Davis Polk or Debevoise?

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Davis Polk or Debevoise?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:15 am

I'm having a really hard time making this decision. I think I'm more interested in litigation, but I'm not positive and I know I want to try out corporate work next summer. I LOVED the people I met at Debevoise and I feel like I would really fit in well with their culture. But then again it's very hard to turn down Davis Polk. Any thoughts?

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Re: Davis Polk or Debevoise?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:29 am

We all have, including myself, fallen victim to the micro-distinctions made among the top NYC firms on TLS. While Debevoise is not one of the "iconic" law firms in NYC (e.g. WLRK, Cravath, Skadden, S&C, DPW, Simpson, and Cleary), it is in that second bunching of NYC law firms that are still super prestigious (e.g. Weil, Kirkland, Latham, GDC, Quinn, BSF, and PW - with Quinn, BSF, and PW obviously being litigation powerhouses). At the end of the day, your work at any of these firms is going to be high-quality and you are going to have great exit options because of the name on your resume. Go where you feel the most comfortable. Choose Debevoise.

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Re: Davis Polk or Debevoise?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:59 pm

If you loved the people at Debevoise, choose Debevoise. I chose Debevoise because it seemed like the firm where I would be happier for a longer period of time (judging from interviews, friends and the AmLaw midlevel associate survey).

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Re: Davis Polk or Debevoise?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:02 pm

Chose Debevoise over a V5 and was quite happy. Friends at their V5s were also happy. Go with fit unless you have specific areas or concerns.

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Re: Davis Polk or Debevoise?

Postby thesealocust » Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:03 pm

Great advise being posted in this thread. Nothing trumps click, you're going to spend an ass-load of time with these people. If your gut says deb, you aren't going to kick yourself down the road for not choosing the "more prestigious" firm.




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