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The upheaval is ending: Chambers Associate shows class sizes stabilising for a third year

 

How much do junior lawyers earn? What are their hours requirements?

 

Compare firms’ benefits packages

Firms surveyed on vacation, parenthood allowances and the 'gay gross up'

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    Kevin M. Donovan, Senior Assistant Dean for Career Services

    University of Virginia School of Law

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  •  "5 Minutes With..."

 

Chambers Associate interviews legal stars to find out how they did it:

 

Gerald Shargel - Mafia Lawyer

 

Ira Lee Sorkin - Bernard Madoff's lawyer

 

Jerold Oshinsky - Chambers USA 'Lifetime Achievement Award' winner

 

John Rizzo - former chief CIA lawyer

 

Laura Wasser - Hollywood divorce star

 

Nancy Lieberman - top Wall Street attorney; Skadden's youngest-ever partner 

 

Roberta Kaplan - LGBT equality legend

 

Roberta Liebenberg - diversity champion

 

Thomas P. Sullivan - legendary former US Attorney and death penalty reformer

 

The Inside View

The student’s guide to the best law firms

 

Chambers Associate gives law students unparalleled insight into the leading law firms in the US

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NEW: where to start your practice?

We assess the pros and cons of starting your career in each of the legal hubs in the US

 

Boston & New England

California

Chicago & The Midwest

New York & DC

The Pacific Northwest

The South East

Texas & The South

 

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Choose the right practice area 

 

Getting this right is crucial to your success and happiness as a lawyer. These expert guides give a frank account of lawyer life in 21 key areas.

 

Check out White & Case's expert viewpoints on M&A and banking

 

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Get ready for BigLaw 

 

How to navigate the OCIs with confidence

 

Why and how to get on a clerkship ...or even a coveted SCOTUS clerkship

 

Meet the firms at job fairs. We select the best to attend

 

Pro bono: what's so good about it?

 

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The alternatives to BigLaw 

 

Joining the growing small-firms market

 

Becoming a government lawyer

 

Becoming an in-house lawyer in a company

 

Public interest law

The New 2014/15 Guide

 

OUT NOW! 

 

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Ask your law school career service for a free copy, delivered mid-June

 

 

The leading firms this year

The biggest...

 

… starting class in 2014: Skadden (149 juniors)

 

… cohort of associates: Latham (968)

 

… by international offices: Baker & McKenzie

 

… and US offices: DLA Piper

 

The best...

 

… starter salary in 2014-15: Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, at $167,850

 

… for pro bono: Jenner & Block, where attorneys average 175 hours

 

… for international opportunities early on: Linklaters

 

… reason for joining a firm: “Because it’s the best.” – Cravath Associate

 

The most diverse...

 

Crowell & Moring has the best record in BigLaw for hiring and keeping women, with 56.2% female associates

 

WilmerHale comes top for promoting women, with 26% female partners

 

Fish & Richardson comes top for ethnic diversity among associates, at 39%

 

White & Case is best at promoting ethnic minorities, which account for 23% of its partnership

 

Jenner & Block leads the pack for hiring LGBT associates, at 11.2%

 

Find out more about the legal community's progress and challenges in diversity

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Email the Editor: Antony Cooke  

or the Deputy Editor: Phil Roe