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

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demanding lifestyle and high expectations for associates.” • “I’m on the fence about compensation. On the one hand, we can make above market bonuses if we bill tremendous numbers of hours--not all firms give that extra boost. On the other, making the market bonus requires 2100 hours, which is significantly above market. On the whole, I don’t think it’s a great tradeoff as it further incentivizes overcommitting yourself.” • “Compensation is adequate (we match the market), but the firm clearly could do more. Our billable requirement is more onerous than other firms, particularly given the recent “mandatory marketing” requirement, which has crept up from being a required pitch (without the time credited towards bonus) to being a 20-hour commitment, … with the partnership determining in their discretion what is adequate. Other firms do similarly interesting work without so many hoops.” • “Market compensation. You have to bill 2100 to get the market bonus though (other firms of this caliber only require 2000 hours). In addition, in order to receive the bonus, you have to complete a marketing requirement, which is at least 20 hours of non-billable work in writing an article, pitching a client or case, or something of the sort.” Quality of Work • “Quinn has some of the sexiest cases in the industry. Those high profile cases mean interesting, important work for every associate on a case. In my first few months I’ve handled deposition prep, managed production, done lots of legal research, written memoranda, written sections of dispositive motions, and sat in on trial as part of the firm’s Additional Associate in Trial training program.” • “The work is challenging and mostly exciting. Easily the most rewarding part of this job is the sort of work each attorney gets to do.” • “I’m a first year and I do both some first year work and work that’s generally assigned to mid-level associates elsewhere. I’ve second-chaired multiple depos (including on of a plaintiff in a nine-figure case), drafted motions, and I’ve also done the usual research, memos, doc review, etc.” • “I’ve had a tremendous amount of substantive legal work. I’ve drafted major portions of a complaint and a dispositive motion in my short time working here. At our firm, if you want responsibility and substantive work, you can have it.” Training & Mentoring • “There is very little formal training other than a trial advocacy program (once as a mid-level, and once as a senior associate) and a deposition training course. Individual partners may attempt to mentor and train associates, but this is relatively uncommon—the partners are simply too busy to spend time on that stuff.” • “Besides the occasional CLE, the firm has little to no formal training structure. But, you are thrown in the deep end in cases and get good training through exposure on the job.” • “Quinn is a decentralized organization. New associates have a number of training lunches over their first few months and that firm. But most of the training comes on the job. Because
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