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Fall Recruiting Open Threads: Vault 21 – 30 (2011)

We’re rolling through the Vault 2011 list of the “prestigiest” firms in the land, so that you can comment on what it’s like to actually live, work, and breathe those firms (when you’re not choking on all the prestige in the air).

We’ve covered #1-10 and #11-20. Here’s the next round-up. Now it’s time for the London-based Magic Circle firms to join in the elite fun:

21. Arnold & Porter
22. Shearman & Sterling
23. Boies, Schiller & Flexner
24. O’Melveny & Myers
25. Ropes & Gray
26. Morrison & Foerster
27. Munger, Tolles & Olson
28. Hogan Lovells
29. Clifford Chance
30. Linklaters

What do associates have to say about the ups and downs of life at these firms? Here are some excerpts from their Vault listings…

Vault does not pull its punches. Arnold & Porter is described as “past its prime“; Shearman as having “lost its glory“; and OMM as being “nose-to-the-grindstone.”

People seem happy about MoFo, except about the firm’s new website (which made us ask What the Mofo?).

When associates have serious complaints at firms, they tend to be about partners. At Boston-based Ropes & Gray, associates say the upside is smart, friendly colleagues, but that those colleagues aren’t always people-persons: “Downside: Last minute requests, insecure partners that cause associates to pull their hair out, and lately job insecurity.”

Linklaters associates warn of “passive-aggressive British partners.”

Clifford Chance has a better British batch, apparently. The buzz there is of a “nice bunch from across the pond.”

Hogan Lovells may have fallen from #25 to #28 on the U.S. prestige list, but the firm appears to be on the move on the world stage, given its recent big merger. We’re big fans of Ho-Love, in part because firm chairman Warren Gorrell actually got on the phone with us to talk about the firm’s appearance in Sex and The City 2 (and has also sat down with us to discuss more serious topics).

The small and elite firm of Munger Tolles has no buzz. We don’t tend to hear much about this firm either. What’s it like to be among the Mungers?

Meanwhile, at Boies, it’s all about the Benjamins: “Gotta love those bonuses.”

What’s your take on this bunch of firms?

Earlier: Fall Recruiting Open Threads: Vault 1 – 10 (2011)
The 2011 Vault Rankings Are Out!
Fall Recruiting Open Threads: Vault 11 – 20 (2011)

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