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Ten Steps to Effective Informational Interviewing

By Mike Gotham, Perkins Coie, Director of Recruiting & Retention, and Shelley Levine, Perkins Coie, Attorney Recruiting Manager  If hearing the word "networking" makes you uneasy, then the idea of an informational interview may cause you serious discomfort. Many people shy away from informational interviews, which is unfortunate: studies show that informational interviews often play a critical role in a job search. Read More >

13 Tips to Make the Most of Your Summer BigLaw Internship

"What can I do to make sure I get a job offer at the end of the summer?" As the co-head of hiring for Dechert's New York office and in my past roles on the hiring committees of two other international firms, I have been asked this question by law school students a lot. And while I always give the best answer that I can, the question I think incoming summer associates should really be asking (and which I have yet to hear) is how they can make the most of their summer BigLaw internships. Read More >

Job Interview Dos and Don'ts

There's a ton of good advice out there about job interviews, but when push comes to shove, here are a quick 20 things you should do, and 12 things you shouldn't to make sure you nail your next interview. Do Conduct extensive research about the employer and the interviewers (if possible) before the interview. Practice your answers to difficult questions. Be prepared to describe specific examples from past work experiences, as well as what you learned from them. Read More >

Interviewees Must Ask Good Questions Too!

One of the most important questions an interviewer can ask is whether the candidate has any questions. Your answer should be an emphatic "Yes!" Being ready with good questions demonstrates your interest and insight and can increase your chances of getting an offer. This is your opportunity to not only show you are the best candidate for the job but also to determine whether this is the right career move for you. Read More >

Beyond OCI: What Changes in Law Firm Recruiting Mean for You

On-campus interviews (OCI) and callbacks can be very stressful to law students, especially now that the process is condensed into a shorter window.  At last week's NALP Education Conference I learned that law firms are, unsurprisingly, stressed out by this short process too. Read More >

The Personal Items You Need at Your Desk

You did it! You're a lawyer, and you've got a job! Whether you have your own office or a cube, you hopefully have at least one drawer for your personal belongings. Read More >

5 Questions: Gibson Dunn’s NY Litigation & Appellate Groups

Gibson Dunn associate Casey Lee caught up with several New York partners in Gibson Dunn's litigation and appellate practice groups to discuss various topics related to New York litigation.   Top row: Randy Mastro, Caitlin Halligan, Lawrence Zweifach Bottom row: Mylan Denerstein, Orin Snyder, Casey Lee What law firm qualities should law students focus on during the hiring process? Randy Mastro (Co-Chair, Litigation Practice Group): Excellence, teamwork, and collegiality. Read More >

The Art of Writing a Law Firm Email

The first email you write to a partner in a law firm is nerve-wracking. The first email you write to an entire distribution list, with partners and clients and opposing counsel and their opposing clients, is terrifying. You will make mistakes. You will forget to actually attach your attachments. You will panic. You will realize that you are a fraud and that someone must have paid off the dean to graduate you out of law school. Read More >

Milbank First-Years Kick Off Law Careers with Pro Bono

As a new lawyer, "giving back" to a meaningful cause with pro bono can seem like something you only get to do once you've established your career (with the billable hours to prove it). One top BigLaw firm takes a different approach, sending first-years out on long-term pro bono assignments before they even get started as associates. Read More >

Vault/MCCA Survey Shows Decline in Black Lawyers

Vault and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association recently released a report analyzing the results of our annual Law Firm Diversity Survey. Amid some encouraging signs of progress, the study reveals other, more troubling trends. Not only are there sharp contrasts between the advancement of white lawyers and attorneys of color, there are notable disparities among different minority groups. Read More >

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