As I write this article, there is a hiring freeze in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and nobody is certain when the next on-campus interviews will take place. What is certain is that there will be another recruiting season, and law students’ employment prospects will improve.
Law school is a transitional time. It’s several years of preparing to cross from being a student to being a professional. In a short period, we go from being a regular human who doesn’t understand jurisdiction to a lawyer who knows the proper Bluebook rule
Remember that everything on your resume is fair game during the interview. Pull out your resume. Read through it carefully, think about every line, every accomplishment. Why is it on your resume? What technical qualification or “soft” skill does it convey? What is the story behind it? What did you learn?
It's not exactly Game of Thrones. But in OCI, you gotta play to win. And we're here to help you slay at your on-campus interview. We've gathered our the top information on everything that goes into OCI, interviewing tips, help with your resume and cover
As a law student looking to land that perfect job out of law school, you can never have enough help. And we've got a great new tool for ABA members to use to get noticed in their job search. Meet ABA Career Forward,
Didn’t get past the first round of interviews? There are ways you can interviewers for feedback to help you on your next opportunity. But you have to take the right approach.
Uncomfortable situations, even if not technically “discriminatory,” can occur even before you land your new job. Make your best defense a strong offense.
The networking events that are part of new associate orientation can seem awkward. Here are some tips to help make some specific networking situations more palatable.
It’s happened – you did not get a callback from OCI. You now have the opportunity to approach the rest of the interview season and law school more strategically and make circumstances change in your favor.
Are you getting ready for on-campus interviews? Nervous about how you'll do? To help you get ready for OCI, lawyers from both sides of the interview table shared their advice on the interview process and how to land the “call-back” in this webinar. https://youtu.be/7TZi7HjVqxE Speakers: Tiffany J. deGruy, Partner, Bradley, Birmingham, AL
Even though classes haven’t started yet, at this very moment, 2Ls across the country are making decisions about where they will spend next summer during on-campus interviews (OCI).
Law firms and other legal employers visit law schools nationwide during the fall to interview applicants for employment starting the following summer in a process called OCI (on-campus interviewing). Most large law firms do the majority of their hiring of new law graduates this way. Firms hire students to work the summer between their second and third year, and if the student performs well, firms often make offers to them for full-time employment upon graduation.
It can be difficult trying to figure out exactly how you want to use your law degree. Do you want to work in the government? For a large firm? A smaller or medium-sized one? A public interest group? Lucky for us, we lawyers have lots of options. One of the best
Imagine you are sitting in your ninth on-campus interview of the week, talking to yet another potential employer about the unique attributes of this particular firm. The attorney sitting across from you earnestly describes her firm’s associate training program: “We give summer associates real client work, not make-work. And once
Your qualifications have caught an employer’s attention. Now you have to convince the employer that you are the candidate that best fits the organization’s needs. Presenters of this webinar, "Interviewing: Becoming an Irresistible Candidate", discuss interviewing techniques: how to prepare, make a positive first impression, and present with confidence. The panelists
Over the last 20 years, I have reviewed hundreds of resumes. Most of them hit the wastebasket very rapidly. There are a lot of reasons why. The author can’t write proper English, punctuate properly, or obey the rules of grammar. Even little things matter – attention to detail
Q: How in-depth should our research be into each law firm outside of knowing its general practice areas and those of the interviewer? A: I’m glad you’re thinking ahead! Preparation for the interview is critical for success and one of the easiest ways you can distinguish yourself from other job candidates
The on-campus interview. Your future career hangs in the balance! Are you ready? Whatever you do, don’t fail, or your thought of a law career is over! OK, OK, not really. Just relax. The OCI is a big deal – this post is not to downplay it – but it is not
“What are your greatest strengths?” is a common interview question that makes job candidates struggle. The question creates a two-fold problem.
Recent law school graduates and experienced interviewers led a discussion of interview skills and pitfalls at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego during the American Bar Association's midyear meeting in February 2016. They demonstrated common mistakes and shared a few of their own unexpected interview experiences.
As with any sport, strong performance during your interview will depend on a variety of factors that are impossible to predict. After adequately preparing for the interview, the best advice to follow is just to be yourself. Here are 10 tips for additional guidance when trying to land a competitive legal internship.
Q: Everyone says I should do informational interviews. Any advice on how I should go about this? A: Yes. Informational interviews can help you in several ways. But you need to plan before you dive in. Here are some tips to make the most of your contacts: Identify your purpose. First, decide what
By Amy Phan Taylor AMY PHAN TAYLOR, a 2L student at Seattle University School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Here's how to avoid losing a job opportunity because of a fashion faux pas — and even save a few dollars building your wardrobe. Black Capri pants. Animal print strappy heels. Ties hitting
By Susan Fine. Of course, you’ve prepared for job interviews. But before you meet with any prospective employer, be sure you’ve covered these eight bases. Everyone agrees that good preparation is the key to a successful interview. But what sets the top performers apart? They ensure that their preparation goes well beyond
By Casey Berman CASEY BERMAN (firstname.lastname@example.org) graduated from law school in 1999 and is now a San Francisco-based entrepreneur and founder of Leave Law Behind, a blog helping lawyers find alternate careers. When I was a freshman in college, I was given one of the most valuable items a