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they’ve been happy to sit down (often for hours) to talk me through things.” • “There are lots of formal CLEs that are helpful, but there’s no real informal ‘training’ other than learning on the job. There may be some mentoring but the partners don’t go out of their way to do it, probably because they’re too busy.” • “The training is great, but mentoring (both formally and informally) could be improved. It can be difficult to seek advice when you know everyone around you is so busy.” Career Outlook • “Yes, partnership is a difficult track but realistic. We have great exit opportunities, whether to the USAO, smaller boutiques, or in-house roles.” • “No better place to take a run at partner on the corporate side. However, the partnership track could be characterized as a war of attrition.” • “I don’t think partnership is necessarily realistic for everyone, but it certainly remains a possibility. I get the sense that the exit opportunities are basically the best available.” • “I think promotion to partnership is realistic for those who want to make partner, and counsel positions are a realistic opportunity for senior associates.” Pro Bono Commitment • “Pro bono projects have the benefit of the entirety of the firm’s resources behind them. They are treated just like any other matter on one’s docket and are highly encouraged.” • “Pro bono is definitely there, but it’s not discussed much, and I’ve never really been encouraged to do any.”
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95 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition WACHTELL, LIPTON, ROSEN & KATZ • “I am currently working on a pro bono criminal defense case. I think the firm is very open to pro bono, but it has to be on top of other responsibilities.” • “There are frequent emails about pro bono opportunities. Associates are not pressured to do pro bono work, but it is available if an associate is interested.” Diversity Efforts • “Diversity in hiring is good. Diversity in promotion, or retention of women and minorities generally, is not as good.” • “The firm really does everything it can to make it possible for women to continue working while raising young children. People are for the most part very understanding of family obligations, though it’s a struggle as it is for all working mothers.” • “The firm, like many firms, is disproportionately white and male. I think that is largely because of our reputation, but I think the firm tries hard to recruit a more diverse class of associates.” • “WLRK is a meritocracy. Yes, our 2017 partner class was, as Above The Law put it, ‘completely diverse,’ but if you ask anyone here they will tell you each and every one of our new partners earns and deserves the honor.”
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