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bankers turned lawyers - interview questions

Postby ruski » Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:22 pm

i have a banking/finance background and during interviews i find i keep getting grilled on why i would leave finance for law. i was just wondering how other students coming from the business sector handle such questions. my honest reason is that i dont want to be working in finance now for obvious reasons and that i would have been stuck in middle office and also i did not want an mba. obviously i can't really say this. i've used a variety of bs but they all seem skeptical. i've said that i've spoken to attorneys who were like mentors to me, that i took undergrad law classes, that i enjoy the type of work involved, etc. (expanding on each one of these of course) but i dont know i just dont think they buy it. so just was curious on other people's experience with this.


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Re: bankers turned lawyers - interview questions

Postby bahama » Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:41 pm

If you can, the way I would try and spin it is that what you are doing has been the plan all along. This is what all the liberal arts majors who went to law school when they realized they couldn't get a good job with their BA are saying.

It would work something like this:
You were really interested in your law related classes/activities as an undergrad but wanted some real world work experience before applying to law school. Give an example.

You thought finance would be a good choice because it would prepare you best to be a corporate transactional type lawyer - then you can emphasize some of the knowledge/skills/experience you have from this that will help at XYZ Law Firm.

I'm a career switcher too and am definately interested in what anyone else has to say or what has worked for others.


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Re: bankers turned lawyers - interview questions

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Re: bankers turned lawyers - interview questions

Postby Renzo » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:39 am

sophie316 wrote:

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