Wilkie (NY) vs. Milbank (NY) vs. Sidley (NY) vs. Shearman(NY

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Willkie v. MIlbank v. Sidley v. Shearman

WIllkie
17
23%
Milbank
14
19%
SIdley
21
28%
Shearman
23
31%
 
Total votes: 75

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Re: Wilkie (NY) vs. Milbank (NY) vs. Sidley (NY) vs. Shearman(NY

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:54 pm

I'm facing a similar decision (replace Willkie with Cleary) and my advisor suggested I go with Shearman for what it's worth.

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Re: Wilkie (NY) vs. Milbank (NY) vs. Sidley (NY) vs. Shearman(NY

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:23 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I'm facing a similar decision (replace Willkie with Cleary) and my advisor suggested I go with Shearman for what it's worth.


Choosing Shearman over Cleary? I don't understand. What was the rationale? I truly don't understand why someone would take Shearman over Cleary unless there was a particular foreign market/office you were looking at. (e.g. Tokyo)

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Re: Wilkie (NY) vs. Milbank (NY) vs. Sidley (NY) vs. Shearman(NY

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:40 pm

Shearman has been shedding major clients for decades now. For example, Meryll Lynch was a huge client, but when BoA bought ML, Shearman lost an institutional client. I've also heard that there are a fair number of screamers in the NY office from juniors who work there.

That's not to say it's a bad firm; obviously it's still a great firm, but it's reputation has for awhile been the firm whose best days are behind them.

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Re: Wilkie (NY) vs. Milbank (NY) vs. Sidley (NY) vs. Shearman(NY

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:55 pm

In response to your query as to why I'm leaning Shearman over Cleary, it's much easier to do the work you want to do at Shearman. I have many 3L friends who warned me about not getting work in the practice areas they wanted (and I want a very specific area...). I know a lot of associates at Shearman and can honestly say not one of them is unhappy (by NYC biglaw standards of course). Not the case at Cleary, even if it is ranked higher.

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Re: Wilkie (NY) vs. Milbank (NY) vs. Sidley (NY) vs. Shearman(NY

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:18 pm

I have a family member who is a partner at a firm in the V10 and he says Shearman is severely under appreciated by law students and Willkie overrated. Obviously can't go into details at the risk of outing myself.

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Re: Wilkie (NY) vs. Milbank (NY) vs. Sidley (NY) vs. Shearman(NY

Postby smaug_ » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:13 am

Anonymous User wrote:I have a family member who is a partner at a firm in the V10 and he says Shearman is severely under appreciated by law students and Willkie overrated. Obviously can't go into details at the risk of outing myself.


You can explain the reasoning without outing yourself at all. This seems really odd to me.

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Re: Wilkie (NY) vs. Milbank (NY) vs. Sidley (NY) vs. Shearman(NY

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:35 am

Anonymous User wrote:Shearman has been shedding major clients for decades now. For example, Meryll Lynch was a huge client, but when BoA bought ML, Shearman lost an institutional client. I've also heard that there are a fair number of screamers in the NY office from juniors who work there.

That's not to say it's a bad firm; obviously it's still a great firm, but it's reputation has for awhile been the firm whose best days are behind them.


Who had Bear Sterns and Lehman Brothers as institutional clients?

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Re: Wilkie (NY) vs. Milbank (NY) vs. Sidley (NY) vs. Shearman(NY

Postby hephaestus » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:41 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Shearman has been shedding major clients for decades now. For example, Meryll Lynch was a huge client, but when BoA bought ML, Shearman lost an institutional client. I've also heard that there are a fair number of screamers in the NY office from juniors who work there.

That's not to say it's a bad firm; obviously it's still a great firm, but it's reputation has for awhile been the firm whose best days are behind them.


Who had Bear Sterns and Lehman Brothers as institutional clients?

STB had Lehman.

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Re: Wilkie (NY) vs. Milbank (NY) vs. Sidley (NY) vs. Shearman(NY

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:25 pm

Anonymous User wrote:In response to your query as to why I'm leaning Shearman over Cleary, it's much easier to do the work you want to do at Shearman. I have many 3L friends who warned me about not getting work in the practice areas they wanted (and I want a very specific area...). I know a lot of associates at Shearman and can honestly say not one of them is unhappy (by NYC biglaw standards of course). Not the case at Cleary, even if it is ranked higher.


The fuck are you talking about? Cleary basically gives you whatever assignment you want- the only thing that's hard to get on is sovereign work.

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Re: Wilkie (NY) vs. Milbank (NY) vs. Sidley (NY) vs. Shearman(NY

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:29 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:In response to your query as to why I'm leaning Shearman over Cleary, it's much easier to do the work you want to do at Shearman. I have many 3L friends who warned me about not getting work in the practice areas they wanted (and I want a very specific area...). I know a lot of associates at Shearman and can honestly say not one of them is unhappy (by NYC biglaw standards of course). Not the case at Cleary, even if it is ranked higher.


The fuck are you talking about? Cleary basically gives you whatever assignment you want- the only thing that's hard to get on is sovereign work.


Well, I said I wanted a specific area...




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