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

For level 1 associates of 150 billable hours each

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for ‘Level 1’ associates of 150 billable hours each year towards our goal to be spent observing hearings, depositions, mediations, trials, etc. Additionally, formal substantive training is conducted for each level of associate at various times throughout the year.” • “The firm offers formal training programs for different associate levels. This is one of the reasons that I was excited about this job. We also have certain hours dedicated to training associates.” Career Outlook • “Promotion seems promising within the firm and we are constantly recruited by other firms and companies as a result of our experience and training at the firm.” • “The firm is notable for having many career path options for those who do not want to be a shareholder. I consider it a great plus that there is not a pyramid structure between associates and shareholders. Some associates leave to go in-house and others choose to not become a shareholder, but there is no great number of associates forced out of the firm because of limited shareholder spots. Firm attorneys regularly send emails about in-house opportunities with clients. There also are many options for moving to a L&E position with general practice firms due to Littler’s specialty.” • “The firm says it is transparent about how to make partner, but it also seems to change every year. Those who you think should make it, do not. It’s ultimately all about whether you have started to bring in your own business and how many hours you’ve billed. In some practice groups or life circumstances, that will just preclude you from being promoted.” • “Promotion to partner is questionable. Exit opportunities laterally or in-house are very strong. There are many non- partner roles.” Pro Bono Commitment • “Littler appears to only pay lip service to pro bono work. There is a perception among associates that working on pro bono work at the expense of billable non-pro bono will diminish chances of promotion.” • “Firm does encourage pro bono work, but only allows a fraction of hours spent on pro bono work to count toward billable requirements.” • “We receive 50% credit for pro bono hours and there is no cap. I have been able to represent a non-profit art gallery in various employment matters.” • “Pro bono work does not seem to be highly valued. It would help if the hours worked could count at 100% billable hour.” Diversity Efforts • “Littler is extremely diverse and has a very strong diversity initiative.” • “I had a baby after working for the firm for only 8 months. I was able to take 16 weeks off and received 8 full weeks of pay and then took 8 weeks unpaid. I was able to return as a 50 percent associate, meaning my billable rate was half.
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