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Taught about everything from legal writing to proper

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taught about everything from legal writing to proper meeting etiquette. That said, I think the best training opportunities are provided by one’s teams.” • “Our group has recently increased formal training, which I am very happy about. It’s great to have partners who are committed to walking through the substance of our work in sessions where everyone is expected to attend. It adds a lot to the informal training/mentoring, which is great but can be difficult to navigate when everyone is so busy.” • “Formal training is good, but mid-level and senior associates and partners seem too busy to offer much mentoring, sponsorship and informal training.” • “I have a formal mentor, who is a partner that I worked extensively with as a junior associate. My informal mentors have been officemates and senior associates on my cases who took an interest in my career development, including by helping me develop skills and confidence as well as by helping me work through more personal issues.” Career Outlook • “You probably won’t be a partner. You may be counsel. You will have the best exit opportunities available, whether into partnership positions at other firms, into government, etc.” • “Promotion to partner is a (very) long-shot. The firm seems happy to make people long-term counsel, however.” • “If you are truly 100% committed to making partner and have the skills to do so, I think it is realistic. We have counsel positions as an alternative. Exit opportunities seem strong— lots of corporate associates move in house or to boutiques with attractive specialties (VC work, etc.).” • “The exit opportunities are phenomenal, and the firm really helps you if you make the decision to go. Internal promotion is a bit more of a black box. The odds are not great for those who wish to make partner, but some people still manage it every year. There’s no strict “up or out” rule enforced, so senior associates sometimes stay on without being made partner. Counsel promotion seems possible but not much easier than making partner.” Pro Bono Commitment • “The firm is fully committed to pro bono work. I worked on a Ninth Circuit amicus brief on an immigration matter. I am also helping a pro bono client obtain a green card. Occasionally I volunteer at an unlawful detainer housing clinic.” • “We have a senior counsel and a few other coordinators and attorneys dedicated to coordinating pro bono so that it is easy to engage in, despite our schedules. I have worked on corporate pro bono (helping non-profits incorporate) and immigration pro bono (visa applications) projects.” • “There’s no hours requirement so the issue of whether pro bono counts as billable falls away. The firm places a very high value on pro bono work but it tends to be concentrated in litigation.” • “Although there are frequent announcements about pro bono opportunities, there is little to no participation or encouragement by partners.” Diversity Efforts
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