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Our Survey Says


Intelligence, hard work, and being a team player are cornerstones to getting a position at Ropes & Gray. Once at the firm, associates appreciate firm leadership espouses an open-door policy and regular, ongoing feedback on assignments. Training at Ropes is top-notch, with formal training programs throughout an associate’s career, and informal training and mentorship within specific practice areas. The culture at the firm is a major plus, with frequent social events sponsored by the firm and the various affinity groups. Associates like the central staffing system and feel the 1,900 billable hour requirement is manageable, especially given that unlimited pro bono hours and some diversity activities are counted towards the goal. Compensation is at market, and bonuses are not all or nothing at Ropes, which eases associates’ stress due to the natural ebb and flow of work. The firm is transparent in the path to partnership and in firm decision-making. Associates appreciate the number of opportunities to either stay with the firm long term or to the many excellent exit opportunities with clients, the government, or other firms. Firm technology is improving, and associates feel supported in when and how they work. Wellness benefits are plentiful, with access to counseling services, healthy food options, and many benefits for associates looking to start a family, to name a few. Pro bono work isn’t just valued—it’s expected. Associates are encouraged to log at least 20 hours a year on pro bono work, but many associates spend a lot more time on important social matters. Diversity is improving at the firm, and efforts toward recruitment, retention, and promotion of diverse attorneys are notable.

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 (2023):
1.5K - 2K
No. of Partners Named 2022:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

Base Salary (2023)
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
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.