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

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GETTING HIRED Vault’s Verdict: Sidley is serious about safeguarding its collegial culture, so the firm looks for candidates with a stellar academic background who can also fit into a team-oriented environment. Unsurprisingly, this Chicago institution recruits heavily from Northwestern and University of Chicago, though other offices scoop up graduates of local prestigious law schools. Hiring Process • “Every Sidley attorney is incredibly intelligent, but not ever intelligent attorney works at Sidley. Sidley usually looks for individuals who are motivated, self-starters, and committed to working in a team environment.” • “As an office we devote enormous resources into recruiting/ hiring. There is a large hiring committee that meets regularly to discuss potential candidates. We’re generally looking for someone from a top school with great grades, a positive attitude and a passion for their law/work. Exceptions are often made, however, for candidates from lower ranked schools. Work experience is a plus. And, several practice groups heavily consider the writing samples provided.” • “I get the impression that Sidley cares very much about what law school a candidate attended, but Sidley also puts a big emphasis on personality and diversity.” • “All the usuals: top 25% performance from a T14 school or top 5% from a T50 regional school. Half of the Chicago office seems affiliated with UChicago and Northwestern. Many Harvard folks as well (at least in my group). Seemed to value experiences that demonstrated professionalism/work ethic beyond just stellar academic performance (e.g., legit prior work experience, JD/MBAs, upwardly mobile law school transfers, etc.).” Interview Questions • “Questions are designed to see what your personality is like and that you have well thought out reasons for why you are doing what you are doing.” • “Why do you want to work here? What do you want to do? What value could you bring to the firm?” • “One of the most important questions you should be able to answer is to provide examples of positions of responsibility you’ve had in the past and instances where you’ve faced adversity. The firm is interested in people who are ready on day one to take on client work with confidence and competence.” • “They ask all the usual ones: background, why Sidley, why D.C. etc. There were a few good curveballs: Least favorite federal statute? Least favorite federal agency? Do you like to win? Which movie character are you? How do you respond if I ask you to do a cool project but you’ve already got a full plate? Are you goal oriented or task oriented?” Lateral & Clerk Integration • “I have felt like my previous clerkship experience is re- spected, but I am also given all the training I need to succeed here.” • “From day one, Sidley has made me feel extremely welcome.
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