While most of us are looking forward to enjoying the last few weeks of summer as much as possible, life is not so different for rising 2Ls and law firm recruiting teams. On-campus interviews are in full swing at law schools around the country and some students are already preparing for callbacks: second interviews with a law firm that may last anywhere from a couple hours to a full day. To get in the spirit of this crazed season, I took a look at some interview questions that the Top Ten firms on the Vault 100 list ask summer associate candidates. Vault collected these from associates who took our Law Survey earlier this year; associates either reported having been asked these questions when they were interviewing, or reported that they pose these questions to candidates.
These examples may not require the same kind of studying as consulting case interviews or finance “guesstimate” problems, but don’t underestimate the need to prepare meticulously for law firm interviews. For interview questions by firm, visit the “Vault’s Verdict” tab of that firm’s profile.
Happy OCI season!
When it comes to finding a career in the legal industry, one of the most important decisions prospective lawyers can make is choosing the right summer associate program. Vault’s annual Summer Program rankings, released along with the Quality of Life rankings, highlight the firms that receive rave reviews from junior attorneys when it comes to providing a stellar summer experience.
On November 3rd, Firsthand will be hosting its second annual Diversity & Inclusion in Internships Virtual Career Fair. Those who attend will gain exclusive insider access to top internships and employers, including the opportunity to engage with representatives from a number of employers.
You’ve spent three years in law school—and perhaps some time practicing law—and realize now that the idea of spending time in a courtroom, reviewing contracts, poring over financial statements, taking depositions, dealing with clients, going toe-to-toe with opposing counsel, or keeping track of billable hours turns your stomach. And this isn’t merely a passing phase, but a certainty—you do not want to practice law.