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development partners are assigned to junior associates based on areas of interest and are dedicated to helping develop our careers.” • “We get a lot of trainings as a junior that are mandatory for your first 6 months at the firm. For mentorship, it happens more naturally and informally. It develops as you get to know seniors and partners on your own and through events.” Career Outlook • “Promotion to partner is realistic but appears to take 10-12 years. Many associates exit to in-house positions.” • “Particularly in the Americas, where the firm is looking to grow (both laterally and organically), interested mid-level and senior associates are told that promotion (to partner, or perhaps temporarily, to counsel) is a reasonable prospect. This seems to bear out in recent years, in which associates from the Americas have been promoted annually.” • “Our partner process is very long, at least in the New York office. It looks to be about 9-10 years as an associate, at which point you would likely be made counsel for a couple years, and then possibly you would be made a non-equity partner. Senior associates can transition to counsel and remain as counsel, although this seems pretty rare. Exit opportunities abound; I get multiple calls and emails per day from various recruiters.” • “Partnership is attainable. There are no limits—it’s solely a matter of making a business case to the firm. If you can show you can occupy a niche and bring in business, you will make partner. There are no checklists or other barriers—it’s solely based on whether it makes sense for the firm. Senior associates can transition into the counsel role, but at that point, most opt to take advantage of the firm’s alumni network and move somewhere else.” Pro Bono Commitment • “The firm is strongly committed to pro bono, and will count an unlimited number of pro bono hours towards your annual billable target. For more complex, time-intensive pro bono cases (like representing an individual in a trial), the firm will also devote the necessary resources to help you achieve success (i.e., paralegal time, partners making themselves available to moot arguments, etc.).” • “Associates are frequently encouraged to participate in pro bono projects, including ones which are both fascinating and highly challenging.” • “I have been involved in multiple pro bono projects and we are consistently provided with opportunities to get involved. There is no pressure to take them on, but they are always there and are great ways to gain experience.” • “The firm allows associates to bill pro bono work towards billable hours. I regularly see colleagues working on and soliciting assistance with pro bono work. In the Washington DC office, we do both local level work, often for the benefit of children, and more substantial matters of national interest.” Diversity Efforts • “There are almost no female partners (10 out of 75 in the US, and 19% globally), and there is no working parents committee. The firm has excellent policies for maternity and
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