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a previously expressed desire to work on certain types of deals.” Training & Mentoring • “The formal training program at Sidley is phenomenal. We have done several off-site trainings, which give us the opportunity to meet associates from other offices. The regular CLE trainings are also quite helpful. The firm encourages formal and informal mentoring, both of which I find meaningful and helpful.” • “We are provided a partner and associate mentor. Associates go through a litigation boot camp, which consists of weekly hour long trainings on depositions, brief writing, etc.” • “Considering how busy we have been I have been very pleased with the mentoring from partners. I would not say there is a formal process that is in place, but that works for me because I learn better in the informal setting. Partners have gone over edits with me, and offer helpful suggestions on challenging issues. This is very much an open door policy with respect to help or mentoring.” • “There are a lot of one-size-fits-all training sessions for asso- ciates in our group that often don’t implicate the type of deals we work on, or don’t address the actual questions associates have or provide the training such associates need.” Career Outlook • “Exit opportunities are abundant and excellent. The firm does a great job of supporting both those people who want to become partners and those who wish to leave for jobs in other fields.” • “Sidley has a single partnership track and all associates are hired onto it. There is no ‘counsel track’ per se, though there are senior associates who transition into a counsel role rather than partnership. It’s not a closed partnership, but there has to be a business case to admit a new partner, which seems like a fair balance to me.” • “Partnership is likely difficult, but it seems like it is available for those who want to pursue it and put forth the effort. Exit opportunities are numerous and worthwhile.” • “Exit opportunities are excellent. Associates have gone in-house, to government, or to clients. One place they notably don’t go is to other BigLaw firms. I’ve never seen that happen in my time here, and I think that says volumes about the office.” Pro Bono Commitment • “We constantly have pro bono opportunities, and most people are involved with pro bono work. It is encouraged and a big value. It also offers fun and interesting work for all.” • “I’m impressed with the pro bono requirement. Counting 200 hours as billable hour-qualifying says a lot, I think.” • “My firm is committed to pro bono work. It is well-known for things like its victories under its Capital Litigation Project. I personally have worked on a veteran’s appeal for combat- related disability benefits, advising a non-profit about its liability waivers, drafting part of a temporary restraining order in response to a Trump executive order, and I am now helping a new business with its formation documents like bylaws. The firm is also quite invested in non-pro bono
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