and tax. This firm consists of ten offices, all highly-regarded litigation practice.
Their website states that the firm has 13 attorneys from Brown, 14 attorneys from Columbia University, 32 attorneys from Cornell University, 19 attorneys from Dartmouth, 16 attorneys from Harvard, 4 attorneys from the University of Pennsylvania, 37 attorneys from Princeton and 35 attorneys from Yale. The total amount of attorneys in the firm is 940. The percentage of Ivy League graduates that the company has recruited is 14.4%.
6. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
This firm was founded in 1884 by three Columbia law graduates. Today this firm stands as a global powerhouse with 11 offices of which 6 are located internationally. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP houses elite teams in M&A, banking, capital markets, and litigation.
According to their site, the firm has 16 attorneys from Brown, 16 attorneys from Columbia University, 41 attorneys from Cornell University, 27 attorneys from Dartmouth, 25 attorneys from Harvard, 41 attorneys from the University of Pennsylvania, 16 attorneys from Princeton and 30 attorneys from Yale. The total amount of attorneys in the firm is 964. The percentage of Ivy League graduates that the company has recruited is 22%.
7. Latham & Watkins LLP
With offices all over the world from the United States to Europe, Middle East, and Asia, Latham & Watkins LLP stands as a leader in corporate transactions, environmental law, finance matters, litigation and tax services.
The data provided in their website concludes that the firm has 15 attorneys from Brown, 36 attorneys from Columbia University, 97 attorneys from Cornell, 42 attorneys from Dartmouth, 183 attorneys from Harvard, 11 attorneys from Princeton and 95 attorneys from Yale. The total amount of attorneys in the firm is 2600. Percentage of Ivy League graduates that the company has recruited is 18.4%.
8. Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP stands high with a strong reputation in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, litigation, restructuring, and intellectual property. Their 13 offices are stretched worldwide.
According to Kirkland & Ellis LLP's website, the firm has 106 attorneys from Columbia University, 32 attorneys from Cornell, 181 attorneys from Harvard and 31 attorneys from Yale. The total amount of attorneys in the firm is 1045. The percentage of Ivy League graduates that the company has recruited is 33.5%.
9. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
This firm was established in 1890 in Los Angeles, the firm has now grown to 20 offices globally. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is famously known all over DC, New York, and LA.
According to their original website, the firm has 17 attorneys from Brown, 22 attorneys from Dartmouth, 121 attorneys from Columbia University, 54 attorneys from Cornell, 147 attorneys from Harvard, 77 attorneys from the University of Pennsylvania, 36 attorneys from Princeton and 71 attorneys from Yale. The total amount of attorneys in the firm is 5514. The percentage of Ivy League graduates that the company has recruited is 9.9%.
10. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Paul, Weiss has been defending the coffers and reputation of the world's largest financial organizations, for decades. This firm has 8 offices across the world, mostly recognized for its expertise in telecom and entertainment law.
According to their original website, the firm has 16 attorneys from Brown, 14 attorneys from Dartmouth, 144 attorneys from Columbia University, 64 attorneys from Cornell, 100 attorneys from Harvard, 7 attorneys from the University of Pennsylvania, 26 attorneys from Princeton and 66 attorneys from Yale. The total amount of attorneys in the firm is 976. The percentage of Ivy League graduates that the company has recruited is 44.8%.
All in all, Out of the ten law firms the top three firms that acquire the most percentage in hiring Ivy League graduates are, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz with 65.6%, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP with 45.7% and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP with 44.8%.
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