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Skadden v. Debevoise (NY)

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:21 am
by Anonymous User
I am deciding between Skadden and Debevoise in NY. I love the people at Debevoise, but I love the breadth of practice areas at Skadden. I am wondering about people's opinions related to exit opportunities, social fit, and any other considerations people think I should consider.

I have to make a decision soon and would appreciate any advice!

Re: Skadden v. Debevoise (NY)

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:35 am
by Anonymous User
They're both great firms, but wildly different cultures, so I'd make this decision based on fit. Everyone I've met at Skadden is very bro-y and candid; most folks at Debevoise are a little less outspoken.

I'd take a second visit or third visit to both firms and make the decision based on which feels like a better fit for you.

Re: Skadden v. Debevoise (NY)

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:42 am
by Anonymous User
Debevoise, easy choice

Re: Skadden v. Debevoise (NY)

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:51 am
by Anonymous User
I'm assuming that you want to do corporate work, and I think the quality of the work (and yes, the breadth of expertise) at Skadden is generally better. But take it from someone who suffered through 3L OCI largely because of I didn't click with people at my summer firm: how much you like the people who work at your firm is really important, because you're going to be spending the vast majority of your time with them. I think Skadden's NY office and their summer class is big enough that you could find people you like there. I don't think Skadden is "bro-y," but Skadden's culture is relatively intense and in-your-face. Debevoise has a more gentle reputation. Personally, I would go to Skadden.