Pro Bono - Careers
Pro bono and community service are historical and essential components of O’Melveny’s core values. We believe that all Firm lawyers should make pro bono a part of their careers as legal professionals. And that principle is reflected both in the culture of the Firm and our policies. For example, every new attorney at O’Melveny—in every practice group and at every level of seniority—is required to work on at least one pro bono matter in his/her first year at the Firm. This requirement is designed to introduce new lawyers to O’Melveny’s pro bono culture from the moment they arrive here. The Firm is confident that, once lawyers experience the deeply rewarding nature of pro bono work, they will make it a part of their legal practice throughout their careers.
In addition to the new attorney requirement, the firm also encourages every lawyer to devote at least 50 hours to pro bono annually and sets the expectation that every partner supervise at least one pro bono matter each year. The firm also has a longstanding policy that all pro bono hours are treated the same as commercial billable hours for all purposes, including bonus consideration, with no cap. These policies are complemented with a robust pro bono program that offers attorneys a wide variety of pro bono opportunities, from individual representations to impact litigation.
O’Melveny attorneys are also encouraged to utilize pro bono to develop their careers and legal skills. In addition to experiencing the deep satisfaction of assisting those in dire need, attorneys also gain core skills that enhance their professional development. The firm’s program is designed to help attorneys utilize pro bono to gain professional experience, from negotiating a deal to trying a case. Some pro bono projects are paired with skills training programs, such as deposition training, where attorneys can practice taking and defending depositions, get direct feedback from firm partners, and then utilize those skills in depositions on pro bono matters.
O’Melveny views every attorney’s career as a unique journey that varies for each individual. But we believe that pro bono is a tool that can be used by everyone to enhance their careers as O’Melveny lawyers.
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