Cravath vs. Paul Weiss

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Cravath or Paul Weiss for litigation?

Cravath
18
32%
Paul Weiss
39
68%
 
Total votes: 57

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Cravath vs. Paul Weiss

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:06 pm

Which would you pick for litigation and litigation exit options (particularly to go to the US Attorney's Office)?

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Re: Cravath vs. Paul Weiss

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:33 pm

I'm a junior associate at PW also looking to exit to the U.S. Attorney's office. I was forthcoming about this in my interviews and PW was the only firm that was actually excited for me that I was planning on this. The firm does a great job of supporting associates who want to get experience elsewhere by making sure you have the work experience you will need to be an impressive candidate for such a job. On top of that, there are lots of former AUSA partners and associates in the office who can help you get to where you need to go. Several former AUSA partners have been giving me advice on how I should position myself to apply and have offered to help with recommendations/calls/etc. when the time comes.

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Re: Cravath vs. Paul Weiss

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:43 pm

I'm surprised by the poll results thus far. PW is a great litigation firm but my sense has been that the CSM name is still far more eye-catching. Could be wrong, I guess. I'd go Cravath, personally, since it isn't as if PW is known for being a great lifestyle firm or anything.

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Re: Cravath vs. Paul Weiss

Postby snyphil2 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:52 pm

I personally like the reputation PW has more, but Cravath still has the bigger name in litigation.

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Re: Cravath vs. Paul Weiss

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:03 am

I am also making this decision (well, Cravath vs. Paul Weiss vs. DPW).

It boils down to fit, in my opinion. Both will look great, but for different reasons.

Paul Weiss actually has a substantial white collar practice unlike Cravath, so if you're looking for substantive experience on the criminal side, Paul Weiss wins.

But, as mentioned above, Cravath has the bigger name generally. Moreover, being trained in criminal law is by no means a prerequisite for lateraling to a USAO. On the contrary, USAOs look for dynamic individuals with a background in litigation who are committed to protecting their communities (from many AUSAs I worked with this summer, in addition to the USA himself). Cravath prides itself on being the firm that best trains attorneys, point blank.

I will probably go Cravath - in part for the name, in part for the rotation system, in part for the people. I know "the people" isn't usually associated with Cravath, but I loved everyoen I met there on my callback.

Edit: In response to the above poster, I dispute that Cravath has the bigger name in litigation. Paul Weiss is the go-to for litigation in NYC when you're looking for a specialist given the size and experience of their department. Cravath has excellent litigators, don't get me wrong, but it's by no means a bigger name than Paul Weiss with respect to litigation. Overall, though, Cravath's name takes the cake.

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Re: Cravath vs. Paul Weiss

Postby Renzo » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:20 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Which would you pick for litigation and litigation exit options (particularly to go to the US Attorney's Office)?


Those firms are both extraordinarily good litigation shops, and are of equal reputation. Pick the one you liked best, or flip a coin; you can't lose.




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