Anonymous User wrote:Do you guys think I am shooting myself in the foot? I worked at a decent litigation firm over the summer. I have tons of corporate courses. I want to do corporate law. Now that I am applying to firms as a 3L, I am saying that I want to do corporate law... does that raise red flags with my litigation-oriented summer? I certainly prefer corporate to litigation, but would take litigation over unemployment any day.
Nah, you can easily say:
"Well I was originally interested in corporate law, so I focused my coursework on corporate practice. I had an opportunity to summer for a litigation firm, so I give it a shot so I could be certain which side of things I'd rather be on. After my summer experience, which I appreciated, I can firmly say that I want to be a corporate lawyer."
That's rough, obviously, so you'd want to practice that answer before going into interviews. But it should be something you're comfortable and confident saying in EVERY interview for a corporate position, whether it is directly asked or not. You should also be sure to indicate your preference in your letter. Hell, I even explain in my cover letter why I'm not going back to the firm I summered at so they know that I'm not just looking for leverage to negotiate with that firm and actually want to work for the firm I'm applying to.
Speaking of, but unrelated:
The girl I clerked with this summer blew my mind the other day. She wasn't pre-selected for a firm that was close in size/reputation/practice areas as the firm we summered at, but got lotteried into an interview slot (our school does half pre-selected half-lottery for all OCI firms). After the interview she text me and said "Hey, I know why neither of us got pre-selected for that firm... The first question they asked me was "So, would you go back to [summer firm] if they offered you a job?" LOL OMG I had no idea what to say, can you believe that???"
I was speechless. The thought that she not only DIDN'T COMPLETELY EXPECT that to be a question in the interview, but was actually TAKEN ABACK that they would ask her that just shocked me. I mean, come on...