Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition.pdf

Getting hired vaults verdict meanies need not apply

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GETTING HIRED Vault’s Verdict: Meanies need not apply: Debevoise hiring attorneys place a premium on finding candidates who are not only academically strong, but who are also genuinely nice people they can see themselves working alongside. Although a good portion of associates hail from top schools, Debevoise also does a good job of recruiting from the top students at lower-ranked schools, especially those in New York. Hiring Process • “Debevoise is looking for very smart, even-keeled individuals who will fit into the firm culture here. There is a picture of our logo in the dictionary under ‘collegial’—and people who apply here tend to self-select. Most of the people who get through the initial resume/transcript screening process are a fairly diverse bunch with excellent credentials.” • “Process is in line with peer firms. Debevoise definitely prioritizes top schools, but a solid number of associates are from lower ranked schools, mostly in the New York area. I don’t feel any snobby-ness about schools once you’re in the door. Harvard, Columbia, and NYU probably have the most associates. Solid number of former clerks and returning clerks.” • “Top-tier schools are regular feeders, but Debevoise also goes out of its way to find the diamonds in schools down the rankings, who often end up being stronger associates than their Ivy colleagues.” • “Debevoise hires from the top graduates at the top schools. This is fairly clear. Most law graduates come from Harvard, Columbia and NYU. The firm values U.S. clerkships. Ultimately, I think Debevoise looks for people that are well-qualified on paper but who are plainly just ‘nice’ and ‘friendly’ people.” Interview Questions • “Every interviewer is different. Personally, I like to discuss what a candidate does and does not like about law school, any interesting papers they are working on, or any interesting topics from their resumes. Usually it becomes more of a conversation after an initial prompt.” • “They try to have a conversation with you rather than ask a round of questions. Be prepared to discuss how your prior work experiences have enriched your work performance and can enrich the firm.” • “The interviewer is just interested in getting to know the candidate, seeing whether the candidate can carry on a pleasant conversation, learn what the candidate’s priorities are, what makes the candidate excited.” • “The firm wants business savvy lawyers, so it asks questions not testing business acumen, but asking if you are interested in becoming business savvy.” OUR SURVEY SAYS Vault’s Verdict: Debevoise associates love that their firm has an “extremely” polite and friendly culture, though a few say that politeness can make it hard to get constructive criticism. The firm’s formal training programs and commitment to pro bono work and diversity also receive high marks, and associates appreciate their market compensation without a billable hours requirement. Partnership is difficult,
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