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Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.
The callback interview at Mintz Levin involves three or four attorneys. Mintz Levin does not typically offer a meal as part of the callback interview process (further, "if a candidate is coming from out of town, the firm will suggest that if the candidate has a friend or relative with whom s/he can stay, the firm will donate the hotel room rate to a charity," according to one insider). Whereas many Boston firms interview exclusively from the top 5%, law review types, "Mintz Levin seems to be more interested in finding intelligent/interesting people to interview (i.e., top 10%/law review/climbed-Mt. Everest-for-fun type people)," one insider observed. A second contact remarked that "the firm hires academically qualified candidates, but it is willing to expand its hiring paradigm beyond that of the other firms in the city. It is much more willing to look at the person as a whole and to ask whether this person has the social skills, creativity, and high energy to fit in at Mintz Levin." "Leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and personality" are sought-after qualities in a candidate, we were told. One contact advised candidates to "research the firm. If you say in an interview that you are very interested in a particular practice area, you really should know what the firm has done recently in that area. If you are not aware of big news items concerning the firm, it becomes obvious you did not research the firm.'' A second person suggested that candidates "stress the unique aspects of their background or experience. The firm likes 'go-getters' and people who are a bit different from the norm.''
Mintz Levin has a full-time pro bono coordinator and a pro bono committee. The firm, at all levels, is "extremely committed to pro bono work; you really get the impression that the firm puts its money where its mouth is on its pro bono policy," we were told. Mintz Levin received the state bar's pro bono award this past year. Pro bono work is not only fully credited, it is applauded. "Young associates can expect senior partners to know of- and congratulate- such simple pro bono victories as getting a restraining order extended," one insider remarked. The firm's pro bono emphasis remains on domestic violence issues, "although it has expanded recently to include other areas (e.g., political asylum cases). Any pro bono work that you want to do is usually approved; the only limit is your creativity," a second contact observed