Is it reasonable to rate any of the top 100 law firms as being family friendly? After all, a big firm is not a single business
with a unified structure, but a conglomeration of mini-firms, each one consisting of the equity partner who brings in the clients and the attorneys that support those clients. Each mini-firm’s group of attorneys create separate corporate cultures, so you can have radically different professional experiences within the same overall large law firm. One mini-firm might be family friendly, another might not.
But the Yale Law Women’s family friendly survey misses this important issue and instead rates the top 100 law firms as if they have a single, unified culture. Relying on these kinds of surveys can provide you with quite misleading expectations as to what your own, individual life might be like when you work at a particular place.
Meanwhile, Belly of the Beast critiques this survey because it fails to answer the single most important family friendly question: Do you have a good chance of making partner while working part time? Check it out here: http://bit.ly/jgt2jw
You can see Belly of the Beast’s amusing and insightful Misery Index here, which arguably does a better job of honing in on these kinds of work-life balance concerns: http://bit.ly/lUGqww