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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:57 pm

Random - but anyone know of Skadden Boston offers? Had a CB going on two weeks now...and nothing?

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:00 pm

Choate or Foley Hoag? Conflicted. Please help! Looking for good work/life balance, no difficulty meeting hour requirements, stability, and all the usual stuff people consider. Very open in terms of practice area.

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:01 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Random - but anyone know of Skadden Boston offers? Had a CB going on two weeks now...and nothing?


Offer last week. CB about two weeks ago.

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:06 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:anyone else with wilmer cbs have info on cb --> offer/rejection turnaround time?


No idea, but I informed them about an upcoming offer deadline a while ago, that deadline has since passed, and have heard no news either way. Same deal with Ropes. Just grateful I have had more success in another market...

Wow this is ridiculous. Has anyone gotten rejected from either Ropes or Wilmer? Trying to figure out if I'm on some kind of waitlist.

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:32 pm

What do you guys think about Choate? Is it worth going if I want to practice in Boston compared to other law firms?

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:52 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:anyone else with wilmer cbs have info on cb --> offer/rejection turnaround time?


No idea, but I informed them about an upcoming offer deadline a while ago, that deadline has since passed, and have heard no news either way. Same deal with Ropes. Just grateful I have had more success in another market...

Wow this is ridiculous. Has anyone gotten rejected from either Ropes or Wilmer? Trying to figure out if I'm on some kind of waitlist.

I got rejected from Wilmer a little over a week ago.

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Re: Boston Law Firms

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Anonymous User wrote:anyone else with wilmer cbs have info on cb --> offer/rejection turnaround time?


No idea, but I informed them about an upcoming offer deadline a while ago, that deadline has since passed, and have heard no news either way. Same deal with Ropes. Just grateful I have had more success in another market...

Wow this is ridiculous. Has anyone gotten rejected from either Ropes or Wilmer? Trying to figure out if I'm on some kind of waitlist.

I got rejected from Wilmer a little over a week ago.


When was your CB? I've been sitting here in radio silence for over two weeks. Was it by snail mail or email? Also, anyone heard from Bingham?

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:03 pm

Nixon?

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Re: Boston Law Firms

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Anonymous User wrote:What do you guys think about Choate? Is it worth going if I want to practice in Boston compared to other law firms?


I had a callback at Choate but got dinged recently. If I had gotten an offer, I would have very strongly considered going there over the V30 firms in New York that I instead will likely end up at due to cost of living differences and my desire to be in Boston long-term. Choate is a smaller firm and doesn't have much of a national reputation, but is very well-known locally and is very competitive in its practice areas.

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Re: Boston Law Firms

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Anonymous User wrote:What do you guys think about Choate? Is it worth going if I want to practice in Boston compared to other law firms?


I had a callback at Choate but got dinged recently. If I had gotten an offer, I would have very strongly considered going there over the V30 firms in New York that I instead will likely end up at due to cost of living differences and my desire to be in Boston long-term. Choate is a smaller firm and doesn't have much of a national reputation, but is very well-known locally and is very competitive in its practice areas.


Also had a callback at Choate and got dinged. Really loved the place, and all the people I met with seemed great. Not sure what they're looking for (I've got multiple V10 offers in other markets), but if you're lucky enough to get an offer, consider it pretty seriously.

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Re: Boston Law Firms

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Anonymous User wrote:When was your CB? I've been sitting here in radio silence for over two weeks. Was it by snail mail or email?

Came by snail mail within 2 weeks of my callback.

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:56 am

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When was your CB? I've been sitting here in radio silence for over two weeks. Was it by snail mail or email? Also, anyone heard from Bingham?

Same boat here for Wilmer. I did get an offer from Bingham about 2 weeks after CB.

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby ryanmot » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:14 am

Anonymous User wrote:What do you guys think about Choate? Is it worth going if I want to practice in Boston compared to other law firms?


