• Be yourself: we want to get to know you.
• Be punctual and call ahead if you are delayed for any reason.
• Dress in business conservative style, unless you have been advised otherwise.
• Show energy and interest.
• Be ready to ask and answer questions that demand thoughtful answers.
Know the Firm
Before you come in for your interview(s), do some research on the firm. Consider where the associates and partners went to law school. Look at web sites of competitive firms locally and in cities of similar size. If possible, learn about the firm’s clients — it gives you an indication of the kind of work the firm does.
In addition to conducting research before your interview, you’ll want to come away with answers to these questions from your interview.
• How is the summer program structured?
• How are projects assigned?
• What’s a typical week for an associate?
• How are performance evaluations conducted?
• How does the firm’s mentoring program work?
• What kind of opportunities for professional development are available at the firm?
In addition to researching the basics of the firm, make certain you are ready with answers to some basic questions about yourself. Of course, answers to questions like the ones below allow us to get to know you better. By developing answers to questions like these, you’ll gain a clearer focus on exactly what it is you would like to accomplish as a lawyer.
• Why did you decide to go to law school?
• What do you like most — and least — about your law school?
• What goals have you set for yourself as a lawyer?
• What led you to our firm? What have you found attractive about this firm and others?
• What areas of the law interest you most? Why?