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Vault guide to the top 100 law firms 2018 edition

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Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition WHITE & CASE LLP bisexual and transgender work place issues from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index 2016— the firm’s eighth consecutive perfect rating. Financing of Projects Worldwide White & Case advised on the financing of many of the big- gest and most significant projects worldwide, ranging from hydroelectric power plants in Brazil, a $822 million electricity transmission line which will unify most of Chile’s power grid, and a bauxite mine in the Republic of Guinea to the US$2 bil- lion development of Kazakhstan’s first integrated gas chemical complex, the United Arab Emirate’s first nuclear energy project and Germany’s A8 motorway project.. August 2016 Big Win for Big Pharma White & Case successfully defended pharmaceutical giant Pfizer against antitrust claims in federal court brought by putative classes of direct/indirect purchasers of the drug Cele- brex, with US sales of $2 billion. The plaintiffs claimed Pfizer engaged in a scheme to delay generic competition by fraudu- lently obtaining a patent on Celebrex and engaging in “sham” litigation, but all claims were dismissed. GETTING HIRED Vault’s Verdict: White & Case values candidates with language skills, international experience, or those that can convey a genuine interest in the firm’s global work. Some associates say the firm focuses too much on the grade/ school pedigree, but most like that the interviewing attorneys will take the time to read your writing sample and ask substantive questions. Hiring Process • “Language skills are important. Demonstrated commitment to and interest in the global work we do. Self-starters do well here, others do not. So we look for these qualities in the people we interview knowing that they will be a good fit. By-the-book, cookie cutter candidates, even if they have excellent grades and scores, do not fare as well in our highly innovative atmosphere.” • “The firm recruits through the standard OCI-process and tries to forge relationships with top students through informal ties to alumni and lawyers who teach as adjunct-professors. Although, the traditional factors do matter (e.g. journal experience, clerkship and grades), the ideal candidate is intelligent, has a true interest in international law and a down-to-earth attitude. Lawyers that attended T14 and lower ranked schools are both well represented at the firm.” • “I generally think there’s still too much of an emphasis on top tier law schools, and the recent efforts to ‘standardize’ the interview review process puts an emphasis on metrics easily quantified (e.g., top GPA from a top law school) rather than experience or the litany of intangibles that make someone a ‘good lawyer’ or ‘good fit.’ It’s a problem that permeates throughout the BigLaw industry still.” • “This process has been changing constantly since I applied so it’s hard to comment on. The summer classes are increasing in size but they also are trying to become more selective based on schools.”
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