Who We Are
Who We Are
Vault Survey Reports:
"I have consistently been given substantive and fulfilling work, with increasing levels of responsibility." - New York Associate
"The firm provides a small firm feel with all of the benefits of a large firm." - Chicago Associate
"People in the office are very pleasant and extremely social. I have gone to quite a few social events outside the firm and have had a great time." - New York Associate
"There are a full range of attorneys here, from those who graduated from local schools to those who graduated from the traditional top 10 schools." - New York Associate
"Our firm is looking for the 'whole package.' We look at GPA and class rank like everyone else, but it also matters that candidates have some social skills. We want candidates with the potential to be well-rounded lawyers." - New York Associate
Chambers Survey Reports:
"Initially all the firms seemed the same to me," admitted one interviewee, reminiscing about a first Kaye Scholer encounter. "They were all Something, Something & Something." What set Kaye Scholer apart for this associate and others - "and this is pretty clichéd," warned one - was the people they met at their interviews. According to sources, the interview process is "more like going out for coffee," and virtually everyone mentioned having "a really pleasant interview experience."
"Associates were hesitant to use the all-too-common phrase - 'lifestyle firm'. Despite its cultivated friendliness, Kaye Scholer is a large and successful outfit, and no one should anticipate an easy ride: 'The work we produce doesn't reflect the way we act or dress' we were reminded."
"Most partners, if they think you don't know or aren't getting something, will take time out of their day to help."
Stuffiness is looked down on, and someone wedded to a more old-style sense of hierarchy won't mesh well with a culture where "we close our doors during lunch and that's it." One associate said: "People talk about the cold pizza test, where you have to think about being up at 2am eating cold pizza and who you want to do that with."