Ropes & Gray is committed to supporting the professional and personal development of its attorneys. The firm has an array of programs designed to help its attorneys balance competing work/life demands, continue to grow in their careers, and provide excellent client service.
Practice group experience
Those joining the corporate department will be matched with two of the Corporate Department’s practice groups. The matches will be based on preferences you express and on the practice groups’ needs. We anticipate that the majority of your work assignments will come from your two matched groups, although additional work is likely to come from other groups both to meet department needs and provide you with a broad work experience. Litigation associates can work with each of the firm’s litigation practice groups – business and securities litigation, government enforcement and anti-trust – for the two years before they join one of those groups. Associates in tax and benefits likewise experience both tax and benefits work before focusing on one area. Intellectual property litigation, business restructuring, labor and employment and private client associates join their respective group from the start of their careers at the firm.
The Impact Program has helped attorneys adjust their work arrangements for family, health or similar reasons since 2008. It provides a flexible framework for building a long and fulfilling career at Ropes & Gray. Impact arrangements can include an alternative (reduced) time commitment for a short or long period of time, a flexible approach to working off-site and to managing the traditional work day to accommodate childcare and other responsibilities, a different pace to partnership candidacy, or some combination of these options.
Supportive leave policies
Recognizing that family responsibilities or other compelling reasons may require a attorneys to seek a leave of absence from the firm, Ropes & Gray has leave policies to support the lawyer in their time of need. Birth mothers and primary caregivers (in the case of adoption or surrogacy) may take 18 weeks of paid leave. Four weeks of paid leave is also available to other parents of new-born children. The firm also provides leave for a lawyer who has a serious health condition or needs to care for an immediate family member.
GO (Global Opportunities) Program
Ropes & Gray offers attorneys the opportunity to grow professionally and personally through its GO (Global Opportunities) Program, which provides several global career development options. Current associates can apply to relocate temporarily or permanently to another of the firm’s offices, whether to fill particular strategic needs of the firm as part of the GO Strategic program, or to an office of their choice as a GO Fellow. In certain circumstances, the firm will pre-approve future moves to other Ropes & Gray offices for incoming associates under the GO First program. Entry-level candidates can contact the director of legal recruiting for more information. Finally, the firm’s GO Client program offers the opportunity to spend time in-house at a client.
Career Development Coaching
Providing coaching, Ropes & Gray is at the forefront of helping associates manage and develop their careers. The firm has two career development managers, both of whom are experienced internal coaches and former practicing attorneys. The coaches help associates manage time, people and projects; develop presence and communication skills; identify and cultivate mentoring relationships; and set and implement goals.
Since the fall of 2014, the firm has made is easier and more convenient for associates to work from home. In addition to having Citrix and VPN services, associates in their third year of seniority and above can request additional technology to help them maintain a healthy work/life balance and support their ability to serve clients. The firm supplies a second monitor for those associates to work on documents as seamlessly at home as in the office; a docking station so they can use an external monitor with a firm-issued laptop; and an “Always On” phone to communicate more smoothly from home.