.

(On Campus Interviews, Summer Associate positions, Firm Reviews, Tips, ...)
Forum rules
Anonymous Posting

Anonymous posting is only appropriate when you are revealing sensitive employment related information about a firm, job, etc. You may anonymously respond on topic to these threads. Unacceptable uses include: harassing another user, joking around, testing the feature, or other things that are more appropriate in the lounge.

Failure to follow these rules will get you outed, warned, or banned.
Anonymous User
Posts: 273183
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

.

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:46 pm

.
Last edited by Anonymous User on Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:51 am, edited 2 times in total.

User avatar
174
Posts: 183
Joined: Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:03 am

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby 174 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:53 pm

Anonymous User wrote:0L here, starting this Sept.

Ever since my admission I've been reading through
some of the threads in this forum and noticed that
work experience seems to be pretty important these days,
especially for OCI.

The problem for me is that I have a bunch of internships (three) but no real work experience.

So I was wondering what one talks about during OCI
if you don't have much to say regarding work experience.

Is there somewhere in this forum where you can see a list
of questions that employers usually ask?
Do the questions consist mainly of "fit questions"?

Some insight would help!

Thanks!


1) Abuse of anon.
2) 0L's don't belong in the legal employment forum.

You'll talk about your 1L summer work.

roranoa
Posts: 588
Joined: Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:18 am

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby roranoa » Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:07 pm

You'll talk about your 1L summer work.



What do you talk about when you interview for your 1L summer work?

User avatar
nealric
Posts: 2391
Joined: Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:53 am

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby nealric » Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:16 pm

Understand that most of the interviewers aren't trained interviewers like you might be used to at other jobs (especially large corporations). While a minority of firms will send the hiring partner to OCI, most just send whoever is available at the time. Therefore, the questions run the gambit. Some interviewers just want to talk about baseball, others will ask tough questions.

All you can do to prepare is get to know the firm and try to be as likable as possible without coming off as over-enthusiastic or desperate (or of course, under-enthusiastic).

roranoa
Posts: 588
Joined: Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:18 am

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby roranoa » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:37 am

Bump, can anyone else give more insight on what kind of things are talked about during 1L summer interviews?

theanswer
Posts: 27
Joined: Fri Sep 18, 2009 2:49 pm

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby theanswer » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:51 am

i would also like to know more about this. for instance, do they ask you about your LSAT?

User avatar
TTH
Posts: 10378
Joined: Mon May 04, 2009 1:14 am

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby TTH » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:53 am

Anonymous User wrote:Bump, can anyone else give more insight on what kind of things are talked about during 1L summer interviews?


It's pretty standard stuff, and a good introduction to whoring and demeaning yourself. Watch any audition-themed porn and you'll get an idea of how it goes.

roranoa
Posts: 588
Joined: Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:18 am

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby roranoa » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:55 am

It's pretty standard stuff, and a good introduction to whoring and demeaning yourself. Watch any audition-themed porn and you'll get an idea of how it goes.


This isn't even clever or funny.

paulinaporizkova
Posts: 2494
Joined: Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:25 pm

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby paulinaporizkova » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:56 am

theanswer wrote:i would also like to know more about this. for instance, do they ask you about your LSAT?


lol.

User avatar
dood
Posts: 1639
Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:59 am

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby dood » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:29 am

nealric wrote:Understand that most of the interviewers aren't trained interviewers like you might be used to at other jobs (especially large corporations). While a minority of firms will send the hiring partner to OCI, most just send whoever is available at the time. Therefore, the questions run the gambit. Some interviewers just want to talk about baseball, others will ask tough questions.

All you can do to prepare is get to know the firm and try to be as likable as possible without coming off as over-enthusiastic or desperate (or of course, under-enthusiastic).


the above is spot on. during ur CB u might be asked moar HR large corp Qs, but for a 15 min screener the dude prolly wants to discuss sports.

PROTIP #1: read the WSJ the day before and the morning of.

PROTIP #2: read the attorney's profile if available. make a connection so he remembers u.

