I’d been confronted several times this summer with the same question, “I heard you run a website that offers people advice on law school admissions. Is it true?”
I didn’t know whether I should answer in the affirmative or negative–I do have a website, but it’s just a blog, like millions of other people out there all do nowadays. Mostly I just write down random law school-related thoughts and rants, and never intended them to be “advice” of any sort, especially since I am not even qualified to give advice on any subject (with the possible exception of digital cameras purchases–go buy a Fujifilm F31fd while these little gems are still available).
In any event, I figured if I’d been found guilty I might as well commit the crime. Some of the readers of this blog will be doing the fall interviews very soon. Here are a few suggestions on the interviews I wrote for another purpose, and I am pasting them here.
Two pieces of advice for people looking to spend a summer at a big law firm:
1. Relax (you will get a job), then
2. for those firms that you are really interested in, research your interviewers. Read their bios, google them (as they will probably do the same to you). Find out where they grew up, where they went to school, what they studied before law school, prior work experience, clerkships, sports, hobbies, etc. Find potential common points to talk about at the interview. It’s all about the small talk and how to kill the otherwise awkward 20 minutes between two strangers. If there is absolutely nothing in common between you and the interviewer, a) think again whether you want to work there, and b) compliment his/her shoes.
An additional comment: for big law firms, whatever little tidbits you can glean from Vault/Chambers/Firm Website will have been regurgitated to the interviewer a dozen times that day already, so research the firms only to the extent that the information you gather is helpful to you, and don’t attempt to impress your interviewer with your knowledge of the firm, especially if your knowledge is common to hundreds of other eager candidates. In the words of one hiring partner, it’s “nauseating” to hear interviewees recite from the Vault guide.