Ropes & Gray Receives Top Rankings for Quality of Life and Diversity in Vault  2021 Associate Survey

Tags: Diversity, Pro Bono

In the 2021 Vault survey of associates, Ropes & Gray received top rankings for its efforts to promote professional development, create a diverse and inclusive culture, and host a valuable and engaging summer associate program. Notably, the firm received top three rankings in the Best to Work For, Overall Diversity and Pro Bono categories, and for the 10th year in a row, the directory ranked Ropes & Gray number one among U.S. law firms for formal training.

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The rankings–which are based on a survey of nearly 20,000 associates at top U.S. law firms—highlight the firm’s dedication to mutual respect, collegiality, professional excellence and dedication to public service. Key rankings include

  • 1 for Formal Training
  • 2 for Diversity for LGBTQ Individuals
  • 3 for Overall Diversity
  • 3 for Diversity for Women
  • 3 for Pro Bono
  • 3 for Best to Work For
  • 4 for Diversity for Individuals with Disabilities
  • 4 for Informal Training, Mentoring & Sponsorship
  • 5 for Associate/Partner Relations
  • 5 for Career Outlook
  • 5 for Satisfaction
  • 5 for Wellness
  • 6 for Firm Culture
  • 6 for Diversity for Racial Minorities


Ropes & Gray’s ranking for Overall Diversity underscores the firm’s longstanding and ongoing efforts to recruit, retain and advance people of diverse backgrounds at all levels. The firm also continues to consistently rank highly in the rankings for Diversity for LGBTQ+ Individuals and Diversity for Racial Minorities. In the Vault survey, associates noted Ropes & Gray’s outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion for individuals across multiple categories, including race, gender and sexual orientation.


Professional Development

The firm also shined in areas related to training and career growth, showing strong rankings in Informal Training, Mentoring & Sponsorship and Quality of Work. The 2021 rankings reflect Ropes & Gray’s dedication to advancing the careers of each and every associate at the firm by offering more than 1,300 training programs aimed at enriching practical legal skills and knowledge of substantive law.

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Importantly, Ropes & Gray also ranked fifth in Vault’s inaugural Wellness category, demonstrating the firm’s commitment to providing tangible resources, premier education and compassionate support to enhance the emotional, physical and financial health of its people. 

Summer Program

This year, the firm also ranked well in categories related to the experience of summer associates, including strong rankings for Best Summer Associate Program, Career Development and Attorney Interaction. These rankings recognize Ropes & Gray’s thoughtful summer associate program, which provides law students with insight into the firm’s client matters, as well as pro bono work, and equips them with the training tools they need for a successful legal career. 


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