Does BigLaw check references?

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Does BigLaw check references?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:30 pm

I'm seriously getting the feeling my public interest 1L supervisor REALLY doesn't like me. I haven't had any monumental screw ups, but how thoroughly do BigLaw firms check your references/past employers? I'd hate for my now past supervisor to hurt my chances over something I clearly never caught on to (I realize this sounds ridiculous, but at worst I did acceptable work and my supervisor was just always super stand off-ish).

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Re: Does BigLaw check references?

Postby IAFG » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:33 pm

Almost no one checks.

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Re: Does BigLaw check references?

Postby thsmthcrmnl » Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:18 pm

Covington checks references, I think.

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Re: Does BigLaw check references?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:48 pm

My 1L summer employer/reference (a state judge) told me he got a call about me from my 2L employer (~V50 firm). You never know.

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Re: Does BigLaw check references?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:20 am

When do firms ask for references? or is this just them calling the people you list as previous employers?

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Re: Does BigLaw check references?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:28 am

Anonymous User wrote:When do firms ask for references? or is this just them calling the people you list as previous employers?


SA at V50. Firm asked for 2 references; both were checked by a third party who also contacted my past employers.

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Re: Does BigLaw check references?

Postby unc0mm0n1 » Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:19 am

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Anonymous User wrote:When do firms ask for references? or is this just them calling the people you list as previous employers?


SA at V50. Firm asked for 2 references; both were checked by a third party who also contacted my past employers.


Guess I'm lucky, my 2L year I had double digit firm offers and no one asked for a reference. All the firms were Vault 100 firms but none of them were in New York so maybe that's why. I don't even remember anybody asking for references. When do they normally ask for this?

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Re: Does BigLaw check references?

Postby justicefishy » Sat Aug 03, 2013 5:41 am

unc0mm0n1 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:When do firms ask for references? or is this just them calling the people you list as previous employers?


SA at V50. Firm asked for 2 references; both were checked by a third party who also contacted my past employers.


Guess I'm lucky, my 2L year I had double digit firm offers and no one asked for a reference. All the firms were Vault 100 firms but none of them were in New York so maybe that's why. I don't even remember anybody asking for references. When do they normally ask for this?


Only interviews I have with references required are Covington DC and Arnold and Porter DC.

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Re: Does BigLaw check references?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:49 pm

Munger asks for and checks on references post-callback. I think Covington checks on references to determine who to give callbacks too.

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Re: Does BigLaw check references?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:57 pm

Paul, Weiss called my 1L firm and asked if I had received an offer.

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Re: Does BigLaw check references?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 03, 2013 5:25 pm

My V25 hired a third party to conduct a background check. I think they called two previous employers to confirm my work, because they bothered me about not being to reach those previous employers immediately.

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Re: Does BigLaw check references?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 04, 2013 12:30 pm

Paul Weiss checked my references.




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