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Particular feeder schools seem to be Michigan, Northwestern, and Harvard.” • “I believe the firm is looking for hard workers who are genuinely pleasant people. Candidates should be able to understand the client-service and business aspect to law. Responsiveness, attention to detail, results are valued.” • “Weil does value culture and I really enjoyed my summer class and the junior associates I work with. I think Weil looks for sociable, hard-working students and cares less about grades than some peer firms. Michigan is a somewhat of a feeder school due to firm chair Barry Wolf. I think personality is important to Weil.” Interview Questions • “The firm asks about prior experience, asks you to explain things you have done in school or professionally, classes you have enjoyed, etc.” • “The questions always vary as they are at the discretion of the individual interviewer. I think most interviewers want to learn something about the candidate, assess their ability to interact and express themselves appropriately, and just get a ‘feel’ for the person.” • “Very general once you get past a screener interview. They would rather talk about your favorite book or sports team to see if there is a real, not-mean, human being there once you get past the resume. Of course the resume is a pre- requisite.” • “Just be prepared to tell a cohesive story as to why you’re interested in a particular location/practice area. Just as important is to be able to convey that you’re a person that others would want to work with.” Lateral & Clerk Integration • “Laterals go through all the same training that a first year on up goes through so that there is a common base of knowledge to work from. • “There is no formal lateral integration program in the Washington, DC, office, but I think that is likely due to the size of the office. People have been very friendly and welcoming since I arrived. My understanding is that there is a more formal lateral integration program in the New York office, which given the size of the office, might be more
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151 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES LLP necessary there. At any rate, I don’t feel that I have missed out.” • “I integrated organically—there didn’t seem to be formal integration efforts.” OUR SURVEY SAYS Vault’s Verdict: Weil associates are a pretty happy bunch— they work on high-profile matters with friendly colleagues and get paid top dollar (including bonuses) with no minimum billables. Their complaints are those of BigLaw generally—long and unpredictable hours and the difficulty to make partner. Some junior associates feel they’re taking on too much administrative work, but others find their work to be appropriate to their level.
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