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Someone who can do the work but also someone who can

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someone who can do the work, but also someone who can interact with clients, associates, and partners and be part of a team.” • “I think the firm recruits at a relatively small group of elite law schools. Good grades, journal experience, etc., certainly help, and the firm is very committed to attracting former clerks. The DC office is the most competitive.” • “Journal experience is valued, as are clerkships. The firm loves clerks, and the partners will totally help you secure one if you ask. The firm’s personality type is ‘kind,’ but beyond that I really can’t see any unifying factor. My class ranges from really outgoing people to shy bookworms, but we all get along and are really supportive of one another.” • “Prestige in terms of law school seems like a highly-weighed factor.” Interview Questions • “What is your five-year plan? What have you enjoyed/learned the most from your clerkship?” • “Questions about your resume, why Chicago, why Jenner, etc. If a candidate did not mention pro bono work in an interview, that person would be an anomaly. You shouldn’t be shy to talk about pro bono with Jenner.” • “I am an international attorney, so prior practice was consid- ered in my interviews, class program in my LLM, practice area interests.” • “I was generally asked questions about my prior work and school experiences, specifically those involving my approach to problems and challenges.” Lateral Integration • “I was plugged in with important partners at the firm right away.” OUR SURVEY SAYS Vault’s Verdict: Jenner & Block’s associates are pleased with its inclusive culture, commitment to pro bono, focus on mentoring, and recent increase in transparency, especially as it relates to bonuses. The hours can be long, but at least they are spent with pleasant colleagues. Satisfaction • “Jenner provides a wide range of experiences for more junior attorneys, and these opportunities make the firm a wonderful place to learn and work.” • “I love working at Jenner—the quality of work is excellent, the people I work with are sharp and hard-working, and Jenner is respectful of my time.” • “I enjoy the work and the people I work with. As I get more senior, the level of responsibility for matters makes the work more interesting and challenging.” • “The firm provides a wealth of pro bono opportunities, which, in addition to being fulfilling, also provide junior associates with a good deal of supervised, ‘hands on’ experience, which
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© 2017 Vault.com Inc. 458 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition JENNER & BLOCK LLP is necessary for adequate growth. The firm has adequate benchmarks and milestones in place and a reasonable hours requirement. The only criticism would be that there can be some late nights when the firm is busy, but the partners I have worked with are conscious of family time and adequately manage my workload to avoid those nights as often as possible.” Firm Culture
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