FAQs

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Why should I choose Selendy & Gay instead of an older firm?
Our firm may be new, but our partners have long track records and are luminaries in their areas. As a result, in just a year, we have a diverse and growing slate of clients as we address every type of complex commercial and white-collar litigation, investigations, and arbitration.

For you, it means you won’t just have the chance to get meaningful experience; you will get meaningful experience. At Selendy & Gay, you’ll build skills in all facets of litigation, including interacting with clients and going to trial. Going to a larger firm carries its own kind of risk: The risk that you might not learn what you need to in order to become the best lawyer possible.

What kind of training and development do you offer?
We devote the resources to ensuring you’re not just technically proficient, but empowered, and excited, to launch your career.

  • Legal skills training: We offer a full complement of litigation training programs, including intensive workshops on legal writing, depositions, and trial.
  • Business development training: Unlike most firms, we train associates on the fundamentals of client relationships and business development right from the start.
  • Signature skills: As an associate, you’ll have access to on-demand, one-on-one coaching that will help you become both a better lawyer and colleague. This independent, confidential resource can help you sharpen the interpersonal skills you need to thrive with clients and colleagues, strike a positive work-life balance, and identify opportunities for growth.

How is work assigned?
Unlike at many other firms, apart from an initial assignment upon joining, associates aren’t assigned to cases. We give associates a great deal of freedom to choose the cases on which they want to work. Similarly, summer associates are initially assigned to cases, but can also request assignments on cases in which they’re interested.

Why do you ask interviewees to complete a case study?
If we invite you for an interview, we’ll ask you to write a case study; we’ll draft a fact pattern, and give you an hour to analyze it in light of a court decision. This approach takes more effort for both of us. But we get a better idea of how you think under pressure, and you get a chance to put your best work forward. By the time we decide to extend an offer, we’re quite confident in a person’s abilities—a trust that is central to the relationship between our associates and partners.

What is your summer program like?
A summer at Selendy & Gay will give you an up-close look at how a top-level firm operates, and the opportunity to do meaningful work. While you’re here, you’ll have the chance to not only observe, but participate—we want your opinion on strategy and expect you to offer it. We will also invite you to participate in training programs for the associates, and we will give you summer versions of trial, business development and professional skills programs. You should also expect fun social events that allow you to get to know other summer associates and attorneys, share your passions, and explore New York City and beyond.

What does my road look like if it doesn’t work out?
We’re invested in your success, even if you don’t remain an attorney here. Because we coach you in client service and networking, you will leave us with a strong professional network. We will use the partnership’s resources to help you find a new position that is right for you, highlighting the training and experience you will have had here. We want everyone who has worked here to be proud to be a Selendy & Gay alum.