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Some people compare Biglaw to high school, but there wasn’t a lot of statistical evidence that proved popularity in high school. Thankfully, the Career Center can provide some hard data on the most popular firms in Biglaw.

In the month and a half since its launch, the Firm Snapshots on the Career Center have been viewed almost 100,000 times. We are constantly updating these snapshots with new information (some good news, some bad news), and in the last week we have updated the profiles for each of the following firms:
Gibson Dunn
Skadden
Venable
Cravath
Pillsbury
Bryan Cave
Shearman
Thanks to all of you who have sent in tips. Feel free to send additional updates to careercenter@abovethelaw.com.
We also encourage you to share information about your firm by signing up and taking our four-question survey.
So now, on to the good stuff — which firms have been most popular recently? We’ve complied the list of the 20 most visited firm snapshots in the month of June.
Check it out, after the jump.

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FakeAd.jpgAs ATL’s resident expert on the New York Times weddings section, we hear all the time from bewildered couples who didn’t make it into the paper. And they’re hurting.
No matter how raucous the reception or how passionate the wedding night, when the mother of the bride rips open the Sunday Styles section and realizes that her bridge club isn’t reading about her little princess — well, the ensuing bitterness and second-guessing can cast a pall over the whole weekend (and, in some cases, the whole marriage).
These are real families, experiencing real heartbreak. And now, a fake law firm offers to help. Via the Village Voice, we received a video advertisement for a firm that offers to “sue the New York Times so hard for you” — and collect cash, an apology, and maybe even a court order placing your announcement in the paper.
The Voice’s Runnin’ Scared blog predicts, “Since the ice has been broken, expect a class action suit any day.”
The amusing video, after the jump.

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As Dave Chapelle once impishly remarked: “this racism is killing me inside.”
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I get the joke. It’s like how saying “hillbilly” is a lot easier than saying “Kenny Hilbig.”


We want you here as long as it makes sense. — Fictional Firm Chairman
What does that mean? — Fictional Junior Partner
It means you’re here until you’re not. — Fictional Firm Chairman

Those are lines from a bit of YouTube fantasy porn for BigLaw attorneys frustrated by the way their firms are treating them during the economic downturn. The video ends with the junior partner telling the chairman that he feels unappreciated and that he’s leaving.
If you can’t play with the BigLaw boys, then move along.
A legal marketer in New Jersey was hired by an unnamed mid-size firm to create a video to help with the firm’s lateral recruitment. It features a young BigLaw real estate partner, named Steve, meeting with his firm’s chairman to seek guidance. The chairman, who calls the partner Gary throughout the meeting, is not especially sympathetic to the younger lawyer’s recession-induced crisis:

JUNIOR PARTNER, STEVE: I’ve worked so hard to build something here. You wiped the floor with me for eight years as an associate. I am a partner now. I have a book of business, and yet I feel… lost.
BIGLAW CHAIRMAN: Do you have any idea how much billable time we wasted during this conversation? How long were you outside my office lurking like a wolverine of sorts?

According to the marketer Micah Buchdahl, the firm wasn’t a fan and declined to use the video. Check it out after the jump.

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Career Center AboveTheLaw Lateral Link ATL.jpgOur new Career Center, brought to you by ATL and Lateral Link, continues to gain momentum. Traffic to the center has been growing steadily since its launch last month.
Recently we shared with you the top ten most-viewed profiles. We update that list after the jump. As you’ll see, there hasn’t been much movement in the top 10 since last week. Quinn Emanuel retains the top spot — perhaps not surprisingly, in light of recent events. Check out how Google searches for “Quinn Emanuel” have spiked in the past week.
Today we’d like to highlight a different feature of the Career Center: Firm Comparisons. Accessing it requires registration, but registering is free and easy. You can then compare law firms on various metrics, including compensation, the associate experience, billable hours, vacation policy, and partnership prospects.
Let’s use partnership prospects as an example. Here is how the top nine firms, ranked by how often their profiles are viewed, stack up:

