Study names 25 of the most diverse law firms

Survey finds Carlton Fields is the best at hiring, promoting and retaining minority attorneys

On Monday, career website Vault.com, which provides rankings and ratings on universities and employers, released its 2013 Law Firm Diversity Rankings. The survey found Carlton Fields on top for the fourth straight year, trailed by Ropes & Gray and Littler Mendelson.

Vault compiled the rankings from a survey of 17,000 law firm associates, who rated their employers’ performance in diversity initiatives and recruiting women, LGBT and other minority attorneys. By averaging scores across categories, Vault came up with the firms that excel the most in “overall diversity.”

“A firm’s commitment to diversity is a key metric for quality of life issues,” Vault.com Law Editor Rachel Marx said in a statement. “Vault’s Diversity Rankings allow candidates to gauge the level of their potential employers’ commitment to diversity, as perceived by current associates at the firms.”

Below, check out the Top 25—the best of the best firms at hiring, promoting and retaining minority attorneys:

  1. Carlton Fields
  2. Ropes & Gray
  3. Littler Mendelson
  4. Debevoise & Plimpton
  5. Jenner & Block
  6. Shook, Hardy & Bacon
  7. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
  8. Fenwick & West
  9. Baker Donelson
  10. Foley Hoag
  11. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  12. Alston & Bird
  13. Quarles & Brady
  14. Sutherland Asbill & Brennan
  15. Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  16. WilmerHale
  17. Morrison & Foerster
  18. Finnegan Henderson
  19. Munger, Tolles & Olson
  20. Sullivan & Cromwell
  21. Hughes Hubbard & Reed
  22. Williams & Connolly
  23. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
  24. Sherman & Sterling
  25. Arnold & Porter

See the full list of rankings here.

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