Texas Lawyer Takes Note of Akin Gump’s 100 Percent Summer Associate Offer Rate

Texas Lawyer, for its article “Large Firms’ Offer Rates to Summer Associates,” quoted Akin Gump Dallas hiring partner Lisa Gallerano and Houston hiring partner Phyllis Young on the firm’s offers to all 12 of its 2014 second-year summer associates in Texas.

The publication noted that this is the second year in a row that the firm has made offers to 100 percent of its Texas summer associates. Young and Gallerano attribute this to the firm’s careful on-campus recruiting. Gallerano said, “It’s really not accidental, because we do an extensive amount of work before [on-campus interviews] firmwide to determine client needs and practice group needs. The idea is to go in and really try and get the group to stick with us for the long haul.”

Young added that the firm lets practice group demand lead its search for associates, “We go in knowing which practice groups need people. So the interview process on campus and the callbacks [interviews in the office] really screen hard to get candidates we know have a strong interest in the practice groups we’re hiring for and are great people we want to work with.”

In the American Lawyer’s 2014 Summer Associates Survey, Akin Gump was ranked no. 1 for Dallas and Houston as well as for Los Angeles, in addition to being highly ranked in D.C. and New York. These rankings are based on responses by over 3,645 summer associates regarding their satisfaction rate at 135 firms.