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mentoring are more ad hoc, and tend to happen in smaller matters and pro bono cases.” • “The firm’s mentorship program is very helpful. However, it does not seem that partners spend time really training, explaining or giving feedback unless it’s solicited. Sometimes the feedback is general commentary, but rarely do partners have time to actually sit down with you and the assignment you completed to explain what you did right, wrong, or how you can improve.” • “There is a structured mentorship program that pairs junior associates with a midlevel or senior associate mentor, and the firm encourages frequent meetings between mentors and mentees. A firm budget exists for lunch or coffee with your mentor, and informal training and mentorship has occurred in almost every case I’ve worked on through constant feedback and informal evaluation.” • “I have worked with partners who are not my assigned mentor, yet who go out of their way to advise and advocate for me. I have also worked with partners who consciously take the time to teach new skills and provide constructive feedback throughout various projects.” Career Outlook • “Promotion to partnership is very realistic for those who do well at the firm. Exit opportunities are also very good, with many people leaving for in-house positions and jobs in the federal government.” • “Career opportunities for associates at the firm are readily available—many associates transition in-house or into government work, and promotion to partnership is realistic for those who desire it. The firm is very proud of its alumni, and often invites former associates and partners who now work in industry or government to return to the firm to speak about their transitions and career paths.” • “Promotion to partnership is realistic for those who would like to make partner. A significant portion of the eligible class each year makes partner. There is also a special counsel role to which senior associates can transition. There are many exit opportunities for associates, including other firms (of any size), government (offices of state’s attorneys, US attorneys, attorney general, etc.), other legal organizations (Lambda Legal, Bar Associations, etc.), and in-house.” • “The partners I work with are very open to helping asso- ciates with their careers. They understand that not everyone wants to stay at the firm and make partner, and they urge associates to talk to them when thinking about career moves. They want to see associates thrive in the long run, and take jobs outside the firm that will lead to long and exceptional careers.” Pro Bono Commitment • “The pro bono culture at Jenner, across all offices, is outstanding. Pro bono work is treated as a priority and celebrated by the firm’s management. Although pro bono hours are not counted the same as billable hours, no one hesitates to prioritize pro bono work.” • “I have worked on a number of pro bono projects, including a
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