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I do wish we had a formal training program for individual groups, because there are a lot of basic questions that partners and other associates may not have time for, but that we still need to know.” • “There is a formal mentorship programs. Partners are open and available for informal mentoring.” Career Outlook • “The career outlook for associates at the firm is very strong. Partnership classes tend to be fairly small (12-15 per year), but senior associates frequently take the counsel route or transition to in-house or government positions. Given the size of our firm, the number and breadth of our clients, and the diversity of experience among our partners, there is no shortage of opportunities for attorneys looking to leave the firm.”
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© 2017 Inc. 536 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT • “Promotion is realistic, especially because the firm appears to be more selective recently in its hiring decisions, taking on smaller summer associate classes. There are non-partner roles (counsel) that many people are happy in. Associates who leave the firm typically take in-house counsel positions, often with a firm client.” • “The firm is committed to growing from within. There are several options for non-partner roles from which senior associates can choose, including flexible time arrangements. Internal emails are often circulated by the firm to gauge interest in transitioning to an in-house position with clients that have legal department openings, though no company is named in the solicitation.” • “From where I stand prospects look good. The New York office is definitely in major growth mode and it seems like partnership is achievable.” Pro Bono Commitment • “All associates are encouraged/required to perform 25 hours of pro bono work a year. Up to 100 hours a year count toward the billable hours requirement. The firm has an award it gives yearly—the Leon Jaworski award—given to outstanding attorney, much of which is based on pro bono/ civic involvement.” • “Our firm actively encourages pro bono work, and we have a great pro bono committee leading the charge, but the realities of BigLaw practice and the demands of our clients often limit the amount of pro bono work we can do. After an unusually busy first year, I’ve made a commitment to take on more pro bono work with the ultimate goal of dedicating 100 hours to pro bono work this year; I’ve already assisted in one matter and taken on another, and I’m confident that the firm will support me.” • “The firm regularly sends out pro bono projects to associates. A lot of the projects have focused on applications for asylum- seekers.” • “The firm heavily promotes pro bono work and encourages everyone to be involved. We have regular emails from our pro bono chair (per office) describing some of the available opportunities to help. The top pro bono attorney within the firm is celebrated each year and the Dallas office was named the area’s pro bono firm of the year!”
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