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that I wouldn’t feel comfortable asking someone I worked directly for about my career development.” • “In the first year, the firm provides formal training for litigation and corporate associates with weekly firm-wide training sessions that are hosted in one office and webcast in the other offices. The firm is also starting ‘mentorship circles’ for mid-level to senior associates that are led by a partner. Most mentorship is informal, although first and second years have a ‘professional development’ partner as a resource.” • “Most of the training at Gibson Dunn consists of on-the-job training. However, the firm does offer a budget for more formal training and does have year-round formal training, particularly for junior associates. The mentoring—both formal and informal—at the firm is very extensive and productive.” • “The firm tries to make efforts to promote informal mentoring, but it doesn’t seem like something the partners are personally interested in.” Career Outlook • “Promotion to partnership is possible but it takes an immense amount of effort and investment from the associate and a lot of vetting from the firm. I think it’s unrealistic (and undesired) by most associates. There are non-partner tracks available for some senior associates who wish to stay. Exit opportunities (in-house) seem to be strong.” • “Partnership is obviously very, very difficult. We do make senior associates of counsel should they not make partner. Exit opportunities are great across the board for litigation and corporate. We have many people go into government (DOJ, AUSAs, ADAs, etc. are all common), in house, smaller boutique firms, smaller markets, etc.” • “A small percentage of people make partner. Many who don’t make partner still stay on for many years (it’s not really an ‘up or out’ system). Most associates exit to GC or AGC positions in-house or other opportunities, like government positions.”
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© 2017 Vault.com Inc. 146 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER LLP • “Promotion to partnership is not realistic for homegrown hires, unless you’re a SCOTUS clerk. (Both DC associates promoted to partner last year were SCOTUS clerks.) But many associates leave for in-house or government.” Pro Bono Commitment • “The firm offers 1:1 billable credit for pro bono hours and encourages associates and partners of all years to get involved. Associates frequently receive emails with pro bono opportunities. I recently represented a client in a removal hearing before an immigration court and got to direct examine our expert witness.” • “I have been working on pro bono matters since my first week at the firm, and am now on several pro bono matters in addition to my billable work. The firm is beyond supportive of pro bono and actively encourages it—my office even has a pro bono awards ceremony where we celebrate the individuals who met a certain threshold of pro bono hours for the year. And all pro bono hours count toward the billable
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