itbdvorm wrote:Julio_El_Chavo wrote:Somewhat unrelated to recruiting: do you think it's harder to become partner as a litigation associate? I've heard corporate associates have an easier time making partner for various reasons.
I think it depends on the firm. But I suspect that, in general, it may be harder, in that corporate associates naturally get the opportunity to develop the expertise / experience people look for from corporate partners (negotiation, drafting, etc.) more often than litigators do (stand-up courtroom experience). I could be wrong.
Keep in mind also that at most firms, the litigation department is significantly more highly leveraged than the corporate department. Leverage in corporate departments of big NY firms is typically between 2:1 and 3:1, whereas litigation departments are around 4:1 to 5:1, and can be as high as 6:1 (Paul Weiss).
This is very debatable, but many would argue that corporate departments have better/more exit options and thus have higher voluntary attrition.