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Miller & Chevalier Chartered. follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.
Miller & Chevalier recruits most actively from the top 15 to 20 law schools and it "definitely prefers the Ivy League." Because the firm's practice emphasizes litigation, writing skills are highly valued. One person advised that "because Miller is really bi^ on writing, make sure that your resumes and writing samples are letter perfect." On-campus interviews look to "winnow out" unqualified candidates, and thus tend to be substantive. Callbacks, however, are typically "more friendly and informational;" in the words of one insider, they are "far and away a 'glad to meet you' type of interview." Callbacks involve four one-on-one interviews with a variety of partners and associates, then lunch with two more attorneys. Afternoon interviewees are rarely invited to dinner; however, undecided candidates favored by the firm will be "wooed" with a dinner at a local restaurant. Candidates should be prepared to talk about "why they chose to be a lawyer, attended a particular school, and worked at different jobs." Friendliness, diversity, and humor are all important to Miller, but. showing a serious interest in one of the firm's limited practice areas is a candidate's linchpin. Because Miller is not a full-service law firm, an '"I don't know what I want to do when I group' attitude reflects poorly," we were told. Candidates were advised to study the practice group in which they are interested and to be certain that the firm actually offers that practice: "people at Miller become very upset when applicants state that they want to work in areas that the firm does not engage in-this is not a general practice firm," one insider observed.
In the past, any effort to perform pro bono work was "entirely up to the individual attorney at the firm," and such work tended to be oriented towards small cases, such as landlord-tenant disputes, immigration and asylum cases, and child custody battles. Miller now has a pro bono committee and, in April of 1998, the firm hired a part-time pro bono coordinator. "The quality and variety of cases may improve; it's too soon to tell," according to one insider. Pro bono hours are officially billable at Miller, but "in some practice areas they may not be given priority by partners," we were told.