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training sessions the firm provides.” • “Formal training is very little, and pretty much only exists because of one or two senior associates/junior partners who decided to take it on and make it a priority. Informal training/ mentoring is much better, but depends on the people you’re working with. Some partners take it seriously and spend a lot of time teaching; others don’t really invest.” • “The firm offers a day-long litigation training course to new associates and that’s pretty much it. Continuing education is nonexistent. The firm’s ethos is to let associates figure it out, and that usually works, but many of us would not mind better (and continuing) training.” Career Outlook • “The firm actually makes partners. It also makes partners earlier than its competitors (i.e., 7-8 years). Exit opportunities are also very good if that’s the direction you’d like to go.” • “Promotion to partnership is realistic, but should I choose to leave MTO, I know that there are a variety of appealing exit options. Associates have gone in-house to Fortune 500 companies, taken legal and political positions at the state and federal government, and taken leadership roles at nonprofit legal organizations.” • “The firm is extremely healthy and highly profitable for this market. It has one of the highest revenue per lawyers of any firm, which is probably the most important metric in evaluating relative firm value since PPP can be inflated by dangerously high leverage. Promotion to partnership is feasible, but not for everyone. About 1/2 of the people that come in to the firm would have the opportunity to make partner. Many choose to leave to become AUSAs, to go in-house at a client, to teach law, or to the federal or state bench.” • “Partnership seems like it is fairly realistic for those who are focused on it, work hard and embody the values of the firm. There are some folks who are promoted to counsel, but my sense is that it is not a common path. Recruiters are calling around the clock—when people do leave, they are generally leaving to pursue really interesting opportunities.” Pro Bono Commitment • “There is no distinction made between pro bono work and paying clients. The firm counts hours as billable whether pro bono or not and attorneys are encouraged to take on pro bono work.” • “The firm has no cap on pro bono hours and very actively encourages pro bono work. I billed at least a third of my hours last year on an asylum/immigration matter and a slum housing/habitability case.” • “To give a flavor of the pro bono commitment, over the past six months, I worked with the Clinton Campaign’s legal team to draft model pleadings for voter intimidation, unlawful voter challenges, and electioneering claims in Nevada and Arizona
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