The Cravath System

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Author(s): 
Henderson, William
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http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/2008/07/part-ii-how-mos.html
Year: 
2008
Country: 
USA

The "Cravath System” purports to hire the best graduates from the best law schools and provide them with the best training.The New York firm of Cravath Swaine & Moore created and refined this system during the early 20th century. The emphasis on educational credentials was initially an attempt to establish a distinctive brand of legal services that could differentiate the firm from other Wall Street competitors. Now, ironically, it has become a uniform industry practice utilized by every large law firm that claims to provide first-rate services. Virtually all firms mimic the Cravath system without understanding its logic. If a firm neglects a key element--e.g., investing in associates--the model generates no competitive advantage.

Edited from several postings on The Empirical Legal Studies Blog and The Legal Profession Blog.

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