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Current Employee - Business Development in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Business Development in Houston, TX

I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Many opportunities for growth. Overall, good group of attorneys and all of the luxuries of a global law firm. Nice offices, Friday morning breakfast, and great benefits.

Cons

There is a visible divide between staff and attorneys. The secretaries seem to always be unhappy. The hours can be long and the pressure for excellence is intense. Competitive legal market.

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  1. Pretty good for a big law firm

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are very smart people working there.
    You will be well-trained (although companies in Bay Area may not recognize difference between quality of training here and traditional Bay Area law firms).
    Seems like a pretty good place for big law firm.

    Cons

    A lot of the attorneys who can't get traction (not always their fault) just hang around and collect a pay check - meaning other folks who have traction get slammed and have to work harder (i.e. uneven delegation of work).
    Have heard that people pulled a few all nighters - even saw partners do it.

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  2. great place to start legal career

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    top notch experience, good project breadth, opportunity for international placements, lifelong friendships and collegial relationships.

    Cons

    firm is cheap about little things (i.e. parking), inconsistency in terms of experience and mentoring, can be cliqueish if you don't fit the right persona

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work harder at alumni relationships

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