Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:@ pro bono guy, you wouldn't happen to be an 0L or a fresh new 1L would you? Maybe you should just listen to the V15 partner when he implies that asking about pro bono opportunities is a really, really bad idea at a callback.
You can think that sucks all you want and bitch about the big firms operate, but don't question the fuckin partner's assertion that it's an awful question.
lol. i think everyone understands what the partner said. the question is why is it bad, which you seem to be unable to comprehend.
and y u mad tho? lawlz
Listen dude, you clearly aren't getting it. If a V15 partner/OCI interviewer thinks it's a bad question, that is more than reason enough to make it a bad question. I'll spell it out for you. The point of the callback is to get an offer. Asking questions that your interviewer considers bad make it less likely that you will get an offer. At least one OCI interviewer considers asking about pro bono opportunities a bad question. Therefore, as there are dozens of questions that are innocuous to the point that they could not illicit a negative response from any interviewer, asking about the firm's pro bono opportunities is a bad question.
We can come to this conclusion even without assuming that 1) many other interviewers would share OP's negative response to this question and 2) the way that OP used asking about pro bono opportunities as an example of a question you shouldn't ask at a callback implies that he not only considers it a bad question, but a terrible one. Both of these are assumptions are pretty obvious.
Now, I think what you mean to ask is why asking about pro bono opportunities would illicit negative responses from OP. My guess would be that many interviewers are well aware that many law students use their law firms as a way to jump start their careers/pay off loans before jumping to public interest or government work. Asking about pro bono opportunities could be construed as a sign that the interviewee is just such an individual, and is thus a huge flight risk. Because being a huge flight risk is not a good thing from an interviewers perspective, this would be my explanation as to why asking about pro bono opportunities is considered a bad question by the OP.
But we don't even need to get to this speculation on my part. If an experienced OCI recruiter is using a question about pro bono opportunities as an example of a question that you shouldn't ask at a callback interview, then it isn't a good question. If you had problems following my reasoning, i'd be more then happy to draw a picture to help you understand where i'm coming from.