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Mid level and senior associates to provide mentoring

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mid-level and senior associates to provide mentoring and training to junior associates.” • “The firm offers formal partner and associate mentorship to incoming associates. Informal mentorship is encouraged across all levels and supported with funds by the firm.” • “The firm has lots of formal training and the programming is good. My only complaint is that given my specific practice area, much of the training is not always relevant. The formal mentoring program at the firm is also strong and I have found great informal mentors that are always willing to help.” Career Outlook • “As a senior associate, I’m being considered for partnership within the next few years. The firm does not have a strict ‘up and out’ policy at a given class year level, which allows for flexibility depending on the economic market and the work streams within practice groups. The firm consistently also promotes diverse partners, and has promoted partners who are at the time working on reduced hours every year for the past several years.” • “The partnership process is still a bit murky, but it seems possible if you have strong relationships with current partners and a focused practice.” • “Promotion to partner appears to be a realistic goal for associates that stick around long enough. There appear to be no shortage of exit opportunities as well, with most associates leaving to go in-house.” • “Promotion to partner is not necessarily realistic—MoFo is a big law firm. But MoFo actively helps its associates go in-house if that’s what the associate chooses to do.” Pro Bono Commitment • “The firm encourages each attorney to commit to 25 hours of pro bono work a year, and honors attorneys who have done so with a small ceremony each year. The firm also regularly circulates pro bono opportunities for both litigation and transactional attorneys, to encourage everyone to meet the 25-hour goal.” • “In 2016 I billed close to 250 hours of pro bono work, and was commended for my commitment. Without the pro bono hours, I would not have met my billable hour requirement. The firm is very committed to pro bono involvement in the community, and is one of the few firms that will get involved with more controversial topics such as reproductive rights.” • “The firm has a very strong commitment to pro bono. It has differentiated itself from a lot of other firms in making pro bono really an expectation. The firm’s pro bono work is on the cutting edge of women’s rights and LGBT causes.” • “The firm encourages pro bono work and I have been involved in a number of clinics, research projects and even an asylum trial. I get the opportunity to practice in other areas of law that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to practice as a transactional attorney.” Diversity Efforts • “The firm has a very inclusive culture, particularly compared with other BigLaw firms. Women are promoted to partner, even after taking advantage of part-time options for portions of their career. The firm is very LGBT-friendly. The firm has
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