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Top US Recruiter Kasey Stein’s advice for future associates

“Real work, real clients, real deadlines and real responsibility”

Kasey Stein is Senior Manager for Campus Recruiting in the US. With more than 15 years’ experience in this department, here’s her one-minute guide on becoming an associate at White & Case.

What makes a great White & Case candidate?

Someone who is entrepreneurial, and open to different experiences and opportunities. They are intellectually curious, globally minded and culturally sensitive.

How can law students find out about what it’s really like to work at White & Case?

Our Campus Ambassadors and alumni are very committed to bringing panel discussions, guest lectures and presentations to different campuses across the US, as well as hosting and attending networking events so students can get to know us in advance of the recruitment season. I would also encourage students to access their alumni networks and reach out to associates at the Firm.

During the spring, we host “1L Discover White & Case” a two-day immersive program, a truly unique opportunity to gain early insight into Big Law, specifically at White & Case. It is also a great way to build a White & Case network, which will be a real asset heading into the 2L year.

Tell us about the US Summer Program.

It is an amazing program! Our ten-week program really makes the most of law students’ skills and ambition.  We pride ourselves on giving summer associates real work for real clients with real deadlines and real responsibility. Our summer associates get hands-on training working side-by-side with our lawyers.  We ensure they get exposure to a variety of work and practice areas that are of interest to them, including pro bono matters. There are also international and domestic rotations available during the program.

“The program sets them up to succeed and to showcase their talents.”

The program sets them up to succeed and to showcase their talents. Most importantly, they get to know the Firm and our culture, and we get to know them.

Tell us about your own career at White & Case.

I began my career at White & Case 15 years ago, after following the advice of a valued mentor. My time here has been incredible; I have grown personally and professionally with the support of so many champions.

Working in recruiting at White & Case is so exciting because it allows me the opportunity to work with key stakeholders around the world. A key part of our role is to increase brand awareness by showcasing our Firm and its people to students and candidates, and to build relationships internally and externally that have and will continue to last many years.

Looking back on my 15 years here, the best part has been watching so many of the summer associates I recruited develop their careers, become amazing associates and then ultimately partners here at the Firm.  It is true job satisfaction!

We’re a global Firm with a network of offices around the world. How will new associates experience this?

From day one, associates are given the opportunity to work on matters and in teams that span the globe. Each one of our offices is part of our broader network. Walk through any US office and you’ll hear multiple languages spoken.

When working on domestic matters, it’s highly likely that other team members will represent different nationalities and cultures. This extends to small details too, so while visiting another office, your laptop or smart phones automatically connect to our White  & Case WiFi.  With 44 offices in 30 countries, we pride ourselves on having teams that work seamlessly together, no matter where they are located.

What kind of training and support do associates receive?

Here at White & Case, we provide our associates with the opportunity to own and shape their careers. As a summer associate, they have the option to spend time in both our Corporate and Litigation practices, experiencing a wide breadth of disciplines.

Upon joining, entry-level associates are presented with the opportunity to work across the Corporate and Litigation practices, with a formal commitment to a practice by the end of their second year.

Associates learn on the job, they get first-hand exposure to clients and take on responsibility from day one. We also provide a career framework, which includes a series of professional development programs and structured learning to ensure each associate is well equipped with all the tools to succeed.

How does the associate experience differ between our US offices?

Whether they are working with household-name digital corporations in Silicon Valley, contributing to a major energy deal in Houston, or spending time with leading financial institutions in New York, associates will find that their work has one thing in common—it will be high-stretch, challenging and exciting.

What are your final tips for success?

Be open, be curious, be a great team player.

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