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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.
Cravath says that it's interviewing and hiring process is designed to help both the candidate and the firm to make the right choices. For the firm the hiring process is a two-way street, with the candidate getting as many opportunities as possible to evaluate the firm. It is of vital importance to the firm that they select only those candidates who have the capacity to excel in the challenging environment and also who genuinely believe that Cravath is the right place for them.
The firm mainly hires associates from the top 10 law schools, but they are not averse to hiring associates whose academic performance is less strong, but who come through the firm's rigorous interviewing process, thereby demonstrating that they possess the qualities that Cravat requires.
When candidates are called back for second round of interviews they are made to engage in free-flowing conversations with partners and associates. They get to learn from various lawyers and get to learn about Cravath in full detail. Offers for summer and full-time employment are made quickly after the call-back interview.
Once the candidates is chosen, he is on par with the others, without regards to academic record, school attended or any other factors that may have been taken into account in hiring. Each associate is given the opportunity to excel and prove himself. All associates, irrespective of their difference, share one unifying characteristic: a strong commitment to excellence.
From the Firm's inception, challenging pro bono work has been a cornerstone of the firm's practice. In 1803, Judge Elijah Miller, the founder of the Firm's Auburn, New York office, defended the first Native American tried for the murder of a white man in the State of New York. Despite heavy public disapproval, Judge Miller provided the defendant with free legal representation.
Cravath is committed to improving the legal system by providing counseling to those who need it but cannot afford it. Associates are encouraged to participate in pro bono work and do so either under a partner's supervision, or in issues that they themselves have found. Pro bono activities are available to lawyers in all the firm's practice areas.
The firm has some significant pro bono success stories to its credit. It won a new penalty trial for a woman on death row in Alabama in 2004. The firm recent won a landmark settlement on behalf of homeless families with children. Thanks to Cravath's and Legal Aid Society's attorney's persistent representation the New York City finally acknowledged, after 25 years of litigation, that homeless families have a state constitutional right to shelter, and has agreed to an enforceable judgment that sets the legal parameters for emergency shelter for homeless people.
In one case, Cravat got a visa for the Colombian mother of a teenager with kidney failure, who was thought to be a likely donor. In another, the firm won asylum for a girl from French Guiana who had been the victim of female genital mutilation. The girl had been treated at the hospital for post-traumatic stress.