Careers: Law Students
Letter to Candidates
Dear Brown Rudnick Candidate:
We appreciate that over the next few weeks you will be introduced to a variety of potential employers and career paths, and that this may be a time of some confusion and anxiety. You may be asked to make important career decisions with only limited information, all the while keenly aware that the employment landscape for recent law school graduates has changed dramatically in the last few years.
We thought, therefore, you might find useful a letter from us giving you greater insight into our firm and, also, what we are looking for in this recruiting process.
Brown Rudnick LLP is a premier international commercial law firm. We are a mid-sized firm with more than 200 lawyers, but regularly find ourselves opposite firms five or ten times our size. We have a reputation for being tough lawyers whom our clients rely on to handle the toughest cases. Our clients engage us on complex matters, often with cross-border dimensions. We are not interested in doing the kind of low-rate low-margin, volume work that has enabled other firms to amass large size but does not require thought leadership or qualify as “a good challenge.” We bill for our services at the highest-end of the market spectrum: our clients expect results and we deliver.
Our geographic footprint extends from Southern California to Paris and includes offices in key global financial centers, such as Boston, London, New York, Paris and Washington, D.C. We feature a diverse, highly versatile workforce and strong counter-cyclical practices: qualities that serve us well in changing market conditions. At Brown Rudnick we take pride in our “one firm” philosophy that features firm-wide practice groups and extensive collaboration among practice groups and across offices.
By design, we do not offer services in every legal subject area. We focus on those practices and industries where we are a recognized leader, including corporate restructuring, high-stakes litigation and international dispute resolution, M&A, securities and corporate finance, intellectual property, life sciences, funds, white collar defense, energy, real estate, environmental, and tax.
Our smaller size and focused approach have many positive implications for in-coming associates. The work here is never dull: it is intellectually rigorous. Our client base is large, diverse and loyal; we receive significant assignments daily, and our attorneys are busy. Even as a junior lawyer, you will work closely with the partner in charge of the assignment, learning directly from some of the best in the business. You will have almost immediate client exposure and interaction. You will not be lost for years in the library or in document production warehouses. Indeed, if you are truly a Brown Rudnick attorney, you would not last in such a work environment, and we know it!
We offer excellent training for our associates, not only in legal skills but in other important areas, including business development. Our year-long business development training for mid-level associates is one way we differentiate ourselves from our peers. We believe that associates, as well as partners, have an important role to play in building client relationships. Practicing our “one firm” philosophy also means that we must rely on all members of the team to ensure that we continue to provide valued service to our clients.
Our Firm’s Health and Stability
We see our firm as an institution that should exist in perpetuity. We are recognized as leaders in the practice areas we feature and the industries we serve. Our financial performance is strong. Despite the financial crisis of 2008 and the ensuing recession, we have been among the top AmLaw200 firms in profit growth during the last four years. Our entry level hiring efforts remain robust and the target number of 2015 summer associates reflects growth consistent with our strategic plan. In 2015 we plan to expand our summer program to include Orange County, as well as DC, New York and Boston.
We have intentionally created a warm environment for attorneys to practice law. Brown Rudnick attorneys do not compete with one another. Rather, they learn from each other, enjoy being with one another, and our offices are fully integrated and are supportive of each other. Our “one firm” philosophy is a source of tremendous pride at Brown Rudnick and, frankly, a significant point of demarcation from many of our competitors. We believe that each successive generation of attorneys is obligated to propel our firm to greater heights. Partners not only help associates to become technically outstanding lawyers, but assist them in building client relationships.
Our Recruiting Objective; Qualities We Seek and Value
Our Firm is a special place, and we want to keep it that way. We are highly selective, therefore, in recruiting.
We recruit only the best and the brightest. We seek candidates who are hard-working but value-oriented and pragmatic, always honest and always ethical, collaborative in temperament and good team-players - lawyers who, once trained, will be exceptional client advocates and counselors. We seek candidates who are upbeat, energetic, passionate about practicing law and excited to become a part of our firm, with the ability and the desire to advance the firm both intellectually and as a business.
We believe that diversity in attorney backgrounds engenders diversity of thought, is a source of creative energy and enriches our collective experience as law firm colleagues. We, therefore, intentionally recruit with a view to always having a widely diverse attorney population. Finally, we seek candidates who appreciate that people make up a firm, and that a firm’s history, values, and culture are important, and who we believe will become integral members of our law firm family.
We thank you for your interest in our firm, and we look forward to getting to know you.
Very truly yours,
Joseph F. Ryan
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer