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GETTING HIRED Vault’s Verdict: Nixon Peabody looks for applicants who would fit in with its modest, yet hardworking crowd. Grades,
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527 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition NIXON PEABODY LLP of course, are part of the package, and work experience or regional ties can also be a plus. Hiring Process • “Nixon Peabody has played around with its recruiting efforts in the last few years. We have moved away from interviewing on campus and in recent years have tried hosting receptions with law students as the initial screening process. We have also implemented externship programs with law schools to work with law students during the school year.” • “With only four slots in our summer class, Nixon Peabody’s selection process is among the most competitive. There are no feeder schools, and hiring decisions are largely based on an applicant’s fit into the firm’s culture.” • “The good part about Nixon is that I think they are looking for hard working attorneys that are committed. If you show these qualities, your chances are good.” • “The firm seems almost entirely uninterested in grades and/ or law school prestige, instead preferring to hire pursuant to personality and its own brand of diversity (mostly gender- and LGBT-based). Michigan and Fordham have a very strong presence in the NYC office, but NYU and even Harvard are decently represented as well.” Interview Questions • “We want to assess fit for culture and long-term goal of staying at NP; no revolving door. The candidate should have a specific interest in NP.” • “The firm seems to ask questions related to non-law school experiences. I was asked primarily about my time as a small business owner and about my musical and writing pursuits. This seems to be in keeping with the firm’s interest in personality over academic accomplishment.” • “We look to see their experience but also see if they would be a cultural fit.” • “We want to know what kind of experience you have with: partnership tax, running checklists, leading a deal team, financial projections/analysis, difficult partners and/or demanding expectations, and more.” Lateral Integration • “I was pleasantly surprised with Nixon’s efforts to lateral integration. I was offered extensive training, given formal introductions to many support staff, and every effort was made to make my transition as smooth and efficient as possible.” • “Lateral integration is comprehensive, likely due to the high percentage of associates the firm hires as laterals.” • “They provided training, but because the partners in my practice group are so spread out, I do not get a lot of exposure—and therefore a lot of work—from partners in my group outside of my office.” OUR SURVEY SAYS Vault’s Verdict: Nixon Peabody associates enjoy their reasonable hours expectations and early opportunities in a supportive, collegial environment. They’re also pleased that partnership or other senior roles seem achievable for those
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