- Paperback: 130 pages
- Publisher: The Fine Print Press, Ltd. (January 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888960140
- ISBN-13: 978-1888960143
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.4 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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The Insider's Guide to Getting a Big Firm Job: What Every Law Student Should Know About Interviewing Paperback – January 15, 2009
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There are many interviewing guides out there, and frankly most of them are useless...at 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(Morten Lund Foley & Lardner LLP)
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There are currently no books specifically addressing how to land a big firm job out of law school. Most books for law students speak to how to get into law school, and how to succeed in law school, but none address how to get a lucrative job once law school is completed. This book addresses these vital areas: the secrets to obtaining a well-paying position as an attorney following graduation.
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Chapter titles include the following:
* How Are You Evaluated?
* Research Outside of OCI
* Bidding for Interviews
* How to Get that Call-Back
* What to Avoid at the On-Campus Interview
* Etiquette for the Meal
* Recruiting Events
* Handling Inappropriate Questions
* Choosing Among Offers
Finn and Olmon's book gives an excellent overview of the law firm interviewing process, which can be invaluable information particularly for law students who don't have a parent, relative, or close friend who is an attorney, but also for those would could simply use more tips and pointers.
I give this book five stars and highly recommend it to anyone embarking on the search for a big law firm job. Even if you understand the basic workings of the OCI system, The Insider's Guide to Getting a Big Firm Job offers a valuable peek into the minds of recruiters and interviewers and tells you exactly what you need to do to make yourself stand out and snag that job.
Let me be clear: This is an excellent book. When reading it, I groan inside at the recollection of interviewees over the years, many of whom would have benefited tremendously from this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is even remotely considering a BigLaw job. And, frankly, most people interviewing for just about any job would stand to benefit. The specifics will vary, of course, but the underlying principles will apply to almost any job seeker.
These days, that is nothing to scoff at.
Keep in mind, then, that this book was written during the "good times," when BigLaw jobs were easy to get (relatively speaking). That means that the advice in the book is drastically more important now than it was just a few years ago - and it was pretty darn essential even then. So when reading, remember that the steps recommended by the authors were what they thought appropriate when firms were aggressively hiring. In the current down market, I would suggest taking all the recommendations and ratcheting them up a notch or two.
Take this book, and the authors' advice, very seriously.
internship during my second year of law school. Because I'd already
found firms and landed a few interviews, I focused mostly on the
sections about interviewing. I found the book to be very valuable
with tips and insights on how to approach the whole interview process.
I really think most law students don't reach their full potential
because they don't prepare for their interviews. This book will help.
It helped me--I landed a very good job using the advice from the
book. I also loved the section that contained sample cover letters
and resumes--you think those are easy to write but they're not, and
this book has some great tips and samples to help in that process.
I would have liked to have seen more about networking and alternative
methods for getting jobs. Much of the book is focused on on-campus
interviews, and those are hard to come by for most law students. I
also didn't care for the chapter about applying for jobs as a 3L: I
know that you can get a good job this way, but I felt a sense of
hopelessness in this chapter, that if I didn't get a job as a 2L it
was pretty much over. Other than that, the book was great. I've read
a lot of law school prep books and books on interviewing at law firms
and this is one of the best.