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Variety Is the Spice of Life. Heller Erhman consistently receives high marks for attorney and staff diversity. Members of minority groups, including gays and lesbians, make up 7 percent of shareholders, 31 percent of associates, and 32 percent of summer associates firmwide. The Minority Law Journal ranked the firm in the top 25 for diversity. Women comprise 18 percent of shareholders, 41 percent of associates, and 53 percent of summer associates. The American Lawyer ranked Heller Ehrman among the top five law firms in America for women.

Check for current openings on the firm’s website. Heller also considers summer candidates through a write-in process if it does not visit your school. Send a resume, law-school transcripts, and a letter indicating if applying for an associate or summer associate position and which practice areas you are interested in to the appropriate recruiting manager. Summer associates have the opportunity to work in several practice areas throughout their time with the firm. A substantial portion of assignments tend to be research related, but summer associates also draft documents, pleadings, discovery requests, and client letters.

S. cities, Mayer is well positioned to compete for international business. ” The fact that Mayer pulled off such a large merger at a time when other firms were cautiously holding their positions or even downsizing testifies to its overall stability, not to mention the benefits of a diverse practice. Insiders note with pride the many subspecialties that exist within each division of the firm. This diversification allows Mayer to adjust to market fluctuations, they say. As a result, other than a slight reduction in billable hours and a trimmed down support staff, the firm has survived the recent economic slump with plenty of momentum.

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