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If you want into the big-firm legal realm, this is the best spot for it

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Former Employee - Paralegal I in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Paralegal I in Washington, DC

I worked at Latham & Watkins

Pros

Latham is a law firm that is really coming on as a powerhouse in the country. In terms of law firms, this is one of the best in the country for a resume. It is certainly becoming the premiere law firm in the nation and is significantly more relaxed, in terms of hours and work-life balance, than every other law firm I have worked for/with. I would recommend that Latham be on the list for anyone trying to get into corporate law, but just know that it's still corporate law and that so many attorneys and paralegals leave after only a few years because they feel disenchanted with the type of work that's being done. That's not a knock on Latham, but simply the reality of the large firm legal field.

Cons

Latham's paralegal world is based upon the idea that you will work, get burned out, and leave. It doesn't matter to them because there are 400 people right behind you that would take your job in a heartbeat. It's a little bit of a cut-throat system, but it is certainly not the guiltiest in the field. Other large firms that I have worked for had significantly higher goals for billable hours, but also had higher salaries. If you want a resume builder that will give you project management experience without the completely ridiculous hours, then Latham is a good place for you.

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    Latham: A Mixed Bag

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins

    Pros

    The name carries tremendous weight and clout when attys/staff leave for other firms or opportunities.

    Cons

    Horrid hours, frequently uneven workflow, typical big-firm style politics and personae. The trouble with top tier firms such as LW presents a bit of catch-22. Culturally-speaking, while attorneys and staff are often told (especially during recruitment or interviews) that the Firm prides itself on maintaining a "culture of collaboration" and a free and open exchange of ideas between all organizational levels within the Firm, this seems seldom, if ever, the case. We, like so many other big firms, recruit only the best of the best from the best of the best schools (or so we're encouraged to believe). With such bright an intellectually potent legal minds one frequently encounters individuals who make rather poor communicators and collaborators and often bring with them cultural/social traits which are rather difficult to reconcile with the Firm's insistance that its corporate culture is one of equity and openness. There is, much more than people are comfortable admitting, a very real and palpable "upstairs/downstairs" quality to attorney/staff interactions at Latham which regrettably seems inescapable.

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    Don't deify attorneys. Treat all strata of staff as the competent, intelligent professionals they are. Be completely honest about expected job performancnce/outcome as well as required competencies/performance minimums. Most importantly, be honest with staff concerning salaries, pay rises, promotions, etc. Don't pigeonhole or limit otherwise talented staff who express an interest in exploring career opportunities in other departments or practice areas with the Firm/local office.

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    Great firm

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Latham & Watkins

    Pros

    Latham has earned their great reputation among the law firms: smart, nice people who are very respectful and enjoyable to work with, good benefits, amazing and useful resources within the firm, overall positive work environment, each office is unique and has different culture, one of the most respected law firms in the world.

    Cons

    Latham has a 24/7 work environment. There is not as much opportunity for administrative level employees to move up. Salaries are often not as competitive as the other major law firms especially for administrative level staff. Sometimes the procedures and policies put in place can be useful but also work against you when trying to move projects forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support your administrative professionals who work hard and exceed expectations of the partners. Offer flexibility in working schedule as the 24/7 environment can really take a toll on individuals.

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