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everyone is aware of the firm’s lack of formalized classroom- style training, senior associates and partners are very proactive about providing mentorship to new associates.” • “There is a training program consisting of a day or two for new attorneys. There is also a mock trial program, and a deposition training program. You have to do the trial program first, which doesn’t make much sense, since most of us at that stage do not conduct trials. If the deposition program were done earlier, it may be helpful, as by the time we take part in this program, we will already have taken and defended depositions. The mentoring program is nonexistent. I supposedly have a mentor, but I met with her just once, six years ago. She probably doesn’t know she is my mentor.” Career Outlook • “The firm has been good about promoting ‘home-grown’ associates to partner. However, there are not enough such slots to go around, which leads to most associates having go multiple years beyond the traditional partnership track if they want to make partner.”
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© 2017 Vault.com Inc. 174 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN, LLP • “Promotion to partnership does not seem realistic (associates increasingly spend years in ‘of counsel’ positions before making partner, if at all). Senior associates can transition to ‘of counsel,’ but I don’t know how attractive of an option that is. The best exit opportunities tend to be positions in government or in-house, though I’ve seen a number of associates lateral to peer firms doing similar work.” • “Becoming a partner at Quinn is exceptionally hard, both in terms of the numbers who make it and the level of sustained work required. It’s a possibility, but most don’t even want to try. Luckily, the firm is happy to offer roles as counsel to associates who don’t want to try for partnership; it has also been known to allow people to stay on as associates working only half-time, or otherwise accept flexible arrangements. These people are some of the happiest I’ve met at the firm. The exit opportunities are exciting because of Quinn’s name and the experience associates tend to get.” • “Senior associates are not pushed out and many have made partner or of counsel years after it would have been traditional at most firms. Associates leave to join USAO offices or other DOJ offices, to go in-house at tech companies, to clerk, or to take a shot at partnership at peer firms.” Pro Bono Commitment • “The firm is involved in a lot of pro bono work. However, only 100 hours is billable, and those 100 hours are in the same bucket as a number of other non-billable activities, so there is little incentive to take on a pro bono matter.” • “The firm strongly supports pro bono work; pro bono successes are as celebrated as successes in paid work. But the firm caps the pro bono hours that can count toward a bonus at 100, which is often too low given the nature of the cases. The general rule for associates at Quinn is that
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