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.

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2022)

1K - 1.5K

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No. of Partners Named (2022)

26

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Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2021)

124


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No. of Summer Associates (2021)

131 total (1162Ls; 15 1Ls)


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Base Salary

1st year: $215,0002nd year: $225,0003rd year: $250,0004th...

Vault Verdict

Weil provides a collegial workplace that excels in its focus on pro bono and diversity. Without a formal hour requirement, associates still bill typical BigLaw hours and receive top-of-market compensation. The firm hires candidates with excellent credentials from the best regional law schools and seeks sociable lawyers who take work but not themselves seriously. Associates report constructive relations with partners, with solid mentorship as well as more academic, formal training opportunities. Partnership track is generally shorter than at peer firms. Exit opportunities to other law firms and in-house positions abound. At the height of the pandemic, summer associates worked for only eight weeks, spending the second four weeks at pro bono organizations of their choice, and were pa...

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 of the most respected rest...

Associate Reviews


  • “My colleagues genuinely love spending time with each other and there is a sense of camaraderie that is not always present in the BigLaw firm setting. With the recent shift to work from the office, there have been many  formal and informal gatherings to give us an opportunity to get to know each other beyond the bounds of work.”
  • “Lawyers socialize together almost weekly. Day-to-day is warm and inviting. Most attorneys have their doors open during the week and the environment is friendly. Lawyers and staff generally interact well, too, including lunches and weekly activities like ice cream socials.”
  • “People who take their work seriously but not themselves seriously.”
  • “I find that nearly everyone I have worked with has been helpful, intellectually curious, tends to be on the progressive side, and genuinely interested in the work they do. Social interactions are in a state of transition right now, with back to the office underway, but they have generally been a good mix of informal in-office or chat interactions, as well as a variety of lunches, happy hours, and other events that are much more frequent than at the previous firm I worked for.”

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


  • “The firm's hiring process is comparable to most other BigLaw firms. First-round interviews usually occur at on-campus interview programs, though some of the specialized groups field these interviews at special programs throughout the country. Aside from the usual qualifications—journal participation, moot court, etc.—the firm is looking for people with a good work ethic, team players, and people who will be passionate about their practice area. There are a good number of first-years from T14 schools, but the firm is by no means exclusive. Roughly a quarter to a third of associates are high-achieving students at local/regional law schools (New York-based, California-based, etc.).” 
  • “Looking for associates who bring energy to the practice. Willing to reward hard work. Not stuck-up about status.”
  • “Very competitive. Typically only interview at T14 schools or top candidates from NY-based regional schools.”

Practice Area Q&A’s


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