Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP - Hiring Criteria

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https://www.skadden.com/ 
Main Office:
4 Times Square | New York City | NY | 10036
Phone: 212-735-3000  | Fax: 212-735-2000 
Email: bruce.goldner@skadden.com 

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

Hiring Criteria

Like other top law firms, Skadden places importance on grades, but a lot remains after that. While school pedigree and grades are the beginning of trying to put your foot into Skadden, they can only ensure a call back. Personality, social interaction skills, mindset, and alignment of interests with firm requirements spell the difference between getting hired at Skadden or not. The Skadden hiring motto seems to be asking "everyone's got high grades and they are all smart and hard-working, what makes you different?" From insider experiences, Skadden goes for people who are team workers and have charisma, even if they are not toppers at their school.

Pro bono

Skadden is a charter signatory to the American Bar Association Pro Bono Challenge with pledges to commit attorney time equivalent to minimum three percent of the firm's billable hours in pro bono matters. Skadden also operates two externships, one with the Lawyers Alliance for New York and the other with the Legal Aid Society's Community Law Office. The externships operate on a rotating basis.

Skadden has always been committed to Pro bono work. Even from the founding days of the law firm, founding partners like Les Arps and Joe Floms had been associated with public service. From the 80s, Skadden has a senior lawyer devote a big part of his time only on coordinating the pro bono efforts of the firm. Skadden offices in New York and Washington D.C. provide small non-profits and low-income individuals with attorneys on a rotating basis. In addition to pro bono work Skadden also supports charitable endeavors and remains active on civic and community boards and institutions.

The Skadden Fellowship Foundation provides at least 25 two-year fellowships each year to talented young attorneys for full time pursuance of public interest law. The Financial Times ranked Skadden in the top tier of the Responsible Business Category in its 2010 "U.S. Innovative Lawyers" report.