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Veteran friendly biglaw firms?

Post by Anonymous User » Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:45 pm

Are there any veteran friendly biglaw firms that people know of? Or any general advice for veterans who want to get into biglaw?

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Re: Veteran friendly biglaw firms?

Post by The Lsat Airbender » Fri May 01, 2020 12:04 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Are there any veteran friendly biglaw firms that people know of?


Most big law firms like having veterans, partly because the background signals you'll adapt well to the hierarchy and partly because it just looks good on a resume.
Or any general advice for veterans who want to get into biglaw?
Same as everyone else: go to a T13 or, failing that, a strong regional, and get good grades.

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Re: Veteran friendly biglaw firms?

Post by Libya » Fri May 01, 2020 12:55 pm

I've heard that Covington DC and Williams and Connolly are particularly veteran-friendly. Of course, you need excellent credentials to get an offer at either regardless of veteran status.

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Re: Veteran friendly biglaw firms?

Post by joeshmo39 » Fri May 01, 2020 2:06 pm

I suspect most firms are veteran-friendly and have at least a veterans employee group. I'd start out by emailing veterans at firms you're interested in, preferably from your branch.

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Re: Veteran friendly biglaw firms?

Post by ghostoftraynor » Fri May 01, 2020 10:06 pm

Yea, my firm is vet friendly, suspect most places are too. It's not going to give you a huge boost, but like pretty much anywhere else, people respect vets and definitely gives you a ton of brownie points with vet partners. Don't think this should factor into your general strategy.

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Re: Veteran friendly biglaw firms?

Post by Anonymous User » Fri May 01, 2020 11:13 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Are there any veteran friendly biglaw firms that people know of? Or any general advice for veterans who want to get into biglaw?
Covington has a good number of post-9/11 vets and quite a few drilling reservists. They seem to put an emphasis on it whereas a lot of other firms will just see it as a general good and may or may not be as cool with the weekend warrior gig. But it’s also going to vary from office to office even within a firm.

It’s a strength in interviews anywhere, but be ready for the awkward partner or associate who hasn’t ever really talked to a vet before and asks you if it was just like Blackhawk Down.

As for strategy, as joeshmo said- reach out to vets at your target firms- they’ll be generally willing to chat with you. Figure out how to translate your military skills to the legal world for your interviews and talking to other vets in the field will help you develop that narrative.

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