The Associate Review Process
Thorough and detailed reviews: Essential to the firm's core values of open communication and associate development is Latham’s associate review program. Throughout an associate's career, he or she is reviewed by nearly every supervisor on every matter. Specific feedback is solicited on important skills such as writing, legal and factual analysis, and professionalism.
Individual in-depth conferences: A member of the Associates Committee meets with each associate twice a year for a comprehensive in-person conference. At these conferences, associates are read the word-for-word reviews from their supervisors, discuss their career development and receive a clear message on their standing in the firm (including, in later years, specific messages and objectives on progression to partnership).
Merit-based bonuses: Associate reviews are a key component for determining merit-based bonuses.
Review Your Supervisors
Recognize the best and guide the rest: Latham associates review all their supervisors through confidential yearly evaluations, resulting in true 360-degree evaluation. Each year the firm recognizes the year's best supervisors firmwide. Where suggestions for improvement are made, this feedback from associates is passed on to supervisors to help them constantly hone their supervision skills.
Progression to Partnership
Eight year partnership track: Associates are considered for admission to the partnership or for promotion to counsel after eight years of practice as a lawyer.
Associates are involved in deciding who progresses to partnership: The Associates Committee, including associates on that Committee, evaluates each candidate's record during the course of his or her career at the firm and recommends associates for admission to the partnership or for promotion to counsel. We are one of the very few firms in the world to include associates in the partnership decision process.
Highlighting opportunities: While Latham hires only those applicants who we believe have the potential to become partners, we recognize that some of our lawyers ultimately will not view practicing at a law firm a lifetime endeavor. Latham is committed to using the firm's contacts and resources to assist these lawyers in finding promising new opportunities. The In-House Career Initiative matches interested associates with job openings from clients and other employers. We also maintain our relationship with former associates through our Alumni Network and regular alumni events.