Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition.pdf

Awards were given to firms that racked up victories

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awards were given to firms that “racked up victories in litigation and closed the big deals to make their mark among clients and throughout the legal industry.” Deus [L]ex Machina According to statistics from Lex Machina, a provider of law firm data analytics, Skadden resolved more federal securities cases as defense counsel in 2016 than any other law firm. December 2016 The Rainbow Connection The Human Rights Campaign Foundation again named Skad- den one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” For the eighth time in nine years, the firm received a perfect score of 100 percent on HRC’s “Corporate Equality Index,” which evaluates businesses on the basis of their LGBT-related policies and practices. GETTING HIRED Vault’s Verdict: Skadden is known to recruit the best students, and not just those at the best schools—they’ll take the top performers for schools outside of the usual suspects. Interviews are fairly casual and focus on the candidate’s personality. Hiring Process • “It’s a mix of grades, prior experience and personality. We choose from a range of schools, and the firm prides itself on its representation from many different schools. Everyone is obviously at the top of their class at their respective schools, but grades alone will not get you the job.” • “Skadden makes a point of taking the best students from all schools. Diversity is important. Being kind, outgoing, and polished is also important.” • “They are willing to interview anywhere, if the grades are right, which is good; but the traditional feeder schools (Harvard, Michigan, Stanford, Yale, Columbia, Fordham) still dominate.” • “I was hired as a lateral hire. The recruitment focused very much on the nature of my prior experience and ability to assume responsibility on files. The firm does not appear to have a defined preference for certain feeder schools and will broadly consider candidates; however, the typical marks, prior work experience, fit and demonstrated ability remain a driving factor.” Interview Questions • “I usually look at a candidate’s resume and try to see how a candidate can talk about themselves and past experiences. Are they intellectually curious? Can they discuss something in a way that makes me understand it and be interested in it? I also always ask about the interests, because that is where a candidate’s personality can really come through.” • “Interviews are casual. If you have the resume to get an interview, the interview is all about ‘fit.’ The firm essentially tries to find out if the attorneys you meet can stand to be in the same room as you for 30 minutes.” • “This is completely interviewer-dependent. Some interviewers will give you the standard interview questions, while another I know will ask you what Harry Potter house you belong to. It really depends on the person and the day.” • “What brought you to law school? Are you particularly interested in any practice groups? What would you say is your work style? What interests you in working in DC?”
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