POLL: NYC litigation - without Cravath or Simpson

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NYC litigation - best experience for new associate

Cleary
0
No votes
Davis Polk
3
16%
Kirkland
4
21%
Paul Weiss
7
37%
Quinn
2
11%
Skadden
2
11%
Weil
1
5%
 
Total votes: 19

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POLL: NYC litigation - without Cravath or Simpson

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:36 pm

Looking for the BEST experience for a new associate in the first 2-3 years.

Thanks for offering your expertise!

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Re: POLL: NYC litigation - without Cravath or Simpson

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:38 pm

The experiences are going to be roughly similar across most of those firms, but I guess if you had to force me to choose: It'd be a toss up btw cleary, paul weiss, K&E, and dpw.

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Re: POLL: NYC litigation - without Cravath or Simpson

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:44 pm

Cleary, Kirkland, and Weil aren't ranked Band 1 for litigation...does that make a difference, even if just for exit options?

Although I guess this is beyond the original poll, which is for associate experience.

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Re: POLL: NYC litigation - without Cravath or Simpson

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:47 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Cleary, Kirkland, and Weil aren't ranked Band 1 for litigation...does that make a difference, even if just for exit options?


Exit options out of litigation are pretty poor from the get-go, so I wouldn't let that influence your decision. But aside from that, do you think your experience as a litigator will be any different as between working at a Band 1 firm rather than a Band 2? All these NYC lit practices do roughly the same work. If your focus is on experience, you're better off at a firm that staffs cases leanly, provides solid training and early responsibility, and has a diversified set of cases that will expose you to different aspects of a litigation. Quinn, K&E, Paul Weiss, and Skadden are most likely to do that for you, though the last two are a little doubtful since I'm not sure how leanly they staff their cases (given their size).

If you're gunning for prestige, though, then you're right.




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