Do tech companies hire law school grads?

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Do tech companies hire law school grads?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:54 pm

Do tech companies like google, apple, etc hire law school grads? Has anyone ever gotten a summer or full time job with them before right out of law school? How do you do it? Do you just do their online application (which seems to lead no where all the time). Is it all about knowing the right people?

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Re: Do tech companies hire law school grads?

Postby ajr » Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:50 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Do tech companies like google, apple, etc hire law school grads? Has anyone ever gotten a summer or full time job with them before right out of law school? How do you do it? Do you just do their online application (which seems to lead no where all the time). Is it all about knowing the right people?

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Possible but quite rare because they don't usually train fresh grads. The best way to do it is to have worked for them in an engineering role before for a decent amount of time.

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Re: Do tech companies hire law school grads?

Postby acrossthelake » Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:52 pm

If you want to go in-house at a major tech corporation, you usually need to have put in your dues with a few years in biglaw first (or some equivalent).

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Re: Do tech companies hire law school grads?

Postby spicyyoda17 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:29 pm

I work at a tech company and all of our attorneys practiced law elsewhere before coming here.

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Re: Do tech companies hire law school grads?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:51 pm

Lots of tech companies out here in Silicon Valley hire grads straight out of school. It's not extremely common, but not extremely rare either. I do know that Google has hired people straight from law school.

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Re: Do tech companies hire law school grads?

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Anonymous User wrote:Lots of tech companies out here in Silicon Valley hire grads straight out of school. It's not extremely common, but not extremely rare either. I do know that Google has hired people straight from law school.

which ones?

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Re: Do tech companies hire law school grads?

Postby ajr » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:02 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Lots of tech companies out here in Silicon Valley hire grads straight out of school. It's not extremely common, but not extremely rare either. I do know that Google has hired people straight from law school.


When they do this there is usually a specific pre-law school experience they find useful in you. Most common is technical expertise. If you have that experience to begin with, this might be a worthwhile option to explore. If not it could be quite frustrating.

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Re: Do tech companies hire law school grads?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:29 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Lots of tech companies out here in Silicon Valley hire grads straight out of school. It's not extremely common, but not extremely rare either. I do know that Google has hired people straight from law school.

which ones?


I know that HP has a program where they hire straight from school. No technical experience required. I've seen job listings from Lattice Semiconductor for people with technical backgrounds straight out of law school. I've also seen listings, or heard of people, for Yelp, Zynga, Symantec, Pandora, and lots of other companies. You might want to see if Santa Clara publishes a list of where their students work. I think they send a lot more to in-house companies than most other schools due to their location.

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Re: Do tech companies hire law school grads?

Postby Sgtpeppernyc » Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:23 am

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Re: Do tech companies hire law school grads?

Postby neonx » Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:05 am

I summered at HP. They hire straight out.

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Re: Do tech companies hire law school grads?

Postby r6_philly » Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:30 pm

neonx wrote:I summered at HP. They hire straight out.


Hey what's up!

What capacity/department do they hire into straight out?

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Re: Do tech companies hire law school grads?

Postby Lincoln » Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:44 pm

neonx wrote:I summered at HP. They hire straight out.


HP is the only tech company I know of that still does this.

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Re: Do tech companies hire law school grads?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:03 am

HP and Google have summer programs. Google takes 1L's. I think HP takes 1L's and 2L's. Google's team doesn't hire out of their program - its more to build connections for people who may want to work there later on. However, they have made some exceptions for exceptional students and hired them straight out of school. I believe the HP program's goal is to hire students and train them to think as business attorneys who take appropriate risks instead of law firm attorneys who minimize all risks.

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Re: Do tech companies hire law school grads?

Postby Genki » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:32 am

I worked for one of the large Silicon Valley software companies in their legal department for a few years before law school.

While I was there, they did hire a handful of law school grads. However, they were not being hired for the same positions as the new hires that were coming into the company with firm experience. Several of the law school grads that were hired directly ended up doing work that was more or less the same as the work I was doing. Every single attorney I worked with (both those that joined the company directly after law school and those that worked in a firm for several years before joining the company) suggested working at a firm for at least 2 years before moving in house.

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Re: Do tech companies hire law school grads?

Postby clintone88 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:20 pm

I've heard of semiconductor companies that hire IP attorneys straight out, and even 2L -> grad. Namely, lattice and mentor graphics.




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