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DC Firm Reputations

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:49 am

CLS, just below Stone/well above median, looking to grab a few DC interviews. Any thoughts on any of these firms (particularly in terms of selectivity):

Arnold & Porter LLP (Washington, DC)
Chadbourne & Parke LLP (Washington, DC)
Crowell & Moring LLP (Washington, DC)
Dechert LLP (Washington, DC)
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP (Washington, DC)
Dickstein Shapiro LLP (Washington, DC)
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson (Washington, DC)
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP (Washington, DC)
Goodwin Procter LLP (Washington, DC)
K&L Gates LLP (Washington, DC)
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP (Washington, DC)
Sutherland LLP (Washington, DC)
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP (Washington, DC)
WilmerHale LLP (Washington, DC)

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Re: DC Firm Reputations

Postby Aston2412 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:01 pm

Wilmer has a rep for being fairly selective.

I know at GW they frequently only screen people with LR.

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Re: DC Firm Reputations

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:15 pm

Out of the bunch, the least selective firms are probably Dickstein and Sutherland. Don't get me wrong -- Dickstein is an up-and-comer and a good firm, but they have a very broad reach in their recruitment and have a fairly large class size for DC, so read the tea leaves how you will. Not sure about Sutherland, but they've on occasion interviewed candidates at my school who otherwise probably wouldn't be interviewing for a V100 firm. Again, both good firms, but IMO, the least selective out of your group.

Goodwin has a smallish class size (5 last year, I think 6 or 7 this year) -- not sure about selectivity, but I think they tend to look for candidates who mesh well with firm culture, especially given that the D.C. office used to be Shea & Gardner, a litigation boutique (and powerhouse, if you can call a boutique that).

A&P, Crowell, Fried Frank, GDC, and Wilmer are probably your best bets size-wise -- I think the first three tend to be a little lower on the selectivity range. Paul Hastings also had a decent-sized class, but I think they tend to be a little more selective. Could be wrong though -- this is just from anecdotal evidence.

Didn't even realize Chadbourne had a DC office. The more you know, eh?

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Re: DC Firm Reputations

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:19 pm

Arnold & Porter, Gibson and Wilmer are all very selective. These three are much more selective than the others listed.

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Re: DC Firm Reputations

Postby goodolgil » Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:04 pm

Maybe try Hunton & Williams also--not that selective.

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Re: DC Firm Reputations

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:52 pm

goodolgil wrote:Maybe try Hunton & Williams also--not that selective.


Not a CLS student but a UVA 2L. Based on my experience and that of others, Hunton was not an easy nut to crack. Just anecdotal evidence but thought I'd chime in for your benefit.

edit: I'm talking comfortably above median grades, think top 25%

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Re: DC Firm Reputations

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:12 pm

Be sure to bid on NYC (and/or your home market as well). I know a few people with your grades last year that were shut out of DC. If you're into maximizing your chances, I'd drop GDC, Wilmer, and maybe A&P unless you have something special going for you. May want to add in Steptoe, as they have a pretty good DC practice and are within your grade range. Also consider adding Jones Day DC; I remember seeing that last year's EIP stone/non-stone list (which was the results for c/o 2011) gave an offer to a non-stone/kent person.

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Re: DC Firm Reputations

Postby DCNTUA » Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:53 am

Necro'ing this thread to ask if anyone knows about or can share their experiences with Willkie DC.

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Re: DC Firm Reputations

Postby shock259 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:01 am

RIP Dewey

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Re: DC Firm Reputations

Postby First Offense » Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:02 am

shock259 wrote:RIP Dewey

Oh it's not resting peacefully. Love following the trial.




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