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245 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition WILMERHALE law school is also a popular topic. Be prepared to talk about the substance of what’s on your resume (especially articles, etc.).” • “General questions about who you are, what you’re interested in, why you want to work for the firm.” Lateral & Clerk Integration • “Laterals are treated well and are encouraged to integrate seamlessly into the firm.” • “There has been virtually no effort to integrate me into the firm, and I don’t even know what resources (if any) are available for helping me integrate. I’ve had to figure everything out for myself through trial and error.” OUR SURVEY SAYS Vault’s Verdict: WilmerHale attorneys describe the firm as a “humane” place to practice BigLaw. Associates are happy to work in a collegial environment and at a firm that is dedicated to training and mentoring; they’re also pleased the firm recently changed the compensation structure to be in line with the market, paying standard bonuses at 2,000 hours. But this is, in fact, still BigLaw—so the associates still work some long hours and junior litigation associates say they do more doc review than they’d like. Satisfaction • “I am happy at the firm. I enjoy my colleagues and the work I am doing. The Practice Managers are proactive about helping associates get work they are interested in and working with partners with whom they would like to work.” • “Extremely satisfied with the work, the level of responsibility and opportunities for growth, and the people I work with. My colleagues especially are a big part of the extent to which I’m satisfied with the job.” • “WilmerHale is the best possible place to practice BigLaw in NYC. The people are kind, the work is interesting and meaningful, and everyone respects your personal and family time as much as possible. The only downsides to working at WilmerHale are endemic to BigLaw practice in NYC as a whole.” • “Interesting work, great people, but understandably at our billable rates, the clients are very demanding.” Firm Culture • “The firm’s culture was described to me as ‘nerdy but nice.’ I have found that to be accurate. There is definitely a social wing of the firm, especially among the younger associates, but there are also plenty of people who go home to their families. Politically, it is certainly liberally, although there is also a smaller group of conservatives that do conservative pro bono work. There are various firm-organized social opportunities, including monthly socials, a holiday party, and various summer associate events.” • “The culture may be the best part of the firm. I cannot understate how great it is working in an office full of like- minded, liberal attorneys (especially given the current political environment). Attorneys also socialize in various groups relatively often, both in and out of the office, and there are many colleagues whom I consider friends and see
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