The Careerist: Am Law 100 Lawyers Discuss the Dos and Don'ts of the Interview Process
An inside look at the Big Law interview process from lawyers' perspectives.
By Vivia ChenAugust 10, 2012
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Today’s guest blogger, Meghin Delaney, gives an inside look at the Big Law interview process from the perspective of lawyers at Paul Hastings, Wilson Sonsini, McDermott, Cooley, and Ballard Spahr.
While the interview process can take its toll on prospective law firm candidates, it’s no walk in the park for the lawyers tasked with conducting the interviews. Partners can see up to 25 students per day, including during their lunch break. They spend their travel time reviewing resumes and coming up with questions tailored to a candidate’s specific experience. Immediately after an interview, partners take notes to help them distinguish one candidate from another. In 20 minutes, the lawyers are responsible for choosing between eight and 10 students who “fit” with their firm.
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