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The Insider's Guide to Getting a Big Firm Job

What Every Law Student Should Know About Interviewing

Erika Finn, Jessica Olmon


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The primary goal of most law students is to get a job upon graduation. While law school teaches many things, how to get a law job is not one of them. Thousands of law students thus graduate each year without a job, without any prospects, and without the faintest idea how to land their first job with a law firm. In law school, however, the competition for top jobs is intense - and the special needs of law firm recruiters are unknown to law students. This book is an insider's look at the secrets of landing a dream law firm job.

Praise For The Insider's Guide to Getting a Big Firm Job: What Every Law Student Should Know About Interviewing

"There are many interviewing guides out there, and frankly most of them are least for law students. Law firm interviewers will not ask you to describe a situation where you overcame a challenge. They will not ask you to pick an animal you would like to be, and they will not ask you to solve some artificial hypothetical. Maybe that kind of interviewing goes on elsewhere, but only rarely at law firms, so books that give elaborate explanations on how to answer this type of question are simply not speaking to law students interviewing at big firms.

Because big law firms generally do not ask prepackaged questions, practicing prepackaged answers will do you no good. Instead you need to understand. And that is where the Insider's Guide will help you. Instead of providing prepackaged answers, this book will help you develop your own answers (which you should practice, of course) that will be far superior to anything handed to you, because these answers will be yours. And more importantly, you will be able to apply them in the fluid environment that is the law firm interview." — Morten Lund, partner at Foley & Lardner and author of Jagged Rocks of Wisdom: Professional Advice for the New Attorney

The Fine Print Press, Ltd., 9781888960143, 130pp.

Publication Date: January 15, 2009

About the Author

Erika Finn earned her law degree from the University of California-Berkeley School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. During law school, she was offered summer associate positions at 19 large law firms, and worked at New York-based Proskauer Rose LLP in their Los Angeles office. Jessica Olmon earned her law degree from the Ohio State University and started her practice as an associate at Fulbright & Jaworski in Los Angeles. She interviewed law students for her firm and offers an insider's viewpoint into the interviewing process at one of the largest law firms in the world.