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

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Year” in two categories: “Communications Law” and “Appellate Practice.” These outstanding rankings demonstrate high client satisfaction with the legal services Mayer Brown lawyers deliver across a broad range of practice areas and geographies. June 2016 You Better Recognize The BTI Consulting Group, a highly regarded research firm that analyzes the legal services industry, repeatedly recognized Mayer Brown in the past year. In September 2016, the firm was named to BTI’s “Fearsome Four Honor Roll” – the list of law firms feared most in litigation—in The BTI Litigation Outlook 2017 . The report also included Mayer Brown in the top 15 percent of all firms for class action lawsuits. In June 2016, Mayer Brown was ranked in the top 10 of the 2016 “BTI Clientopia 24” in four different industries for having the strongest client relationships. GETTING HIRED Vault’s Verdict: Mayer Brown recruits widely—with the Chicago office hiring top students from many Midwestern law schools—while also culling from the typical T14 schools. Candidates should all have good grades, but work experience and clerkships will also help. During interviews, prepare to explain what it is about Mayer Brown that stands out and how you are tied to the local area, among other questions. Hiring Process • “The firm is looking for high performing individuals focused on a handful of law schools. Good grades are necessary, and journal experience is encouraged. Clerkships are also encouraged, and necessary to work in the appellate group. The firm typically hires from Columbia, NYU, UVA, St. John’s, Brooklyn, Penn, and others for the New York office.” • “The firm certainly looks at the usual factors—tier 1 law school, good grades and journal experience. Someone trying to get into the litigation group will generally need to do a clerkship or risk being put in a different group. However, there are certainly a few people we’ve recruited who haven’t come from a top 14 law school. Certain Midwestern schools have tended to be highly represented, such as UMich, UChicago, and Northwestern, although that is likely a function of applications.” • “Personality/cultural fit is one of the most important factors (it’s sort of assumed the candidate will be well-credentialed, smart, etc.). The usual factors for BigLaw hiring are considered and Mayer Brown recruits at top national/ international/regional law schools.” • “Harvard, Chicago, Michigan, and Northwestern seem to be the biggest feeder schools, but a smattering of other Midwestern schools are also represented in recent associate classes (Wisconsin, Indiana, DePaul, Iowa). Educational backgrounds are far more varied among senior lawyers, with Midwestern/Chicago schools more prevalent.” Interview Questions • “The interviews are pretty informal. Usually questions include descriptions of past work experience, areas of interest in the law, etc.” • “The firm wants to get a sense of the candidate’s motivation,
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