If you have offers from either Ropes, Goodwin, Wilmer, Bingham, or Goulston, then I would go there over Choate. Their practice is very niche and the exit options aren't amazing. In addition, they don't handle layoffs etc. very well in a bad economy, from what I've heard. I think you could take them over Edwards Wildman or Foley Hoag though and be confident it was a good decision.

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:05 am

Isnt goulston even smaller and more niche?

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:12 pm

anyone hear from K&L Gates? my callback was a week and a half ago

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:08 pm

What are your thoughts on Foley Hoag?

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby ryanmot » Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:33 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Isnt goulston even smaller and more niche?


No, about the same, maybe even a little more variety with a little less prestige. But at Goulston, you actually have a shot at partner.

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:04 pm

E-mail rejection from Ropes 3 1/2 weeks after the callback. Nice to finally have an answer. I just wish they could have done it a lot sooner.

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby ryanmot » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:22 pm

Anonymous User wrote:What are your thoughts on Foley Hoag?


Depends on the area of law your interested in. Really hit or miss.

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:25 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:What are your thoughts on Foley Hoag?


Depends on the area of law your interested in. Really hit or miss.


Outside of VC, what are some of their "hit" practice areas?

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby ryanmot » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:16 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:What are your thoughts on Foley Hoag?


Depends on the area of law your interested in. Really hit or miss.


Outside of VC, what are some of their "hit" practice areas?


Environmental (both reg and lit); IP; and L&E.

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:26 am

Is this comment related to specific practice area? e.g., IP or Corporate? or just in general?

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Anonymous User wrote:What do you guys think about Choate? Is it worth going if I want to practice in Boston compared to other law firms?


If you have offers from either Ropes, Goodwin, Wilmer, Bingham, or Goulston, then I would go there over Choate. Their practice is very niche and the exit options aren't amazing. In addition, they don't handle layoffs etc. very well in a bad economy, from what I've heard. I think you could take them over Edwards Wildman or Foley Hoag though and be confident it was a good decision.

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby ryanmot » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:33 am

Anonymous User wrote:Is this comment related to specific practice area? e.g., IP or Corporate? or just in general?

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Anonymous User wrote:What do you guys think about Choate? Is it worth going if I want to practice in Boston compared to other law firms?


If you have offers from either Ropes, Goodwin, Wilmer, Bingham, or Goulston, then I would go there over Choate. Their practice is very niche and the exit options aren't amazing. In addition, they don't handle layoffs etc. very well in a bad economy, from what I've heard. I think you could take them over Edwards Wildman or Foley Hoag though and be confident it was a good decision.


Just in general, if you have no clue what you want to do. If you have a specific interest, then everything changes based on what that is.

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:35 am

How about IP? Also, how is Proskauer in Boston?

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Anonymous User wrote:Is this comment related to specific practice area? e.g., IP or Corporate? or just in general?

ryanmot wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:What do you guys think about Choate? Is it worth going if I want to practice in Boston compared to other law firms?


If you have offers from either Ropes, Goodwin, Wilmer, Bingham, or Goulston, then I would go there over Choate. Their practice is very niche and the exit options aren't amazing. In addition, they don't handle layoffs etc. very well in a bad economy, from what I've heard. I think you could take them over Edwards Wildman or Foley Hoag though and be confident it was a good decision.


Just in general, if you have no clue what you want to do. If you have a specific interest, then everything changes based on what that is.

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Re: Boston Law Firms

Postby ryanmot » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:50 am

Anonymous User wrote:How about IP? Also, how is Proskauer in Boston?


If you want IP, I would go Fish & Richardson, Proskauer, Foley Hoag, WilmerHale or Goodwin (not in any particular order other than Fish & Richardson being first).

Proskauer is very good in Boston. Not extremely diverse in practice areas, but what you'll be doing there is basically chambers tier 1 or tier 2 in any group you're in. They have over one hundred in Boston and it's the firm's second largest office. I know people who work there and I can say that the culture is great.
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