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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver Hedges Manulife Tower 865 S Figueroa St Above the Law blog.jpgWe’re pressing on with our series of open threads on Vault 100 law firms. We know that some of you are eager to discuss firms ranked in the 70′s, and we don’t want to disappoint you.
And a quick word from one of our sponsors, ATL’s Career Partner, Lateral Link:

“Lateral Link provides free access to the Vault firm information/career guides. Readers can get free access to the full information on our site as part of our career center.”

Without further ado, here are the five firms for this afternoon (in Vault 100 order, prestige scores in parentheses):

41. King & Spalding LLP (6.183)
42. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (6.099)
43. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP (6.080)
44. Baker & McKenzie (6.079)
45. Baker Botts LLP (6.061)

Please discuss them in the comments. Thanks.
The Vault Top 100 Law Firms [Vault]
Earlier: Vault 1-5; Vault 6-10; Vault 11-15; Vault 16-20; Vault 21-25; Vault 26-30; Vault 31-35; Vault 36-40

[Ed. note: This is basically a repost of a prior posting. But the deadline has been extended until 5 p.m. today, so if you missed out last week, here's your chance.]
As some of you already know, Above the Law offers a daily newsletter, via email. We encourage you to subscribe.
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As a special thanks, if you subscribe today (before 5 p.m. Eastern time), you’ll receive a promotional code that’s good for a free month of Sunday Silver. In case you’re not familiar with it, Sunday provides you with the services of a personal assistant — which we think the overworked Biglaw lawyers among you will appreciate.
More details about the service, including the fine print for this offer, after the jump.

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As some of you already know, Above the Law offers a daily newsletter, via email. We encourage you to subscribe.
You can sign up by entering your email address in the “Daily Newsletter” box, which appears in the grey box on the lefthand column of ATL, and clicking “Subscribe.” In case you’re wondering, we won’t sell your email address to a third party, spam you, etc.; it’s just the newsletter.
As a special thanks, if you subscribe in the next 24 hours, you’ll receive a promotional code that’s good for a free month of Sunday Silver. In case you’re not familiar with it, Sunday provides you with the services of a personal assistant — which we think the overworked Biglaw lawyers among you will appreciate.
More details about the service, including the fine print for this offer, after the jump.

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As we’ve mentioned before, each week we’ll be highlighting an exciting job opportunity available through Lateral Link, ATL’s career partner.
Yes, we posted a Job of the Week on Tuesday. But that was actually supposed to have been the Job of the Week for last week, when we forgot to post one. So here’s the offering for this week:

Employer: American Capital

Position: Assistant GC Deal Origination (M&A) (years 2000-2002)

Position Description: Mid-level/senior transactional position to work with the Company’s Vice President and Associate General Counsel and business deal teams to originate ACAS buyouts and equity investment transactions. Conduct all phases of the investment process in-house (no outside corporate counsel involvement other than specialists), including completion of term sheets, legal due diligence, retention and supervision of outside specialist counsel, drafting and negotiation of acquisition documentation and closing.

More details, after the jump.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver Hedges clerkship bonus Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgClerkship bonus announcements continue to roll in. Here’s the latest:

Quinn Emanuel’s website confirms that they have finally increased their clerkship bonus to $50,000.

My understanding is that other prestigious California litigation shops, like Keker and Munger, are still stuck at $35,000. You would make my day if you called them to confirm this (and thereby applied a little pressure).

Sorry, tipster. As we previously mentioned, we no longer conduct affirmative outreach to law firms about their clerkship bonuses, after receiving abuse rather than gratitude for past efforts on that front.
(But we might reconsider if, say, enough people made (tax-deductible) charitable donations to support us in the New York marathon this year. We need to raise $1,250 by early next month. Contributions — did we mention they’re tax-deductible? — can be made through our fundraising page.)

As we’ve mentioned before, each week we’ll be highlighting an exciting job opportunity available through Lateral Link, ATL’s career partner.
Here’s the latest offering:

Employer: Vertis Communications

Position: Corporate Counsel

Position Description: Headquartered in Baltimore, MD, Vertis Communications provides marketing services from conception through design, production, and distribution for more than 2,000 clients, including grocery stores, retail chains, newspapers, and ad agencies.

The company is seeking a broad-based corporate transactional attorney with experience reviewing, negotiating, drafting and editing non-standard customer contracts, vendor agreements, bank finance transactions, lending agreements, finance documents, and nondisclosure agreements.

More details, after the jump.

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These days it seems every other post on ATL is about summer associates. But if you haven’t tired of the topic — and maybe you haven’t, since many of you are summers yourselves — then check out a recent webcast we did, for ABC News, on the summer associate phenomenon:
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Summer Associate: Best Legal Gig? [ABC News: Law & Justice Unit]

above the law logo small.JPGAbove the Law continues to attract attention from the mainstream media. Here’s an excerpt from the latest (delightful) piece, by Amanda Bronstad, for the National Law Journal:

In the past year, at least two other blogs, Skadden Insider and Above the Law, have raised eyebrows for publishing internal information at firms, such as confidential firings and sexual trysts with partners….

Above the Law posts gossip about law firms from the lawyers themselves. In recent posts, the blog reported that a Clifford Chance partner was seen romantically involved with a summer associate at a corporate reception and that Katten Muchin Rosenman “canned” a summer associate earlier this month for inappropriate sexual conduct.

A Clifford Chance spokeswoman declined to comment on “internal personnel matters,” but issued a statement saying, “Clifford Chance has strict policies against inappropriate behavior of any kind within our workplace, applicable to every employee and attorney.”

A Katten Muchin spokesman did not return calls seeking comment.

More discussion, after the jump.

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plantains bananas fried plantains Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpg* Do you believe in life after law? Five Biglaw escapees — a writer, a baker, a stand-up joke-maker — discuss life on the outside. [New York Observer] [FN1]
* Some helpful clerkship application advice. [Infirmation] [FN2]
* Monica Goodling, to the Lido Deck! [What About Clients?]
* Fun fact of the day: Did you know that Peter Lattman likes fried plantains? [WSJ Law Blog]
[FN1] Yes, this is a shameless plug for the easy-to-miss sidebar to our New York Observer piece from last month.
[FN2] We’re not sure we concur with the view that “[a] generic cover letter is a tragically wasted opportunity.” Having seen some laughably bad “creative” cover letters over the years, we usually recommend a “do no harm” approach. If your application is strong, res ipsa loquitur.

law clerk judicial clerkship Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgIn addition to fall recruiting season for law firms, clerkship application season is almost upon us. The “season” officially starts in September, when current law students are allowed to submit their applications for federal judicial clerkships.
But, as reported by the WSJ Law Blog, a fair number of judges are cheating moving faster than the official timetable. In addition, the timing rules don’t apply to law school graduates. So judges are free to interview, for example, recent law school grads now at law firms.
If you’re in the hunt for a judicial clerkship, whether state or federal, here’s a great website that you should be aware of. From a tipster:

The new Clerkship Notification Blog is finally up and running. Please advertise this amazing resource to your readers and encourage them to quickly begin posting there. Some judges have already started interviewing grads…

Please take a look — and contribute to the pool of information, by commenting early and often.
To all clerkship applicants: Good luck!
The Clerkship Notification Blog (2007-08 Season) [official website]
Judges Behaving Badly: The Clerkship Edition [WSJ Law Blog]

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