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selective based on schools.” Interview Questions • “Most of the interview questions are open-ended and geared towards finding a culture fit. You get asked about your experiences outside of law school, leadership qualities, and lots of questions about how you work as a team. Some other random questions are thrown in there such as tell me about the book you are currently reading or what your goals are as a lawyer.” • “Substantive questions aimed at getting to know the individual and whether that individual is the right fit for the culture of the firm. Also questions designed to see how the individual thinks and reasons. One thing I appreciated when I was interviewing is the fact that the people interviewing me had actually taken the time to review my writing sample (something that people at most other firms did not seem to have done). This made me feel like they really took my work and my application seriously.” • “’Why White & Case?’ If you answer ‘because it’s a global firm’ you should be prepared to provide specific examples. ‘What drives you?’ ‘How do you work in a team?’ ‘What was your most recent paper on and why?’ ‘Why law school?’ Also anything on your resume or writing sample is fair game. An interviewee should be able to speak intelligently about their resume and writing sample. Second year law students are not expected to know which area of law they want to practice, but should know basic information that can be found online about the firm, the summer program and its practice areas.” • “This interview was a bit more substantive than others I attended. They seemed to care about how you think, rather than just if you’re a cool person.” Lateral & Clerk Integration • “Everyone has been very welcoming, and the orientation programs have been helpful without being too overwhelming. Other associates have been helpful in answering my questions, as have partners.” • “There wasn’t much guidance.” • “I think they do a very good job. You’re immediately immersed. They are focused on making sure people have work and fit in.” OUR SURVEY SAYS Vault’s Verdict: Many associates come to White & Case for its international opportunities and clientele—and in that regard, it doesn’t disappoint. Associates like the social atmosphere,
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© 2017 Inc. 210 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition WHITE & CASE LLP respectful partners, and flexibility in working arrangements. Formal and informal mentorship get mixed reviews by the associates. Associates say the path to partnership is difficult and long, but the firm generally promotes “homegrown” partners, so it’s more achievable than at some peer firms. Satisfaction • “I like and respect the people I work with and feel like my opinion is valued. The work itself is of interest to me and I’ve been able to be a part of two trial teams. The downside to the job can be long, sometimes unpredictable hours and stress that comes along with turning assignments around quickly.” • “Overall I really like my job. I work with great people and
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