solidsnake wrote:Matthies wrote:
So in an interview you say I want to work for you because you all have a great environmental practice and have done some of the largest water law cases in the state. (my premise I want to work for YOU) I was on an environmental law review. I wrote an article about Jones vs. Day on the issue of X and Y in water rights. I've been a member of the bar water law subcommittee in for Z years. I've written a few seminar papers on this or that emerging issue in water law. I'd like to part of your firm because i know your heavily involved in the water law community and on the cutting edge of establishing new trends and I'd like to continue my research, comminutey involvement and publications while with your firm (so here is WHy I want to work for you and WHY I am the best candidate for you by showing you what i plan to do for YOU that others won't or may not metion)
While this sounds like great advice for a lateral or perhaps even a 3L, most rising 2Ls have not yet had the opportunity to engage in the type of activities that you consider to be showing a demonstrated interest. My 1L curriculum was entirely mandatory, and no journal participation is allowed until 2L year begins (a week after OCI ends). Notwithstanding any relevant 1L internship, the most people in my position can "offer" a firm at 2L OCI is something like "zOMG I got a bunch of As in a reasonably decent law school. This SHOWS that I'm at least not both stupid and lazy." I think steve_nash's post above speaks to that.
I used me as an example, just becuase its easier to think about what i would say/be interviewing than somome i have never met. But your right, if you lack these things then find things you do have. Did you do well in legal writing, does the firm do a lot of litigation did you do any moot court comps 1st year? Intrest in property they did a zoing case you read about. Something, anything mor than sitting there passivly in an interview spewing back everything from thier website that the guy before and after you is going to do is the point. Everyone has something they can turn into a hook to make the interview more memerable 9to you it will be becuase your doing maybe what 3-4 a day) they maybe doing 50 in three days, all of who had the same 1L experince you did and studied the same website.