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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Los Angeles, California

Recruitment & Hiring

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Began Work In Expected
2017 Prior Summer
2018 Prior Summer
Entry-level 6 6 5 5 8
Entry-level (non-traditional track) 0 0 0 0
Lateral Partners 0 0 1 0
Lateral Associates 3 0 7 0
All Other Laterals (non-traditional track) 0 0 1 0
Post-Clerkship 0 0 0 0 0
LL.M.s (U.S.) 0 0 0 0 0
LL.M.s (non-U.S.) 0 0 0 0 0
Post-3Ls 0 0 0 0 0
2Ls 5 2 8 0 5
1Ls 1 0 1 0 2

Number of 2018 Summer 2Ls considered for associate offers 8
Number of offers made to summer 2L associates 8
Does the organization hire school-term clerks? Case-by-case
Does the organization hire 1Ls? To be determined
When should 1Ls apply? December 1
Are split summers allowed? Case-by-case
Comments regarding Hiring Akin Gump's summer associate program is an important part of our hiring process and we expect to fill our first-year associate positions from the ranks of our summer associates. Although we encourage students to spend the entire summer program with us, we do consider split summers for 2L summer associates on a case by case basis. Akin Gump offers 10 week summer programs in our Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. offices. The summer program in our Dallas and Houston offices is held during the first half of the summer.

Akin Gump also offers a Summer Pro Bono Scholars Program, a two-summer program for top law students who show a strong interest in making pro bono an integral part of their Akin Gump careers. The Pro Bono Scholars are first year law students who work both at the firm and at a public interest organization during the summer. The following year as second year law students, the Pro Bono Scholars take part in the firm’s regular summer associate program.

The Akin Gump/Robert Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program provides top first year law students with the opportunity to work in the legal industry and engage in diversity and inclusion efforts. The program spans two summers, with the Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars working both at the firm and at a firm client during the first summer (as rising 2Ls). The next summer (rising third year), the Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholars join the firm as participants in the firm’s general summer associate program.

2018 Summer Program

Do you accept applications for the 2020 Summer Program from Joint degree candidates graduating in 2022 or later? No
Do you accept applications for the 2020 Summer Program from evening students graduating in 2022? No
Do you accept applications for the 2020 Summer Program from Judicial clerks? No
Do you accept applications for the 2020 Summer Program from students at non-US law schools? No

Hiring Outside Traditional Summer Programs

Does the organization hire 3Ls?
How many entry-level hires outside the summer program did you hire in [directory year - 1]?

Post-clerkship hiring information

Do you hire post-clerkship candidates? Yes
If yes, when should they apply? As their clerkship permits.
Do you hire US LL.M.s? No
Do you hire non-US LL.M.s? No
When should LL.M.s submit applications?
Preferred application materials
General Hiring Criteria We select our participants each year from among many highly qualified candidates. High academic achievement, extra-curricular activities (Law Review, Moot Court, other journals), initiative and strong motivation are the criteria we consider. We also look for other indicators of likely success such as demonstrated leadership skills, strong interpersonal skills, good judgment, willingness to assume responsibility, maturity, non-academic experience, and the ability to work well with others.
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List Any Job Fairs / Consortia Attended (previous fall) Loyola PLIP, Lavendar Law, On Tour Interview Program

Campus Interviews

Number of Schools Visited in 2018 8
Number of Job Fairs / Consortia Attended in 2018 3