User avatar
dood
Posts: 1639
Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:59 am

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby dood » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:29 am

paulinaporizkova wrote:
theanswer wrote:i would also like to know more about this. for instance, do they ask you about your LSAT?


lol.


tbf, the judge i interned for 1L year asked me for my LSAT score.

nigelfrost
Posts: 122
Joined: Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:42 pm

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby nigelfrost » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:35 am

theanswer wrote:i would also like to know more about this. for instance, do they ask you about your LSAT?


No.

Q1. Why are you interested in our firm?
Q2. Would you be willing to work here for free?

End thread.

User avatar
burtonrideclub
Posts: 165
Joined: Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:10 pm

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby burtonrideclub » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:46 am

This is just for 1l firm interviews, can't speak to OCI.

At my 20 minute screeners, we talked about college football for about 18 of those minutes with probably 80 percent of my interviewers. The remaining 2 minutes they talked about themselves in response to questions.

At my 30 minute callbacks, we talked about college football for 25 of those 30 minutes. The remaining 5 minutes they talked about themselves in response to questions.

Can't speak to where you're from, but if you are trying to work in Houston or Dallas don't worry about the wall street journal, just worry about everything that happened in the offseason for UT football.

User avatar
Big Shrimpin
Posts: 2468
Joined: Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:35 pm

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby Big Shrimpin » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:50 am

Anonymous User wrote:0L here


LOL

Anonymous User wrote: I've been reading through some of the threads in this forum


LOL, really? Your questions have not only been asked and answered on TLS, but also on teh internetz. Google is a GREAT place to start, should one be looking for potential legal interview questions.

As a more general matter, these threads never cease to amaze me. To be sure, at this time the next generation of TLSers, rife with questions, is preparing to shift and replace the previous 1L/2L classes. Yet, we're all (purportedly) going into a profession that hinges in part upon one's ability to do research and come up with answers to both asked and unasked questions.

OP, I want to see you succeed, so flex dem resurching skillz.

paulinaporizkova
Posts: 2494
Joined: Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:25 pm

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby paulinaporizkova » Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:25 pm

i'm not sure, but probably a/s/l?

User avatar
vanwinkle
Posts: 9740
Joined: Sun Dec 21, 2008 3:02 am

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby vanwinkle » Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:33 pm

roranoa wrote:0L here, starting this Sept.

None of this needed to be anon. 0Ls should not be using the anon feature without very good reason.

sperry
Posts: 137
Joined: Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:52 pm

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby sperry » Tue Feb 08, 2011 2:17 pm

Out of countless screening interviews I did, every single one asked about my summer employment and what kind of work I did for my employers. Basically a little idle chit chat about whatever I had down as interest on the resume, then every single one left abotu 5-10 minutes for "what can I tell you about my firm", which is basically where you show you did your research on the firm. Most also asked why I wanted to work in the city their office was in.


As far as I can tell from personal experience + collective wisdom of my classmates and TLS, the screeners are basically to determine if you're a normal person or not. The overwhelming majority of people will simply be normal interviews, for whom resume + grades will determine whether there is a callback. A few people will be some exceptional combination of outgoing, charming, good looking, + whatever else makes for a "great" interview, and will get callbacks that they maybe shouldn't based on objective factors. Then you have a people people who are total spazzes, or obese, or tell a racist joke, or some other unlikely thing to get them auto dinged because the interviewer really doesn't like them.

User avatar
achilles
Posts: 160
Joined: Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:08 am

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby achilles » Tue Feb 08, 2011 2:46 pm

burtonrideclub wrote:Can't speak to where you're from, but if you are trying to work in Houston or Dallas don't worry about the wall street journal, just worry about everything that happened in the offseason for UT football.


Yikes, must add "studying football" to my 0L plans

theanswer
Posts: 27
Joined: Fri Sep 18, 2009 2:49 pm

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby theanswer » Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:08 pm

vanwinkle wrote:
roranoa wrote:0L here, starting this Sept.

None of this needed to be anon. 0Ls should not be using the anon feature without very good reason.



there is no rule against non law students posting anonymously. what are you talking about?

