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phlou29
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Has anyone applied and not received a WG invite? I applied on the day of the deadline (31st Jan)
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Weil is not a good firm, it's one of the worst US firms in London with which to do a TC.

Sweat shop, heavy focus on the worst practice areas. Structured finance, for example - long hours, cookie cutter deals, repetitive, you become super specialised too soon and have no exit options. Fund formations - similar with marginally better exits but basically only to funds. PE is awful - the docs are basically the same as corporate but with some tweaks and deals are much more demanding, and exits are worse than general M&A. Also you don't want to go in-house to a fund - the hours and stress is just as bad, if not worse, than private practice. Its lev fin team is OK-good, but it's super cyclical and the market is dead right now - also exits there are pretty much just banking. FA chance of advisory seats or qualification opportunities in advisory seats, very little chance of a well balanced TC.

Overall, it's definitely a US firm to avoid unless you have no other offers. A lot of the above applies to other US firms, but Weil is particularly sweaty and crap leverage with lots of competitive trainees pushing at each other to get the better seats. There are worse outcomes than lev fin at Weil I suppose (FYI lev fin associates at Kirkland last on average 2 years max), but you're missing out at shots at financial regulatory, data protection, white collar investigations, competition, tech transactional (think Weil has 1 associate doing it), employment (maaaaaaybe you can get a seat there, but FYI only 1 associate or so in the "team") and they're never hiring.
Interesting point. Was wondering which US firms do you rate instead and why?
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(Original post by lawstudent1998)
Interesting point. Was wondering which US firms do you rate instead and why?
The line I give on here is: "don't do law". Few, if any, listen to me because everyone thinks the special one who will make it work out hunky dory.

I just think there are better jobs out there if you know what you want to do, e.g. portfolio management, working for a fund, If you don't know what you want to do, I think consulting, particularly at MBB, is better and you will be able to leverage into a more interesting role with better hours.

I know you want a list of firms, but I think the best thing is to research yourself; just think about what I've said about re practice areas and apply to yourself best you can. Chambers student, Vault rankings and toplawschools.com has some transferrable information. I'd just be wary of Weil, Ropes, B&M (McDonald's of law firms). Apart from those firms, whatever is in the Vault top 30 which operates in London - and almost all are still sweatshops where average turnover is 2-3 years. Few students get more than one or two offers anyway...

Also if you're fresh out of uni, MC firms are probably better - shag about in a big group of trainees, do an overseas secondment.
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Just had an email offering me a place on the scheme- so unexpected can’t actually believe it!
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Well done eleanor, although you can hardly use the word unexpected!
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Well done eleanor, although you can hardly use the word unexpected!
Thank you but it really is a huge shock I really struggled with the phone interview as I found what they asked really hard to justify my points and motivation. So yeah honestly can’t believe it! I’m withdrawing from Simmons so I actually have time to revise over Easter ahaha
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Thank you but it really is a huge shock I really struggled with the phone interview as I found what they asked really hard to justify my points and motivation. So yeah honestly can’t believe it! I’m withdrawing from Simmons so I actually have time to revise over Easter ahaha
Haha yea deffo a good idea to spend some time on actual uni work! It’s so easy to get caught up in applications, applications and more damned applications!
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I also assume that they decided against their original plan; “Interviews will take place at the London office in March 2019.”
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I also assume that they decided against their original plan; “Interviews will take place at the London office in March 2019.”
Yeah they said they had on the call as it saves everyone time and will get to meet partners etc on the scheme
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I just got a phone interview - I suspect they're doing it in batches. Grats to everyone who's got a place and all the best to everyone else!
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Has anyone heard back from HSF?
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