Quinn:
# 57% It is an achievable goal if you work for it
# 42% It is a longshot no matter how hard you work
Skadden:
# 64% It is a longshot no matter how hard you work
# 21% It is an achievable goal if you work for it
# 14% There is virtually no chance, don’t even try
O’Melveny:
# 50% It is an achievable goal if you work for it
# 50% It is a longshot no matter how hard you work
Cravath:
# 66% There is virtually no chance, don’t even try
# 33% It is an achievable goal if you work for it
Kirkland & Ellis
# 40% It is a longshot no matter how hard you work
# 40% It is an achievable goal if you work for it
# 18% There is virtually no chance, don’t even try
Jones Day
# 66% It is an achievable goal if you work for it
# 33% It is a longshot no matter how hard you work
Sullivan & Cromwell:
# 88% It is a longshot no matter how hard you work
# 11% There is virtually no chance, don’t even try
Cleary Gottlieb:
# 50% It is an achievable goal if you work for it
# 33% There is virtually no chance, don’t even try
# 16% It is a longshot no matter how hard you work
Akin Gump:
# 45% It is a longshot no matter how hard you work
# 45% It is an achievable goal if you work for it
# 09% There is virtually no chance, don’t even try

There wasn’t enough data for the missing member of the top ten — our former firm, Wachtell Lipton. But with a one-to-one partner to associate ratio, WLRK partnership prospects are pretty decent (by Biglaw standards).
An updated list of the most popular firm profiles, after the jump.

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Which firms offer the best chance of making partner?

Career Center AboveTheLaw Lateral Link ATL.jpgA few weeks ago, we launched a new Career Center, brought to you by ATL and Lateral Link. Since then, the law firm profiles in the Center have been viewed tens of thousands of times.
We thought it would be interesting to share with you the top ten most-viewed profiles. Here they are (click on the firm name to see the profile):

1. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges

2. O’Melveny & Myers

3. Cravath, Swaine & Moore

4. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

5. Sullivan & Cromwell

6. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

7. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

8. Jones Day

9. Kirkland & Ellis

10. Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton

Looking for a firm not listed above — perhaps the firm you work for, or aspire to work for? Just visit the Career Center homepage, then use the dropdown menu to find the profile you’re looking for. Happy surfing!
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When you go to the main website for Texas law firm Korn, Bowdich & Diaz, it looks rather bland. But once you click through the welcome screen, things get interesting, such as this Star Wars-esque flash intro. Click to watch the “KB&D Wars” or here’s a still shot:

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According to their home page, the self-proclaimed “alliance of rebel attorneys” warring against “Corporate Arroganz” are inspired by the Bible, a 14th Century samurai, and a forgotten boxing great:

Korn, Bowdich & Diaz* provides clients allegiance, learning, skill and industry. The Firm’s mission draws on many philosophies.

“Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.” – Proverbs 20:18

“By no means does the outcome of battle depend upon numbers, but upon the united hearts of those who fight it.” – Kusunoki Masashige

“I’ll moider da bum.” – Domenick Anthony “Two Ton” Tony Galento

Appropriately, the lawyers have cartoon sketches of themselves on their bio page. May the force be with them.

Allison Margolin, whom we have written about before, is an HLS grad who practices law in Los Angeles. According to her website, she “handles all criminal cases from murder to medical marijuana.” But the latter would appear to be her passion, judging from how she wishes to be reached:

  • You can call her at 1-888-DOPE-LAW.
  • You can check out her website at www.LAsDopestAttorney.com. If you visit it, you will be greeted by the banner, “Have No Fear. LA’s Dopest Attorney is Here.”
  • You can e-mail her at ask@lasdopestattorney.com.
    When we were in L.A. in March, we spotted her ad in L.A. City Beat (a newspaper that has since folded). A tipster did us the favor of scanning it and sending it our way:
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    Her branding skills are dope, yo.
    We don’t know if Margolin was on law review during her days at Harvard Law School, but we do know she recently penned a legal editorial for stoners. Check out her argument against the prosecution of medipot growers in CelebStoner.
    U.S. Must Stop Prosecuting Medipot Growers [Celebstoner]
    Earlier: Allison Margolin: ‘Lawyer Hot’

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