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Vacation and Leave Policies of Top Law Firms: Paternity and Maternity Leave and Gay Benefits

published February 18, 2015

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Summary: Ever wondered what the vacation and leave policies were for the top law firms? Now you can find out.
 
Vacation and leave policies are important benefits to consider when choosing a law firm.

This chart covers maternity leave, paternity leave, and vacation policies at the top law firms in the United States, including whether or not the firm also gives the same rights to same sex couples. Areas of the chart that are blank are where the data couldn't be found for that law firm.

Use this chart to help you choose a law firm if you are a recent law graduate. It can also help you in switching firms if you are a seasoned attorney looking to make a lateral move.
 
Law Firm Vacation and Leave Policy Vacation Is there paid maternity leave? Is there paid paternity leave? Are adoption fees covered? Do gay couples get equal benefits?
Cleary 4 weeks (5 weeks after four years' employment) 18 weeks if primary caregiver 10 weeks if primary caregiver, 5 weeks if secondary caregiver    
Clifford Chance 4 weeks 18 weeks 8 weeks if primary caregiver, 4 weeks if secondary caregiver   y
Cooley 4 weeks 18 weeks if primary caregiver 4 weeks if secondary caregiver   y
Cravath 4 weeks 20 weeks if primary caregiver, 12 weeks if adoptive primary caregiver 12 weeks if primary caregiver    
Crowell & Moring Unlimited 18 weeks 4 weeks   y
Curtis 4 weeks 12 weeks 2 weeks    
Davis Polk 4 weeks (5 weeks after five years' employment) 18 weeks 10 weeks    
Debevoise 4 weeks 18 weeks (and 2 weeks prebirth leave) 10 weeks if primary caregiver, 4 weeks if secondary caregiver   y
Dechert 4 weeks 18 weeks if primary caregiver, 4 weeks if secondary caregiver 18 weeks if primary caregiver, 4 weeks if secondary caregiver   y
DLA Piper Unlimited 18 weeks 4 weeks   y
Duane Morris 4 weeks 13 weeks 1 week    
Dykema Unlimited 12 weeks 6 weeks   y
Epstein Becker & Green 4 weeks maximum 6-12 weeks (after 1 year's service) 1-2 weeks after one year's service    
Finnegan Unlimited 18 weeks 12 weeks   y
Fish & Richardson Unlimited 16 weeks 8 weeks    
Fitzpatrick 4 weeks 12 weeks 2 weeks   y
Foley & Lardner 3 weeks (less than 8 years), 4 weeks (more than 8 years) 18 weeks if primary caregiver, 12 weeks if secondary caregiver 10 weeks if primary caregiver, 4 weeks if secondary caregiver $5,000 y
Fox Rothschild 4 weeks 12 weeks 2 weeks No, but paid leave is provided y
Freshfields 5.2 weeks 12 weeks (additional 12 weeks half salary for attorneys who have been with firm for 15 months plus) 2 weeks   y
Fried Frank 4 weeks 18 weeks 10 weeks   y
Gibbons 3 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks    
Gibson Dunn Unlimited 18 weeks if primary caregiver 10 weeks if primary caregiver   y
Goodwin Procter 4 weeks 18 weeks if primary caregiver 10 weeks if primary caregiver, 4 weeks if secondary caregiver    
Hangley 4 weeks 18 weeks 2 weeks    
Haynes and Boone 10 days (less than 3 years), 15 days (3-7 years), 20 days (7 years plus) 12 weeks (after 1 year's service) 4 weeks (after 1 year's service)    
Hogan Lovells 4 weeks 18 weeks if primary caregiver 10 weeks if primary caregiver $5,000 (lifetime maximum $10,000) y
Holland 4 weeks 16 weeks 6 weeks   y
Hunton & Williams 4 weeks 18 weeks 2 weeks $5,000  
Irell & Manella 4 weeks 18 weeks 4 weeks   y
Jackson Walker Unlimited 12 weeks Unofficial; arranged with department    
Jenner & Block 3 weeks 12 weeks (plus short-term disability) 6 weeks   y
Jones Day 4 weeks 12 weeks 4 weeks    
K&L Gates 3-4 weeks 12 weeks 6 weeks   y
Kasowitz 4 weeks 12 weeks 0   y
