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Our Survey Says


Seeking the highest quality candidates, Ropes & Gray looks for individuals with academic success, journal experience, and strong interpersonal skills. Associates at Ropes & Gray are thrilled with the firm’s social atmosphere, primarily fond of the wide array of firm-sponsored events and the friendly nature of associates and partners alike. Associates feel respected and valued by partners and appreciate the transparency into the firm’s financials and individual performance reviews. While hours can sometimes be long or unpredictable, associates generally find the 1,900 billable hour requirement to be manageable, especially since unlimited pro bono hours and certain diversity activities count toward this target. The compensation at Ropes & Gray is a notable feature of the firm and associates appreciate the visibility they have into the bonus structure, where they receive a bonus upon meeting the billable hour requirement and an additional bonus thereafter. The firm also provides a technology stipend for associates to invest in materials for a home office. Associates feel Ropes & Gray prioritizes their wellness, as demonstrated through gym reimbursements, nutrition education, and meditation sessions. Ropes & Gray offers a robust formal training program and associates find mentorship opportunities to come naturally. The path to partnership is a transparent and realistic opportunity for associates and the firm offers alternative positions or flexible work arrangements for those who don’t wish to become partner. Ropes & Gray is committed to pro bono and associates feel strongly encouraged to spend a significant amount of time towards pro bono efforts. Associates note the firm has made real progress in its diversity initiatives by providing billable credit for diversity-related activities and setting up new affinity groups, including a First Generation Lawyers group.

Ropes & Gray

Prudential Tower
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199-3600
Phone: (617) 951-7000

Firm Stats

Chairperson: Julie Jones
Managing Partner: David Djaha
Hiring Partner: Peter Erichsen
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2021:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

Base Salary (2022) 1st year: $215,000 2nd year: $225,000 3rd year: $250,000 4th year: $295,000 5th year: $345,000 6th year: $370,000 7th year: $400,000 8th year: $415,000 9th year: $425,000 Summer Associate: $4,134.61/week

Employment Contact

Katie Calabrese
Director of Entry Level Recruiting

No. of U.S. Offices: 7

No. of International Offices: 5

Major Office Locations

New York
Los Angeles
Washington, DC
San Francisco
Palo Alto I London
Hong Kong

Major Departments

Asset Management
Business Restructuring
Capital Markets
Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Life Sciences
Litigation & Enforcement
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity
Real Estate Investments & Transactions
Securities & Public Companies
Tax & Benefits
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.