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647 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition HAYNES AND BOONE, LLP October 2016 Super Win Haynes and Boone won dismissal of all claims filed against the National Football League in a high-profile class action involving claims related to the NFL’s distribution of tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey. GETTING HIRED Vault’s Verdict: Once your (top-notch) grades get you an interview, be ready to prove that your personality fits well with the firm’s respectful culture. Local ties, leadership experience, and interests outside the law will help you stand out. Outside of its Texas offices, Haynes & Boone tends to hire a lot of laterals. Hiring Process • “Many of our Dallas new associates are hired through the Fast Track program, which is a weeklong introduction to the firm at the end of 1L summer. I would guess half of my incoming class participated in Fast Track. Because of this, it can be very competitive to get an offer for 2L summer through OCI/EIP because the firm needs less candidates to fill out the summer class. Law school and grades are obviously important, but personality is very important as well.” • “School and personality are big factors. We are paying more attention to diversity, it seems like, by going to schools that are more diverse. In particular, we look for candidates that are enthusiastic . I cannot stress this point enough. Even if a candidate is not as strong on paper, when we find candidates that are enthusiastic, we push for those students. Students at top law schools who seem entitled are pretty much written off entirely, as we try to look for people we think will come here and work hard. We may deviate a little outside of hiring criteria, but we do generally stick to it.” • “As a Texas-based firm, the firm hires quite a few students from Texas law schools, but the firm has increased its recruiting footprint at several non-Texas schools such as Vanderbilt and UVA.” • “Speaking specifically to our IP candidates, the firm is picky about hiring people for certain positions where they require technical backgrounds. There are a lot of candidates who are interested in IP, patent work in particular, but who won’t get hired because they lack a technical background.” Interview Questions • “We have no set interview questions. I helped interview 1L candidates this year and some work to sell the firm, while others ask lots of questions about an applicant’s background. As an interviewee, I would not stress about the type of interview, but generally just go with the flow of the conversation. I try to mix some social conversation, since personality is a huge factor in hiring, with some questions about the applicant’s background and/or resumes.” • “We really want to make sure that the candidate is interested in our firm so we usually ask what they know about Haynes and Boone and what motivated them to apply. If they’re applying for an IP position we always ask what made them want to go to law school and why they are interested in IP.
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