BigLaw is an industry nickname for the nation’s largest law firms. BigLaw firms are full-service law firms that traditionally:

  • Employ large numbers of attorneys (100+);
  • Rank among the top-grossing law firms in the nation;
  • Pay top-market salaries;
  • Recruit from tier one law schools;
  • Hire from their summer programs;
  • Promote in lockstep (although that tradition is changing); and
  • Maintain a national or global presence, with multiple offices across the country or the world.

    Also Known As: Am Law 100, Vault 100, Magic Circle firms, NLJ 250

    Alternate Spellings: Big Law

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