AreJay711 wrote:I could see this helping but if the interviewer found out it would absolutely be a ding and that might make you even more nervous.
I don't think that's right. There's a ton of drinking in big law, and I doubt that many lawyers care if an interviewee has a single drink beforehand. Even if someone "found out," it likely wouldn't matter.
I had a callback last year where lunch was first, followed by the interviews. A couple of the associates ordered drinks at lunch, and I ordered one as well. It didn't seem like anyone cared. My subsequent interviews went well.
You should not, of course, show up drunk to any interview at a law firm. But if having a drink beforehand will make you a better interviewer, then do it.