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Mayer Brown LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.
Mayer Brown considers law school and undergraduate performance, activities/honors, journal participation and writing ability, work experience, as well as assessment of personal characteristics consistent with the firm's approach to the practice of law. The firm is active in recruiting through campus placements and through job fairs. The number of schools the firm visited in 2011 was 14 and it attended three job fairs in 2011.
Mayer Brown has developed and implemented a pro bono strategic plan. The firm has a full-time director of pro bono activities and a full-time assistant director in the United States, as well as a pro bono partner in its London office. The firm encourages its associates to devote 3% of their billable hours to pro bono work or on average 60 hours per attorney annually. In 2010, 96% of associates in the Chicago office averaged 83 pro bono hours each.
In 2010, Mayer Brown formed a Microfinance Group to pursue engagements in the microfinance, access to finance, and social finance space.
In 2011, the firm launched an Asylum/Immigration Practice Group to help develop expertise and economies of scale in this area.
In 2011, Mayer Brown was honored by the Thomson Reuters Foundation for its work with Transparency International on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption Global Review Project.
The Financial Times recognized three Mayer Brown pro bono projects as among the most innovative in the U.S. These projects were for the Yale Law School Supreme Court Clinic, leading global microfinance lender BRAC, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing.
The firm provides pro bono legal services in a multitude of areas including, microfinance, microinsurance, affordable housing, not-for-profit incorporation, transactional and intellectual property assistance to not-for-profit organizations and microentrepreneurs besides several others.