Katten Muchin Unlimited 12 weeks 2 weeks   y
Kaye Scholer 4 weeks 18 weeks 4 weeks   y
King & Spalding 4 weeks 12 weeks if primary caregiver 12 weeks if primary caregiver    
Kirkland & Ellis Unlimited 16 weeks 10 weeks   y
Kramer Levin 4 weeks 18 weeks if primary caregiver, 14 weeks if secondary caregiver 8 weeks if primary caregiver, 4 weeks if secondary caregiver   y
Latham & Watkins Unlimited 18 weeks if primary caregiver 4 weeks if secondary caregiver   y
Linklaters 22 days 18 weeks if primary caregiver 18 weeks if primary caregiver, 2 weeks if secondary caregiver   y
Mayer Brown Unlimited 18 weeks 6 weeks    
McGuireWoods 3 weeks 18 weeks 6 weeks $5,000 y
McKenna Long & Aldridge Unlimited 12 weeks 4 weeks   y
Milbank 4 weeks, 21 days (LA office) 18 weeks 18 weeks   y
Morgan Lewis 4 weeks 16 weeks if primary caregiver, 12 weeks if secondary caregiver 8 weeks if primary caregiver, 4 weeks if secondary caregiver    
MoFo Unlimited 18 weeks 10 weeks    
Munger Unlimited 16 weeks 4 weeks   y
Nixon Peabody     4 weeks Up to $7,500  
Nutter 4 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks    
O'Melveny & Myers 3-4 weeks depending on seniority and location 18 weeks 6 weeks   y
Orrick Unlimited 18 weeks 4 weeks   Yes, in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages
Patterson Belknap 4 weeks 18 weeks 4 weeks   y
Patton Boggs 6 weeks 18 weeks 5 weeks   y
Paul, Weiss 4 weeks 18 weeks 4 weeks   y
Pepper Hamilton 4 weeks 12 weeks 6 weeks    
Perkins Coie Unlimited 12 weeks 4 weeks (8 weeks for primary caregiver adoption) $5,000 y
Pillsbury 4 weeks 12 weeks 6 weeks   y
Proskauer 4 weeks 18 weeks 4 weeks $5,000 y
Quinn Emanuel Starts at 3 weeks 16 weeks full time, primary caregiver 3 days    
Reed Smith 3    weeks (0-3 years from law school). 4    weeks (4 years plus from law school) 12 weeks (including 6 weeks of disability) 6 weeks   y
Ropes & Gray 4 weeks 18 weeks 4 weeks   Yes, in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages
Schiff Hardin 4 weeks minimum 18 weeks 4 weeks $5,000 y
Sedgwick Undisclosed 16 weeks 3 weeks   y
Seward & Kissel 4 weeks 12 weeks 2 weeks    
Shearman & Sterling 4 weeks 18 weeks 4 weeks   y
Sheppard Mullin Unlimited 15 weeks 0    
Sidley Austin Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed   Undisclosed
Simpson Thacher 4 weeks 18 weeks 4 weeks   y
Skadden 4 weeks 18 weeks birth mother, 12 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks secondary caregiver 12 weeks if primary caregiver, 4 weeks if secondary caregiver   y
Snell & Wilmer Unlimited 12 weeks 12 weeks    
Squire Sanders     18 weeks    
Strasburger & Price Unlimited 12 weeks 0    
Stroock 4 weeks 18 weeks 4 weeks    
Sullivan & Cromwell 4 weeks 18 weeks 4 weeks $7,500 after one year's service  
Venable 3 weeks (up to a year with the firm), 4 weeks (over a year with the firm) 18 weeks if primary caregiver 4 weeks if secondary caregiver    
Vinson Elkins 3 weeks (1-3 years), 4 weeks (4 years plus) 12 weeks 12 weeks   y
Waller 2 weeks (up to 3 years of employment), 3 weeks (after 3 years) 12 weeks 0 (up to 12 weeks unpaid leave) Pre-tax contributions through section 125 F.S.A.  
Weil 4 weeks 18 weeks 10 weeks   y
White & Case Unlimited 16-18 weeks depending on length of service 4 weeks y
Wiley Rein 4 weeks 18 weeks 4 weeks    
Willkie Farr & Gallagher 4 weeks 18 weeks if primary caregiver 4 weeks    
WilmerHale 4 weeks 18 weeks if primary caregiver, 4 weeks if secondary caregiver 18 weeks if primary caregiver, 4 weeks if secondary caregiver   Y
Wiltshire & Grannis Unlimited 12 weeks (or within reason if exempt) 12 weeks (or within reason if exempt)    
Winston & Strawn Unlimited 18 weeks 10 weeks   y

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