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Where to start

How to choose a law firm

Researching every firm to find the right fit for you would be madness. So here's how to start a shortlist.

What are recruiters looking for?

You're facing a panel. What are they analysing? What signals are they looking for? What gets you there in the first place?

On-campus interviews

We interview the interviewers to help guide you through the OCIs.

Pick your practice area

Make sense of your options with reviews of 26 practice areas.

Most read firms this week

1  Kirkland & Ellis
2  Cooley
3  Latham & Watkins 
4  Skadden 
5  O'Melveny
6  Gibson Dunn
7  King & Spalding
8  Hogan Lovells 
9  Sidley Austin
10  Jones Day  

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