Nail Your Law Job Interview [NOOK Book]


"Nail Your Law Job Interview is well written and wonderfully comprehensive. It provides specific examples, directions, and instructions in every aspect of finding a law job. Although it's written for the new grad, experienced lawyers will benefit from it too."
-Judi Perkins, the Renegade Job Coach

"Nail Your Law Job Interview comprehensively explains the nuances of interviewing in the law sector. Mini-case studies and the authors' own ...

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"Nail Your Law Job Interview is well written and wonderfully comprehensive. It provides specific examples, directions, and instructions in every aspect of finding a law job. Although it's written for the new grad, experienced lawyers will benefit from it too."
-Judi Perkins, the Renegade Job Coach

"Nail Your Law Job Interview comprehensively explains the nuances of interviewing in the law sector. Mini-case studies and the authors' own experiences enhance their advice...and provide excellent and little-known information. No aspiring attorney should be without this book."
-Katharine Hansen, PhD, creative director of Quintessential Careers, and author of Top Notch Executive Resumes

Law students, laterals, government lawyers, and even senior in-house attorneys often make costly mistakes during interviews. Nail Your Law Job Interview provides tips, examples, and substantive advice on different kinds of job interviews. It is the only comprehensive interview book for lawyers.

Through real-life examples and tips from hundreds of prominent legal professionals, this book reveals successful interview strategies, insider perspectives, and bold moves.

Topics include:

• Unique challenges facing foreign and "involuntary" job applicants.
• Questions not to ask and answers to avoid.
• Body language, gap-fillers, and effective interview questions.
• What to wear, what to bring, and how to do your homework.
• Lunch interview etiquette.
• Dealing with inappropriate questions and arrogant interviewers.
• Tips for working with a headhunter and negotiating an offer.

Nail Your Law JobInterview is a must-have for every candidate who hopes to obtain a legal position in today's legal market!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601638182
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/9/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 762 KB

Meet the Author

Natalie Prescott joined Latham & Watkins LLP in San Diego, California, following a federal clerkship. She holds a BA, summa cum laude, from the University of Southern Mississippi; an MA from Tulane University; and a JD, cum laude, from Duke University School of Law. In addition to numerous publications and speaking engagements, Prescott serves on Duke Alumni Admissions interviewing committee.

Oleg Cross is an attorney with Cooley Godward Kronish LLP in San Diego, California. He holds a BA, magna cum laude, from Abilene Christian University, and a JD and LLM from Duke University School of Law. He frequently writes and speaks on various emerging legal issues. In 2007, the San Diego Daily Transcript named Cross one of the city's best lawyers.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Part I Getting Started

Chapter 1 How to Network With Ease 17

Chapter 2 Timing Is Everything 23

Chapter 3 How to Do Your Homework 29

Chapter 4 What to Bring 37

Chapter 5 What to Wear 43

Chapter 6 How to Sell Yourself Effectively 53

Chapter 7 Body Language and Demeanor 57

Part II Tackling the Questions

Chapter 8 Questions to Ask 65

Chapter 9 What Not to Ask 73

Chapter 10 Limited Disclosure 79

Chapter 11 Gap-Fillers for Awkward Moments 83

Chapter 12 Answering Inappropriate or Illegal Questions 87

Part III Interviewing Etiquette Do's and Don'ts

Chapter 13 Bold Moves 97

Chapter 14 Rude Behavior 103

Chapter 15 Discussing Law, Politics, and Religion 107

Chapter 16 Dealing With Arrogant Interviewers 111

Chapter 17 Lunch, Dinner, and Retreat Interviews 117

Part IV Interview Scenarios Throughout Your Career

Chapter 18 Big Firms vs. Small Firms 127

Chapter 19 On-Campus Interviews 133

Chapter 20 Callback Interviews and Thank-You Letters 137

Chapter 21 Interviewing for 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls 141

Chapter 22 Clerkship Interviews 151

Chapter 23 Government Interviews 159

Chapter 24 Lateral Interviews 165

Chapter 25 Going In-House 173

Part V Special Situations

Chapter 26 Tips for Using a Headhunter 185

Chapter 27 Interviewing in a Bad Economy or After Getting Fired 193

Chapter 28 Dealing With Rejection 199

Chapter 29 Negotiating an Offer 203

Chapter 30 Unique Challenges for Foreign Applicants 211

Index 217

About the Authors 223

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    Nail Your Law Job Interview was a disappointment. I was psyched for this book because it had sections dedicated to practicing lawyers and was not written strictly for law students like other books I have seen or read. Unfortunately, this book really did not provide any substance or insight. Much of what the authors did in this book was to state the obvious and waste the readers time. Most or all interview books will tell you how to dress on an interview but to waste so many precious pages in a short book to explain that legal employers are conservative was annoying. If a law student or lawyer does not know that before reading this book, than that person needs a lot more help than any book can provide.

    Many if not all of the generalizations provided in this book could be found in articles on the internet. I wanted a book that would help me formulate responses to tough questions, which this book just didn't do.

    I suggest reading Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams instead. Although written for law students, Guerilla Tactics does a much better job of helping the reader formulate answers to questions that prospective employers want to hear by explaining what the interviewer is really trying to inquire about with particular questions. This process of thoroughly explaining what the interviewer is seeking with particular questions helps the reader that particular question but with other questions as well because the reader develops the mindset needed to respond properly to questions asked at interviews.

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