Nail Your Law Job interview: The Essential Guide to Firm, Clerkship, Government, In-House, and Lateral Interviews

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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 ...

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Overview

"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!

Winner—Career category—2009 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year; Finalist—Career category—2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601630537
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 680,301
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    A must-have for young lawyers!

    Some of the advice in the book is common sense. But the majority of the chapters were very helpful. It seems the authors have researched each and every aspect of interviewing for lawyers. They also have addressed interviews from the perspectives of all kinds of employers - judges, in-house lawyers, large firm partners, and - most crucial for me - small firm attorneys.

    This book was the best investment I had made into my job search. I received 2 offers and actually went back to reach a chapter on "Negotiating Your Offer." I was so glad I had kept the book up to that point! Thanks to this book, not only did I get the job I wanted, but I was able to negotiate a slightly better compensation package and a small starting bonus which helped cover the relocation costs. I would recommend this to any young attorney (can't speak for more experienced lawyers though).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

    I WISH I WOULD HAVE HAD THIS BOOK SOONER!!!

    I read this book in one sitting. It was very enjoyable and had great important advice for any law student or lawyer. The advice in this book made sense and is invaluable! Unfortunately for me, I read this book after my interview and I know had I read this book first, I would have been more prepared to handle the pressure and I would have taken steps to prevent any foolish mishaps from occurring at the interview. This book is great and I will recommend it to any lawyers I know who are facing a job interview or even looking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2010

    you will find this book useful

    This book is an excellent guide for younger attorneys. I agree with previous reviewers - it is not directed to an older generation of lawyers, that's for sure. Associates, law students, clerkship applicants, foreign lawyers, and in-house job seekers will find it quiite useful, fun to read, and well researched. If you are in one of these categories, I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2009

    Not as great as description

    Most of this book is common sense, so if you are lacking that it will be good for you. Since the writers are from california, although they claim the information is good say for Boston, it is not at all. They are lacking the experience to write about that. It was a disappointment and a waste of limited funds during the job search. Nothing new in this book, sadly.

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