Every year, in honor of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (Pervis Ellison is not walking through that door, Louisville fans), Above the Law runs a law-related bracket. Law firms or schools advance based on the outcome of reader polls.

Last year was a particularly fun tournament. We crowned the Douchiest Law School in all the land. Duke won (big surprise), but even now people at UVA are still pissed and effectively demanding that we redo the poll to take into account their recent douchtastic behavior.

But there is a more important bracket that needs a second look. Back in 2008, we asked you to name the Coolest Law Firm. Guess who won.

In 2008, Above the Law readers declared Latham & Watkins to be the “coolest” law firm in the country. Yes, that Latham.

That was three years ago. Lehman was still a respected investment bank back then. Does anybody want to try this again? Let’s get to it…

The rules are the same as before. We’re starting with the Sweet 16 because running a 32- or 64-firm bracket would require the kind of weekend work I left Debevoise to avoid. We are once again seeding the firms based on the Vault rankings. Why Vault? Because Vault ranks law firms and we do not. I refuse to get sucked into a conversation about what the sixteen best law firms really are. If you disagree with the seeding, make your voices heard on the Vault surveys.

Here is the bracket:

Law firms will advance to the next round based on reader polls, in which we ask you which law firm is “cooler.” You can define that however you choose.

The polls are below. The first round will close at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 22. Vote early, and tell your friends.

Earlier: ATL March April Madness for Law Firms, Round 1: The Sweet Sixteen
ATL March April Madness: And the winner is…

Which firm is cooler?

  • Wachtell Lipton (59%, 1,077 Votes)
  • Sidley Austin (41%, 746 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,823

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Which firm is cooler?

  • Williams & Connolly (53%, 932 Votes)
  • Cleary (47%, 820 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,752

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Which firm is cooler?

  • Davis Polk (61%, 1,074 Votes)
  • Paul Weiss (39%, 686 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,760

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Which firm is cooler?

  • Skadden (55%, 984 Votes)
  • Debevoise (45%, 794 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,778

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Which firm is cooler?

  • Cravath (60%, 1,069 Votes)
  • Latham (40%, 714 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,783

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Which firm is cooler?

  • Covington (55%, 953 Votes)
  • Weil (45%, 769 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,722

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Which firm is cooler?

  • Sullivan & Cromwell (51%, 897 Votes)
  • Gibson Dunn (49%, 866 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,762

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Which firm is cooler?

  • Kirkland (51%, 913 Votes)
  • Simpson Thacher (49%, 870 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,782

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