User avatar
mightyaphrodite
Posts: 68
Joined: Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:56 pm

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby mightyaphrodite » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:34 am

theanswer wrote:
vanwinkle wrote:
roranoa wrote:0L here, starting this Sept.

None of this needed to be anon. 0Ls should not be using the anon feature without very good reason.



there is no rule against non law students posting anonymously. what are you talking about?



Please learn how to read -- preferably the large tan banner at the top of the page.

Anonymous posting is only appropriate when you are revealing sensitive employment related information about a firm, job, clerkship, etc. You may anonymously respond on topic to these threads. Unacceptable uses include: harassing another user, joking around, testing the feature, or other things that are more appropriate in the lounge.

Failure to follow these rules will get you outed, warned, or banned.


If you're a 0L, there's no sensitive employment-related information. hth.


OP: You shouldn't be worrying about this stuff now. It's borderline nutty. You're doing OCI when? Fall 2012?

roranoa
Posts: 588
Joined: Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:18 am

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby roranoa » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:40 am

OP: You shouldn't be worrying about this stuff now. It's borderline nutty. You're doing OCI when? Fall 2012?


I'm worried because I'm not currently working and the fact that I will be starting law school without any significant work experience makes me wonder what kind of things I would need to talk about during interviews for 1L summer jobs.

User avatar
mightyaphrodite
Posts: 68
Joined: Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:56 pm

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby mightyaphrodite » Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:45 am

Anonymous User wrote:
OP: You shouldn't be worrying about this stuff now. It's borderline nutty. You're doing OCI when? Fall 2012?


I'm worried because I'm not currently working and the fact that I will be starting law school without any significant work experience makes me wonder what kind of things I would need to talk about during interviews for 1L summer jobs.


Yes, and roughly the majority of law students are in the same position you are. Legal jobs aren't a mysterious entity. Through 1L and 2L hiring, I was asked basically the same questions that I was asked in any other job interview for any other type of position. The only difference was that they did occasionally ask what my favorite law school class was.

Even still, you have almost a year until you need to think about that stuff. Try to enjoy your last days of freedom.

User avatar
vanwinkle
Posts: 9740
Joined: Sun Dec 21, 2008 3:02 am

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby vanwinkle » Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:23 pm

theanswer wrote:
vanwinkle wrote:
roranoa wrote:0L here, starting this Sept.

None of this needed to be anon. 0Ls should not be using the anon feature without very good reason.

there is no rule against non law students posting anonymously. what are you talking about?

The rule is that the anon feature is for sensitive legal employment information. If you're not a law student and you're not a law grad, then it's highly unlikely that you actually possess any sensitive information. As was noted above, the rule is posted in the large orange (or tan, or whatever you call it) banner at the top of the screen in the Legal Employment forum.

Also, there is a rule against debating use of the anon feature in these threads. Please see viewtopic.php?f=23&t=130748 and follow it.

Discussion of the anon feature should stop. Any misuse of it should also stop. Violators may be banned. Thank you for your cooperation.

mjustice
Posts: 9
Joined: Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:37 am

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby mjustice » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:32 pm

Even though it is quite simple to research typical interview questions, I'll just list some topics and questions that came up frequently during on campus interviews (in no particular order):

- So tell me about [1L summer internship]. There was often substantial discussion of this, including "how did you get that internship?"
- What's your Note Topic? Why did you pick X Journal?
- Why this firm? [always came up, except in callbacks]
- How did you end up at X lawchool from Y State? [Basically, why did you go to law school in this city, and why should we think you are planning on staying in this city?] They seemed to want to know if I was going to stay in this city or if I would rather move somewhere else.
- Why did you go to law school? Why did you go to this particular law school?

These are just a few.

User avatar
beach_terror
Posts: 7237
Joined: Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:01 pm

Re: What kind of questions come up during OCI?

Postby beach_terror » Wed Feb 09, 2011 3:21 pm

HEY, ZORO




Return to “Legal Employment”

Who is online

The online users are hidden on this forum.