This is the third person I've heard who basically said "they didn't teach corporate law during 1L, only litigation, how can a firm expect me to know corporate?" The answer is that if you actually want corporate over litigation, you would have read The Big Short, read the WSJ/FT in school, and have gone to corporate/securities law events as a 1L. You can't just create a valid interest over night because you hated 1L litigation or got an interview with a corp/inv shop. I was asked several times about it on my CBs and even quizzed on current events in their industry at a handful of firms.
Sure you can. And rofl @ being "quizzed on current events in their industry."
Anonymous User wrote:
Is The Big Short really helpful?
Nope. I mean more useful than reading Harry Potter the week before your interview, but...
Barbarians at the Gates might be useful, but primarily for your own info. Although you never know - some of the lawyers in that book are still at big NYC firms, which can make for an interesting conversation starter!
In general, a basis for interest and curiosity
is enough of a sell for corporate work in NYC. You don't have to be an expert.
One of my favorite moments was asking a Cravath partner who was about 10 years older than god why he
picked Corporate. His answer?
"I knew I hated litigation, but I had no idea what corporate was."