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Dechert?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:06 am

Anyone know anything about Dechert? Is it really competitive? Is the SA work interesting?

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Re: Dechert?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:43 am

which Dechert office?

If you're talking about Philadelphia, from what I've heard it's extremely prestigious within the city, good work, but it's a revolving door and won't last more than a couple of years from being overworked and burned out

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Re: Dechert?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:22 am

Anonymous User wrote:which Dechert office?

If you're talking about Philadelphia, from what I've heard it's extremely prestigious within the city, good work, but it's a revolving door and won't last more than a couple of years from being overworked and burned out


This seems to be the reputation in general. Seems to have a great firm reputation and probably gets great work, but doesn't seem like the best place in the world to work. They lateral all the senior associates/partners and force all the early associates out very quickly.

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Re: Dechert?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:02 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:which Dechert office?

If you're talking about Philadelphia, from what I've heard it's extremely prestigious within the city, good work, but it's a revolving door and won't last more than a couple of years from being overworked and burned out


This seems to be the reputation in general. Seems to have a great firm reputation and probably gets great work, but doesn't seem like the best place in the world to work. They lateral all the senior associates/partners and force all the early associates out very quickly.


Is this true for NYC as well?

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Re: Dechert?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 14, 2012 5:04 pm

From what I can tell your experience seems to be very practice group specific not necessarily office specific. Their White Collar and Financial Services/Investment management groups are very good. They really tried to push that the groups had a lot of cohesion between offices.

I also had an awful interview with their hiring partner. Guy was rude.

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Re: Dechert?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:19 pm

I was really interested in Dechert after speaking to two alum at an event at my school (it wasn't related to OCI or jobs or anything, I just happened to be seated with them at a table and asked them about their firm). I thought they were really nice and surprisingly seemed to like the firm and their work a lot. They both said that partners were accommodating, a large majority of partners and older associates have families, their hours weren't easy but were more predictable than their friends in other firms, and they would hesitate before going to a different firm because chances are things would be a lot worse. I also have a friend who summered there and loved it. I had read a lot of negative things about Dechert that were written a few years ago but they changed leadership so maybe things have been changed within. Of course, I'm basing all my information on a small sample size of three people but they all had surprisingly positive things to say which really struck a chord with me.

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Re: Dechert?

Postby Perseus_I » Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:28 pm

If my goal is to work in-house anyway (I haven't decided this yet...just wondering), is a high washout rate really a cause for concern?

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Re: Dechert?

Postby 20130312 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:43 pm

Disclaimer: I'm a 0L living in the Philly area (have lived here my whole life)

From speaking with current students / lawyers in the area, Dechert has a reputation for being an absolute sweatshop. Besides that, it's one of the (if not the single) most prestigious firms to work for in Philly.

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Re: Dechert?

Postby r6_philly » Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:25 pm

Perseus_I wrote:If my goal is to work in-house anyway (I haven't decided this yet...just wondering), is a high washout rate really a cause for concern?


Depends on what type of work you get to do while you are there. I don't know enough about the firm actually, but the reputation is prevalent.




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