The answer in the vast majority of cases is no, law firms won't pay law school tuition. There are simply too many highly qualified law students interested in working in a private firm for a law firm to offer such an expensive incentive to work there. The next section lists the questions law students most frequently ask about living and working at Cravath. We don't conduct our callback interviews on a pre-arranged schedule.
This means that a candidate can meet with an interviewer for as long as it allows for a full and open discussion. At the end of each interview, the Legal Recruiting office coordinates the next person you will meet. This process allows us to maintain flexibility and allows students to meet with a variety of partners and associates in different practice areas. If you want to meet lawyers who have worked on particular types of matters or in specific areas of law, simply ask.
Summer associates may express a preferred practice area or, more specifically, a particular partner or group of partners. Although we can't offer any guarantees, we try to respect these preferences. Our London office has corporate lawyers on a rotation of 18 to 24 months from our New York office, as well as lawyers who are based in London and do not rotate. As an associate, rotations made through the Firm's London office are considered regular corporate rotations and occur at different levels of seniority.
Our London office represents clients in a variety of capital markets matters; SEC compliance matters; mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; restructurings; and general corporate matters. Summer associates can request to spend part of their summer in our London office. As we approach the arrival dates of summer associates, we determine the needs of partners and associates in the London office. Typically, partners distribute work among the partners assigned to them or their group based on which of their associates are available and able to handle the work.
Partners view their summer associates as first-year associates and rarely make distinctions between summer associates and first-year associates in the work they assign. As a result, as a summer associate, the partner you were assigned to would assign you transactions or cases. The level of work, as with all of our associates, will depend on your capabilities, as well as what is happening in the matters to which you are assigned. We found that our summer associates can do invaluable work on real issues.
We don't “create projects for summer associates. Cravath training is conducted both formally and informally. Each year, the Firm's Departments conduct formal training programs. The courses are taught by partners, experienced associates and experts brought from outside the Firm.
Some classes cover basic topics that are important to new lawyers, while other classes provide detailed instruction in specific areas of the Firm's practice. Partners and associates, in particular practice groups, also make less formal lunchtime presentations that focus on topics of current business or legal interest. We also run a series of training classes for summer associates. We assign each associate to a partner or small group of partners when they start at the Firm, and associates continue to rotate through multiple partners or groups of partners throughout their term as associates.
For the summer, we assign each summer associate to a partner in the summer associate's preferred practice area. As a result, summer associates and associates spend a significant amount of time working closely with their partner and the other partners in their group. We allow our summer associates to divide their summer, on the condition that they commit to spending the first part of their summer in Cravath. However, we do not allow divisions with other New York law firms (including New York branches).
All requests to spend time at another company must be approved before accepting the offer. Our summer social events ensure that summer associates spend time with partners and associates from all departments of the firm. During the previous summers, our social activities have included a party at the Central Park Zoo, Broadway shows, SpIN ping pong tournament, sailing, a comedy show, Shakespeare in the Park and opportunities to attend various sporting events. We also host a series of informal lunches and dinners designed to allow our summer associates to spend time with the firm's associates and partners in a less structured environment.
Summer associates are assigned to a partner in their group who has primary responsibility for overseeing the summer associate experience and who works closely with him or her. In addition, each summer associate is assigned an “advisor,” who is usually a junior associate at the Firm. In the early 20th century, Paul Cravath created the model for the modern law firm. Cravath hired law students directly after law school or internships based solely on their achievements and talents, and not on their lineage or connections.
The mission of the Cravath system was to rigorously train associates and promote them exclusively from within. From its inception, the Cravath System was designed to produce lawyers with breadth, sophistication and in-depth working knowledge of a wide variety of practice areas. We achieve this through our unique “rotation” system. The hiring, training, compensation and promotion of our lawyers share a common source and serve the same purpose.
Other companies have borrowed parts of the Cravath System, but none have been able to fully implement it. We believe that the best way to develop the legal and business judgment of our young lawyers is to immerse them for extended periods in each of the disciplines within the chosen practice area. When associates start at the Firm, they indicate their preference as to which of our main practice areas (Corporate, Litigation, Tax, Compensation and Executive Benefits or Trusts and Estates) they want to practice. We then assign each associate to a partner or group of partners in that practice area, and the associate rotates every 15 to 18 months to other partners or through the various partner groups.
Associates continue to rotate throughout their tenure with the Firm until they are considered for membership. The rotation system allows our lawyers to develop the skills needed to master new areas of our practice quickly, and provides our associates with a broad but intense training experience that they are not likely to find anywhere else. After a few years, our associates are generally able to handle almost any matter that arises within their chosen practice area. Incoming associates who have completed a qualifying internship will receive one year of credit for both compensation and partnership consideration.
Incoming associates who have completed a two-year internship or two one-year internships will receive two years of credit for compensation purposes and one year of credit for partnership purposes. However, if one of the two years was spent as an employee of a U.S. UU. Supreme Court, an incoming associate will receive two years of credit for all purposes.
We have no minimum billable hour requirements and billable hours are not taken into account when determining salary or bonuses. We have staggered compensation at the associate level. Because all of your work is done through the partners to whom you have been assigned, we have no need to use billable hours as a substitute for the quality of your work or your contribution to the Firm. The partners to whom you are assigned know firsthand the quality and quantity of their work.
We treat pro bono work as a regular Firm job, and it is staffed and handled in the same way. All work, including free work, is supervised by a partner. Although we have ongoing relationships with several pro bono organizations, associates can, and often do, volunteer for specific pro bono projects. Our internship program is one of the largest in any law school and is available both during the academic year and during the summer.
Internships can be paid for, credited, or done voluntarily depending on the type of employer. In addition, many students receive public service scholarships, paid for by law school, for internships with public sector employers during the summer, internships Each summer, approximately 400 students obtain internships with judges, government agencies, public interest organizations, as well as privately, earnings practice, in law firms and companies, general counsel offices and corporations and the financial services industry. Internships are internships that are completed for credit. More than 175 additional internships offered throughout the academic year, internships.
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