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6 Tips for Writing Better Cover Letters

Once you have the cover letter basics down-you generally know what to include in a cover letter, what not to include, how long it should be, what it's used for, who reads it, how you should address it, how you should sign off-then you're ready for some specific writing advice that will make your cover letter the best it can be. To that end, here are six tips to get you started writing, through the rough patches, and across the cover letter finish line.  1. Read More >

The Golden Rule of Interviews

Interviews are stressful, fear-inducing, sweat-inducing, mostly unpleasant affairs. And so, when you're on the other side of the desk-in the interviewer's seat-you shouldn't forget this. That is, when interviewing someone, you should treat your interviewee like you'd want to be treated if you were the one being interviewed. Read More >

What to Expect on Your Consulting Internship

It's that time of year: you've either landed a summer internship or are deep into the application process. And, if you're anything like me, your thoughts are already starting to turn towards the day-to-day realities of what you'll be doing for the summer-and maybe panicking a little about what to expect. How many hours will you be working? What's the dress code like? Am I even cut out for this job? How will I possibly stand out enough to get a full-time offer? 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 >

Are Flexible Hours Helping or Hurting Us?

For better or worse, we can now work anywhere. We carry smartphones and tablets with us everywhere. There's nowhere our employers and clients can't reach us. And there's nowhere we can't reach our employers and clients. Some of us like this arrangement. We can get home in time to have dinner with our children. We can meet our significant others and Tinder dates for happy hour. We can attend our daughter's basketball games, our friends' engagement parties. Read More >

Real Tips for a Successful Internship

It's that time of year again. In a few short weeks, students will begin their internships at companies throughout the country, hoping to get their foot in the door, impress their bosses and land the job of their dreams. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Before you turn an internship into a full-time job, you need to get the basics down first.  Be Prepared…Assume nothing. You're going into the unknown. Read More >

8 Steps for Getting an Internship

You are in college, you want an internship for this summer, and you do not yet have anything firmly lined up. So what should you do?  1. Keep Prospecting: Until you have an offer in writing, you must keep prospecting. Verbal conversations that say 'we are going to offer you a role,' or 'we are working on it,'don't count and are NOT binding. You only have one, 'this summer.' Keep hunting until you have a solid offer. 2. Read More >

7 Best Hobbies for Networking

To meet new people and broaden your network, it helps to set up scenarios that allow you to easily speak with people and get to know them. Just as you wouldn't schedule an intimate dinner date at a loud and boisterous restaurant, you'll want to conduct some of your hobby networking in groups where it's easy to have one-on-one or small-group conversations. It's even better if the groups encourage you to do so. 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 >

Answering the 'Failure' Interview Question

If you've been following the NCAA Basketball Tournament, you know that there are only four teams left. This means that 64 of the 68 teams selected to play in the tournament have lost, and thus, in some way, 64 teams have failed. Soon, three teams of the so-called Final Four will also lose and thus will also fail. Read More >

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