Overview

Introduction

A leader in bankruptcy and restructuring, Weil is an all-around legal superstar with a name that will shine on any resume. The firm is a good fit for team players who enjoy socializing and aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and work hard. The firm has pioneered major areas of law, such as corporate governance, private equity, and bankruptcy and restructuring. With approximately 1,100 lawyers, the firm has offices spanning three continents and six countries, and it continues to be one of the highest-grossing law firms in t...

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

1K - 1.5K

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No. of Partners Named (2021)

13

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Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)

116


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No. of Summer Associates (2021)

132 total (121 2Ls; 11 1Ls)


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Base Salary

Class of 2021: $202,500

Vault Verdict

Weil is a social firm that places high value on teamwork—the firm likes to hire candidates who will mesh with its amiable vibe. Top grades are a must, and candidates should be ready to discuss their past work experiences. Associates are complimentary of the partnership, noting that most partners take an interest in associates’ professional development and personal lives. Reviews are mixed as to transparency from management, but associates appreciate the weekly emails from the managing partner throughout the pandemic. Hours can be intense—especially for bankruptcy associates this past year. But the hours often fluctuate, and associate are glad there is no billable requirement to stress them out during lulls. Junior associates take on typical entry-level tasks but also have the abil...

About the Firm

 

A powerhouse in restructuring, M&A, private equity, and litigation, Weil, Gotshal & Manges has long been one of the world’s leading law firms. The firm has pioneered major areas of law, such as corporate governance, private equity, and bankruptcy and restructuring.

To New York and Beyond

Weil was founded in New York in 1931 and has been located in New York’s iconic General Motors Building since the building opened in 1968, overlooking the city’s playground, Central Park. With approximately 1,100 lawyers, the firm has offices spanning three continents and six countries, and it continues to be one of the highest-grossing law firms in the world.

Restructured Thinking

Weil fields one o...

Associate Reviews


  • “Very social. I definitely have ‘work friends,’ and my group encourages social interactions (and even during COVID, has encouraged virtual social events). Most of the people I work with are available for mentoring and to answer questions, leading to a very collegial atmosphere.
  • “Lawyers and staff are quite social with one another. The culture is generally centered in a sense that we are all members of the same team, which makes for a generally collaborative and encouraging environment.”
  • “Weil places a huge emphasis on social culture to get to know the other attorneys. Even though are remote, we are encouraged to have weekly Zoom lunches/dinner with associates which the firm will expense up to a certain amount of money.  Also, as a first year, everyone is extremely supportive and engaged in helping me grow as an associate.

Why Work Here


Diversity at Weil

"Inclusion is in our DNA. Since its founding, Weil has held diversity and inclusion as a core value of our firm since Frank Weil, Sylvan Gotshal and Horace Manges found many doors closed to them because of their religious beliefs. Over the following 85 years, as we have become a global firm, these principles have been a cornerstone for our growth and success. Our pioneering attitude towards diversity led us to embark on a series of "firsts" for the legal profession from conducting a diversity assessment in 1992 to creating a formal..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “Weil is looking for smart, hard-working people, who are driven but don't take themselves too seriously.”
  • “The firm has a robust recruiting program. Candidates need to have excellent academic credentials; there are minimum GPAs based on law school attended to get an interview. If the academic credentials are acceptable, the next most important factors are probably personality, prior life/work experience, and diversity.”
  • “We have interview training for how we take notes, ask questions, and converse with candidates. We also train for how to review a resume. [Weil is] looking for candidates who performed competitively in law school and have a strong work ethic.”
  • “[The] firm is looking for candidates that match our firm's collegial atmosphere while also having excellent credentials. The firm also actively engages affinity groups to be involved in the hiring process.”

Practice Area Q&A’s


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Luna Barrington

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Kevin J. Sullivan

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John A. Neuwirth

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Ronit J. Berkovich

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