Tag Archive: interviews

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Law School Interviews: The First of Many to Come

The other day, I started thinking about the number of interviews I’ve participated in as part of my legal education and career thus far. In total, I think the number is somewhere around 75 in the last four years. For those of you applying this cycle, you may have your first taste of this never-ending cycle of interviews in the coming months. Increasingly, it seems, schools are interviewing applicants prior to making a decision on their applications.

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Real-Life On-Campus Interview Nightmares

It’s job season for rising 2Ls. It’s a stressful time for pretty much anyone. But, I’ve been hearing a lot of hilarious stories, so I’m going to share some with you.

The Ronald Reagan Library

I was interviewing with a big firm in the City. They’re known for being especially left leaning in an industry that’s itself very liberal to begin with. So I walk into a partner’s office for my second interview of the day, and there’s presidential memorabilia everywhere. Pez dispensers, bobble heads, buttons, and a huge map marked with what are probably the birthplaces of US presidents.

She asks me, “So, where’re you from?” I tell her I’m from this small town in California.

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Three Tips for Law School Interviews

The law school application process is largely impersonal (apart from your personal statement, obviously). For the most part, you will not have any personal contact with the admissions officers or anyone else in charge of deciding your fate. The main exception to this rule is admission interviews. Most schools don’t conduct interviews; of the 17 schools I applied to (yes, that’s too many), I was interviewed a total of four times. But while interviews are as rare and elusive as the California condor, it is still important to know how to approach them if need be.

1. Do Your Research
The interview is a great opportunity to show that you are uniquely interested in a particular school. To show this interest, it is important to make sure you can talk intelligently about the salient features of the school that you find attractive.

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Applying to Law School: If I Did It (Again)

Less than one year ago, I was taking a Blueprint course in preparation for the October LSAT; this week, I am beginning my introductory course at Columbia Law. While I could not be happier with how my cycle turned out, there are a few things I wish I had known going into the application process. I hope that you can benefit from my experiences and learn from my mistakes!

1. Keep Track of your Paperwork
As soon as you make an LSAC account, you’ll be inundated with a biblical-style flood of paperwork. I received close to one hundred separate marketing packets from law schools around the country. Every now and then, I would receive an envelope with information about a school to which I was actually planning on applying. Soon, I had a stack of papers about two feet high on a corner of my desk. Once I started getting accepted to schools, that stack grew even taller.