American Bar Association Section of International Law International Internship Program
Site contains an online database of international law firms interested in hiring JD and LLM students for summer legal internships. Many firms seek volunteers, but some offer stipends.
ALM Legal Intelligence Surveys, Lists and Rankings
Click on the “Research Store” tab to access dozens of law firm surveys and rankings including: the A-List; AmLaw100 and 200; Global 100; Midlevel Associates Survey; Pro Bono Survey; and Summer Associate Survey. This site must be accessed through Yale’s VPN. Instructions are available at www.library.yale.edu/vpn.
Attorney Work Life Balance Calculator
This site provides a calculator to help understand law firm billable hour requirements.
Building A Better Legal Profession
Building a Better Legal Profession is a national grassroots organization founded by students at Stanford Law School in January 2007. The group collects and publicizes employment data at large private law firms as a way of encouraging workplace reform at these companies. By encouraging students to "vote with their feet" and select future employers based on quality-of-life criteria rather than the prestige of the firms, Building a Better Legal Profession creates market-based incentives for workplace reform.
Chambers and Partners
The Chambers Guides list the top lawyers and law firms in 175 countries. Select from Chambers USA, Chambers Europe, Chambers Asia, Chambers Latin America, Chambers Global or Chambers UK. Each guide is searchable by firm name, individual attorney name, geographic location and practice area. Within each practice area, Chambers ranks firms by designating them as “Band 1 – 6,” with Band 1 ranking highest.
Directory of LGBT Law Partners and LGBT-Owned Firms
The National LGBT Bar Association has compiled a directory of LGBT law partners and LGBT owned law firms. At a time when LGBT attorneys continue to be underrepresented in the legal profession, the LGBT Bar hopes the directory will provide opportunities for our corporate allies, LGBT owned law firms and LGBT identified law firm partners to form long-lasting partnerships.
Flex Time Lawyers
In conjunction with Working Mother Magazine, Flex-Time Lawyers ranks the Top 50 Law Firms for Women. These rankings and work/life balance articles are available from this site.
Click on Law Firms to access information about law firms in the U.S. and abroad. Searchable by location and practice area.
The IFLR 1000 is an online directory of financial law firms in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa. Select a country and then a particular financial practice area to view descriptions of firms active in those areas.
Law Firm Diversity Database
Vault.com has partnered with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association to release this database, which is aimed at advancing diversity in the legal profession. The database includes benchmarking information on diversity programs in over 250 law firms. The database allows you to make side by side comparisons on various factors including the number of attorneys who are minorities, women, GLBT, and individuals with disabilities. The online database also provides access to firms' complete self-reported law firm diversity survey responses. Registration is required and free.
Major Lindsay & Africa Partner Compensation Survey
Survey results identify ranges of law firm partner compensation, the criteria firms use to determine compensation, and the satisfaction of partners with their compensation and compensation systems.
Martindale-Hubbell is an extensive directory of law firms and corporate in-house counsel and is the primary means of learning about smaller law firms. Click advanced search and then search for law firms by name, location, practice area and/or firm size. Search for lawyers name, location, practice area and/or law school attended.
NALP Directory of Legal Employers
NALP's National Directory of Legal Employers, a directory of the larger law firms in the U.S., is searchable via this site. The directory is searchable by employer name, location, size, practice area and more. Each employer's individual listing contains additional details about the firm, including salary, number of anticipated hires and class years for which they plan to hire, contact information and a link to the employer's NALP Workplace Questionnaire, with information about benefits, alternative work options, pro bono and more. Yale students can use the mail merge feature by providing their Yale email address.
Contains information about New York's largest firms, including associate pay and layoffs, articles about the firms in New York Lawyer Magazine, and more general career advice.
Pro Bono Institute
Provides information about the Law Firm Pro Bono Project and Challenge. The Project assists law firms in developing effective law firm pro bono programs and the Challenge asks firms to agree to commit either three or five percent of the firm's total billable hours to pro bono work. The site contains a copy of the Challenge and a list of signatories with links to their websites.
Pro Bono Opportunities in New York
The New York State Bar Association website provides access to a listing of pro bono opportunities in, and outside of, New York City. Access these lists by clicking on For Attorneys, then Pro Bono, then Pro Bono Opportunities Guide.
Project for Attorney Retention
The PAR Project seeks to improve recruiting and retention of talented attorneys at D.C. law firms through the use of work schedules that allow attorneys to better balance the competing demands of their work and their lives outside the office. The website contains PAR's report on part-time, a chart detailing the part-time policies of many D.C. law firms, a list of work-life resources, tips for lawyers who work part-time and more.
Top Law Firms for Equality 2012 by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
A listing of law firms who received 100% ratings on the Foundation's Corporate Equality Index. The Foundation surveys major businesses regarding their employee benefits and protections for LGBT employees and their families
Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF)
WILEF is an organization dedicated to women working in AmLaw100, 200 and Fortune 1000 corporate law departments. The website contains a list of law firms that WILEF has bestowed a “gold standard certification” for successfully demonstrating that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners, of their highest leadership positions, of their governance and compensation committees, and of their most highly compensated partners.