June 26, 2024 | 2 minute read

HOUSTON – Bracewell’s reputation as one of the nation’s leading firms for associates and summer associates was recognized in Vault’s 2025 Summer Associate Guide. Bracewell ranked #1 nationwide for Best Summer Associate Program for Social Experiences, #2 nationwide for Best Overall Summer Associate Program and #10 nationwide for Best Law Firm to Work For.

Bracewell placed in the top 10 law firms to work for based on the high rankings the firm earned in several national categories, including the following:

  • #7 – Quality of Work
  • #8 – Associate/Partner Relations
  • #9 – Career Outlook
  • #10 – Satisfaction
  • #10 – Transparency
  • #11 – Hours
  • #12 – Firm Culture
  • #12 – Informal Training, Mentoring and Sponsorship

Bracewell’s summer associate program ranked among the top 2 in the nation based on the high marks earned in several categories, including the following:

  • #1 – Social Experiences
  • #5 – Career Development
  • #6 – Attorney Interactions

In addition, Bracewell ranked #7 in the Diversity for Women category.

Vault’s 2025 rankings are based on the feedback provided on its annual associate survey. Junior associates who participated in their current firm’s summer associate program were asked to rate their experience on a scale of 1 to 10 in six different categories. From those ratings, Vault ranked the best summer programs in three areas: attorney interactions (based on associates’ scores for meaningful interactions with firm attorneys), career development (based on associates’ scores for substantive assignments, training and mentoring, and effective preparation for life as an associate) and social experiences (based on associates’ scores for the quality of events and satisfaction with firm-sponsored social opportunities and social interactions). The overall best summer associate program ranking reflects the average of all six individual ratings.

For the Best Law Firms to Work For, each firm’s overall score was calculated using the following formula: 25 percent satisfaction; 10 percent firm culture; 10 percent hours; 10 percent compensation; 10 percent quality of work; 5 percent business outlook; 5 percent career outlook; 5 percent associate/partner relations; 5 percent transparency; 5 percent formal and informal training; 5 percent pro bono and 5 percent overall diversity.