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Just five or six partners firm wide last year though

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just five or six partners firm-wide last year (though most of them were women, which was encouraging). The firm has fairly good exit opportunities, including promising in-house counsel positions or positions in the government (at least before the hiring freeze took place). …Paul Hastings does not have ‘counsel’ or ‘of counsel’ positions (except for lateral hires who already held those titles previously), and very senior associates who do not make partner eventually are forced out. This happened to one of my colleagues earlier this year, and it was heartbreaking.” • “The firm is good at communicating early enough to associates whether they have a shot at making partner. The firm also supports associates who are looking to exit from BigLaw.” • “Making partner is very difficult—more than at comparable firms, it seems—and the partnership track is very long. Associates are well-positioned to lateral or go in-house (especially since the firm has a good and deserved reputation for training associates well), but most associates don’t expect to make partner.” Pro Bono Commitment • “The firm has a strong commitment to pro bono work which is demonstrated by encouraging 100% pro bono participation. This year I worked on a project for reporters without borders and also assisted low income inventors through the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.”
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© 2017 Inc. 240 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition PAUL HASTINGS LLP • “Paul Hastings has a goal in place that every attorney complete at least 25 hours of pro bono work every year (20 hours in some prior years). The firm is very committed to meeting this goal, and every attorney (at least in the DC office) has done so for the last several years. To meet this goal, I previously worked on an asylum case and a debarment case, and most recently volunteered for an election protection program on primary days during last year’s election.” • “Our firm is very committed to pro bono, specifically immigration and asylum matters. I’ve recently worked on several matters helping asylum seekers currently in the United States file for relief or navigate their way through an immigration hearing process. Additionally, my department frequently assists non-profit organizations in writing and implementing employee handbook policies.” • “I asked partner to work on Syrian asylum case and they were very encouraging (other firms may have hesitated given charged political atmosphere).” Diversity Efforts • “There is an emphasis on diversity in hiring, and the firm has several internal organizations for women, LGBT, and minorities. There is significant emphasis on creating a welcoming environment for all and promoting diversity.” • “The firm seems very receptive to hiring/promoting women, minorities, and LGBT individuals, but the firm appears to have had more success with hiring/promoting women than with hiring/promoting minorities. The partners are very white as a group. Men significantly outnumber women at the
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