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US News Law Firm Rankings: Coming in 2010

Posted Jul 7, 2009 1:26 PM CDT
By Sarah Mui

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US News & World Report announced today that readers can look forward to a law firm rankings feature in the fall of 2010.

"We can feel law-firm marketing directors getting a little twitchy already," the Wall Street Journal Law Blog writes.

There will in fact be two sets of rankings, according to a press release (PDF provided by Wall Street Journal Law Blog): the best law firms, and the best law firms to work for. The rankings will evaluate more than 3,000 U.S. law firms using "a wide range of objective data as well as individual assessments from more than 40,000 private practice lawyers, 20,000 clients, and thousands of law firm employees." The survey will be conducted this fall, the release says.

This fall, the US News site will host Best Lawyers' search engine, which contains profiles of more than 50,000 U.S. lawyers. Best Lawyers is partnering with US News for the law firm rankings.

Above the Law points out that Vault.com was actually the first to arrive at this party. But US News is no wallflower.

"What if the new US News rankings differ significantly from the Vault rankings?" Elie Mystal writes at Above the Law. "Will industry professionals still trust Vault, while clients are starstruck by US News? Or vice versa? Or will US News end up as a late entry into a field that Vault already dominates?"

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