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commentators to predict that the Supreme Court would grant cert. The decision gives Irell & Manella client Ariosa a complete and final victory in its patent litigation with Sequenom. GETTING HIRED Vault’s Verdict: Irell’s strict GPA cutoffs mean some low marks could make all the difference in the firm’s notoriously
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485 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition IRELL & MANELLA LLP selective recruiting process. Once you’ve gotten past that barrier, it’s important to strike that rare balance between studious and sociable. Hiring Process • “Irell hires almost exclusively through the summer program, and our hiring is very competitive. We typically require a high GPA, plus interpersonal skills, since early responsibility is a big part of Irell’s program and we need associates who are smart, proactive, creative problem solvers, and presentable to clients fairly early on.” • “Very competitive process. The hiring committee spends a lot of time looking at candidates. No one receives an offer without a lot of approval from the hiring committee.” • “Most of the attorneys in my class came from Harvard, Stanford, Yale, UCLA, and U Chicago. Irell does seem to have strong regional ties to the LA area, however, so you see attorneys from schools like Southwestern and Loyola, which might not be as prestigious but have the regional connection to Irell.” • “Irell places a great deal of emphasis on having top grades at an elite school.” Interview Questions • “Thinking back to my OCI experience, there is no one type of question. The interviewers don’t beat around the bush or want to have a pleasant chat for 30 minutes; the interviews were intense.” • “We are pretty standard law firm interviewers. Sometimes we ask behavioral questions as well.” Lateral Integration • “Lateral and judicial clerk hires are brought on-board with the entering first-year class, so they get to know that class well and receive all of the basic litigation training that first years do. However, Irell could do a better job of integrating laterals with associates in their own year.” • “Young lateral associates are welcomed and participate in many of the integration/training and social activities as other associates.” OUR SURVEY SAYS Vault’s Verdict: Generous compensation, early responsibility, and a strong commitment to pro bono have Irell associates convinced that they’ve found a West Coast gem. The hours can be brutal, but most associates say there is no face-time requirement and that makes the workload more palatable. Satisfaction • “The legal work is top quality and meaningful contributions are highly appreciated, though the pace and volume of work can be demoralizing at times.” • “I am generally very happy at Irell. I have had good experience with a wide range of cases, doing interesting work. I’ve been given a great deal of responsibility and wide latitude to accomplish my tasks.” • “I get a lot of job responsibility and client contact. More
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