Bildungsroman wrote:Is it as much of a sweatshop as everyone says? At the Quinn reception one Quinn lawyer even said that they're not a firm that talks about work/life balance.
I've worked at two law firms in my life. Both of them required a lot of work, but both were kind of notorious for that, so I'm not sure I have the perspective to really rate QE against its competitors in this regard. Every associate I've met is definitely working hard. I've been in on the weekend a couple times (for non-work reasons, like being an idiot and leaving my keys there) and ran into an associate (different associates) doing work there both times. I don't know if it's like that all the time for everyone (I expect not) but it's definitely a demanding place to be. I can't say if it's any more or less demanding than any other law firm - being an associate at a big law firm is a tough gig when it comes to hours. No, people don't talk about work/life balance, but I'm not sure any firm that does is being particularly honest. I will say that almost all the lawyers I've met are really interesting and cool people. I'd actually like to hang out with most of them outside of work hours, and that is saying something. There's definitely a certain culture to the firm, and so far I'm convinced that it fits me. As to what that culture is, it's something like, "be really chill in personal interaction, at least with the people on our side, but seriously want to compete (and win) when it comes to work."
Anonymous User wrote:Any tips for the application/interview process?
What office are you in?
Re question 2, nice try. Re question 1, I can only say what worked for me. I'd wanted the firm for a long time so knew a lot about them, but only let that show when asked about it (didn't flaunt it). I prepared particularly well for the interview - I read the student note of one of the associates who was supposed to interview me, then joked about how I was going to bomb the interview since she happened to not actually be the one interviewing me. I'd say they're looking for two things: good grades, and evidence that you would fit in with the firm culture. If you do indeed fit in with the firm culture, that shouldn't be too hard to show: smile a lot and be friendly in the interview, but also give your crocodile-wrestling experience a prominent place in your resume.