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© 2017 Vault.com Inc. 568 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition VENABLE LLP • “Most of the work I am given has a substantive element to it but the work in general relies on knowledge of procedure and strategy related thereto. I prepare substantive legal arguments related to my field, review government actions related to clients, prepare necessary information for clients who wish to pursue IP, and partake in enforcement activities such as the preparation of cease and desist letters.” • “Yes, the vast majority of my work is substantive and appropriate for my level. Often, I get the opportunity to work on assignments meant for senior associates.” • “I am doing substantive litigation work, keeping in mind my status as a third-year. I’m regularly given dispositive motions, second-chair deposition opportunities, etc. I would like to get more opportunities to participate in trials and appear before judges, but I understand those will come.” Training & Mentoring • “The formal training was pretty quick and it focused on some technology tools that I do not use often. I think it could have done a lot more to focus on the document management system. That said, there is a great deal of information available to associates to learn more. Informal mentoring and training has been very helpful. I am really grateful for how much my superiors want to teach.” • “Venable has strong policies in place to provide each asso- ciate with an associate mentor and partner mentor, usually within your practice group. The collegial atmosphere also encourages many associates to seek informal mentoring: associates here feel free to ask older associates and even partners for advice, help, or feedback.” • “As with most laterals, I think it can be hard to find formal mentorship. I prefer the informal, however, as I’ve often found the formal relationships feel forced and unnatural, while finding someone who you look up to and working with that person gives much more insight and benefit.” • “My supervising partner sets up an hour or two every few weeks just to go over my written work. It is very helpful.” Career Outlook • “Promotion to partnership is likely for those who desire to make partner and put in the work to make it happen. Senior associates can be promoted to counsel, which is a non- partner role.” • “Promotion to partner is a very real option, and I’ve seen multiple senior associates go through counsel to partner during my short time here. However, there aren’t really any meaningful post-associate, non-partner roles outside of counsel, which is still on the partner track. Exit opportunities are excellent for associates—I’ve had calls and offers to go in-house from major companies across several industries, including clients. If nothing else, I’ll appreciate my time here for the great opportunities it gave me to go in-house.” • “Promotion to partner is certainly realistic, but Venable
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