March 7, 2011

Make the most of the informational interview

LegalJob was asked the question below (personal facts deleted) and the answer reiterates and ties together the past couple of posts.  Many seem to have similar questions so LegalJob posts below the response provided in the Monday Mailbag series.   Q:  I have an interview tuesday with [a big firm in a big city].  It was unexpected (a guy just popped in my office while talking […]
March 5, 2011

Two points to make in your elevator speech

LegalJob has been assisting folks with refining their so-called elevator speech for talking with firms.  The speech should be short, 30 seconds to one minute — probably not too much longer than that. LegalJob recommends that you articulate succinctly two points: Your commitment and focus to the particular area of the law.  This is possible even if you are late to decide your specialty.  Explain why […]
February 28, 2011

Making the most of five minutes

LegalJob was asked about how to maximize the five minute networking interview.   Q:  You advise when networking to request five minutes of someone’s time.  How do I fit in everything I want to say in five minutes?   Answer: Reasonable question.   Keep your talking to a minimum — you are there to learn from them and to obtain another name of someone you should contact next.  Know […]
February 25, 2011

Develop your plan as early as possible

LegalJob gave this advice last night as part of career panel speaking to GW law students.  If working at a firm is something you are interested in, it will be helpful for you to demonstrate focus and commitment as early as possible.   Your focus will serve as another item to separate you from the pack.  This advice is a bit counterintuitive considering that many people choose […]
February 21, 2011

What do I do after my interview

Repetition probably cannot hurt when providing free advice.  Below is this week’s Monday Mailbag question concerning follow-up along with LegalJob’s response.   Q:  I just came back from a decent half-day interview with about six or seven of the people in the practice group and two others from firm management.  I think it all went well and I am hoping to get a call back soon.  […]
February 19, 2011

LegalJob featured on

LegalJob recently wrote an article containing suggestions for effective follow-up after an interview or any type of meeting with a useful contact.  Here is the link to “Job Interview Follow-Up.”
February 5, 2011

Crush your law firm interview — part two

LegalJob received a follow-up question on this topic in the Monday Mailbag series.   Q:  That last post on interviewing was very helpful.  Should I make a list of talking points and memorize them for my interview?   Talking points are good to have as preparation but it is probably best not to feel the need to cover all.  You want to come across comfortable (looking for […]
January 30, 2011

Specialize, specialize, specialize

For a good article about the benefits of developing a niche, LegalJob recommends this one on titled Niche Practice Could Help Recent Law Grads Win a “Losing Game.”  The article is well-written and provides thoughtful advice on the importance of committing to a specialty. Developing a niche expands your opportunities, including the possibility of getting into a big law firm in a non-traditional manner.  You stand out by […]
January 27, 2011

Crush your law firm interview

Someone e-mailed this question for mailbag Monday Q:  What’s the number one thing you want to get across in an interview? LegalJob thought this topic was worthy of a post because of its general applicability.  The most important point to communicate to a potential employer is the specifics of how you can make meaningful contributions immediately.  Sure, you will need some substantive training and some time to […]
January 23, 2011

Effective networking — begin with the end in mind

LegalJob met with a first year law student this week to brainstorm about possible job opportunities for the summer.  She was articulate and showed great initiative in setting up the meeting but she did not seem have an endgame in mind.  It was not clear what she was looking to get out of the meeting.  LegalJob had some ideas about how to be helpful but there was no […]
January 19, 2011

A “hook” for getting into a big law firm — part two

Recently, someone raised a question dealing with non-traditional paths to a big law firm on Abovethelaw.  This question is related to LegalJob’s first post concerning a “hook” for getting into a big law firm.  The fact pattern is that someone whose intention is to be a public interest litigator wondered whether it is a wise career choice to take a non-legal position in the litigation support arm of a big firm.  People expressed […]
January 16, 2011

A “hook” for getting into the big firm

One way to get hired at a big law firm in the non-taditional way (i.e., not top ten percent of class at ivy league school) is to have a hook — something that makes you unique that will help add to the law firm’s bottom line immediately. Here is an example.  LegalJob is advising a recent law graduate about how to secure a big firm law […]