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Opportunities For You
How are LLM candidates handled?
In the United States, LLM students are treated like 3Ls. Generally, we do not hire students in foreign LLM programs until we have at least one semester of grades from a U.S. law school.
How are assignments made for junior associates? What type of work can a junior associate expect to receive?
In general, assignments for junior associates are managed at both a practice group and office level. Staffing is done on a case by case and deal by deal basis. There are many cases and deals where a junior associate works directly with a partner. There are also larger matters that may involve more levels of staffing. We strive to provide responsibility and client contact as early as is appropriate.
Are there opportunities to work with attorneys in other offices?
Yes. One of Dechert’s strengths is our practice-based mode of operation. Cross-office staffing is common and allows you to work with colleagues across geographic lines.
Can associates transfer between offices?
Yes. Our offices are organized along practice group lines, and we offer associates geographic flexibility within each practice group. If an associate wants to relocate to another office, usually he or she can do so as long as the associate’s practice group is active in that office.
Are there pro bono opportunities for associates?
Yes. The firm has pledged to devote three percent of its total billable hours each year to pro bono work. We have a firmwide Pro Bono Committee with representation from each office. Some of our larger offices, such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and London, have local pro bono committees. Associates are encouraged to participate in pro bono matters that suit their interests.
What are the billable hour requirements and how does pro bono count towards these?
The annual target for all offices is 1950 billable hours. Associates are also encouraged to devote up to 200 hours of their time to pro bono legal work, which is credited toward annual billable hours. It is understood that a matter or matters may require a commitment in excess of 200 hours. Such a commitment is permitted, and will be credited, with prior approval from the Chair of the Pro Bono Committee in your office in consultation with your practice group head and the supervising partner on your pro bono matter(s).
Dechert Culture and Diversity
How would you describe the firm’s culture?
Our culture is firmly rooted in the democratic tradition. We welcome all views and encourage frequent and extensive communications regarding issues of concern and interest.
Our culture is also one of collaboration and mutual respect. We value the opportunity to work with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, talents and points of view. Recognizing that we also have a responsibility to help build and invest in our local communities, we participate in and frequently lead pro bono activities, local work and learning programs, and charitable services. We work as part of a team to deliver solutions to our clients’ most challenging and complex issues.
What is it like to work in a branch office?
There are no branch offices at Dechert. Rather, we have many U.S. and European offices that are fully integrated into one firm. Philadelphia is our oldest and largest office, but the offices outside Philadelphia are not branches of the Philadelphia office. The Chair of our firm splits his time between Philadelphia and New York. Our Policy Committee, the firm’s primary governing body, consists of partners from many of our domestic and international offices. Additionally, practice group management is spread across the firm.
Is Dechert committed to the recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys?
Yes. Dechert is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring and retaining a diverse body of talented lawyers. We interview at minority job fairs and sponsor diverse student organizations at leading law schools. Our firmwide diversity committee is made up of partners and associates from various offices.
Does the firm have a part-time policy?
Yes. The firm supports lawyers who combine their legal work with responsibilities as providers of care to their children, parents, spouses, or life partners. Part-time associates are eligible for bonuses on a pro-rated basis. Additionally, associates working on a part-time basis are eligible for partnership.
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