Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition.pdf

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leadership experience and diversity. The firm does have a tendency to think itself more selective than it really is—the experience with the new DC office demonstrates how many exceptional candidates haven’t applied here in the past, given the geographic limitations—but it’s at the tippy-top of the California market in terms of selectivity. There are no explicit hiring criteria. Everyone (associates and partners) votes on every candidate, so 191 different views are represented in every hiring decision.” • “MTO is selective. The firm is looking for candidates with a track record of success, which includes excellent grades, clerkships, and former leadership roles. We want attorneys that we can see as our colleagues: inquisitive, engaged, excited about the law, and committed to success not only at the firm, but also our broader communities.” Interview Questions • “Interviews tend to be informal, but candidates should be prepared to demonstrate an intellectual curiosity and interest in the law.” • “Interviews are standard for the call-back process. The firm will focus a little more on substantive legal questions and delving into your prior experience in law and what motivates you to practice than others firms might.” • “Things that show intellectual curiosity are by far the most important. One of the worst evaluations you can get here is: ‘came off as uninterested or unable to articulate a passion within the law.’” • “Interview questions will probe why the candidate is interested in our firm—location, practice, etc.—as well as test the candidate’s legal chops. A bad answer to ‘what was your favorite class in law school and why,’ or a surface-level answer to a substantive question in an area of the law that you said you were interested in, pretty much tanks your candidacy.” Lateral & Clerk Integration • “The firm doesn’t have a formal integration program, but the type of person likely to get hired here will be a self-starter who will be able to integrate. Folks certainly made an effort to be friendly and help me get to know everyone.” • “It’s kind of sink-or-swim, though no more so than for any other new associate.” • “I was at another firm, then I clerked, then I came here. I felt fully supported and well integrated by the mentoring program and other aspects of the firm’s culture and policies. I was very welcomed and well integrated.” OUR SURVEY SAYS Vault’s Verdict: Associates at MTO feel like they’ve hit the law firm jackpot; from friendly partners to flexible work hours and market salaries, things seem to be going smoothly at this West Coast firm. In the past year, the firm has taken on many more cases—both pro bono and paying—and associates are thrilled with the ability to continue expanding their work. While associates would appreciate a bit more early training, the relatively short partnership track and wonderful exit opportunities have associates singing MTO’s praises.
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