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nickb285
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Informational Meetings with Attorneys

Postby nickb285 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:38 pm

I'm meeting with a few attorneys in my home market over the break to do a sort of "tell me about your job" thing. These are people my parents have worked with or I otherwise had some connection to. One is a partner at a large regional firm, others are in-house counsel or similar. It's not a job interview situation, but obviously if I happen to hit it off with one of them it could lead to an interview or at least notice of an opening at some point, plus some of them work with my parents, so I don't want to come across as a jackass. I have a few questions in mind, but thought I'd see what sorts of things other people generally asked in this sort of situation.

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Re: Informational Meetings with Attorneys

Postby the_phoenix612 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:28 pm

nickb285 wrote:I'm meeting with a few attorneys in my home market over the break to do a sort of "tell me about your job" thing. These are people my parents have worked with or I otherwise had some connection to. One is a partner at a large regional firm, others are in-house counsel or similar. It's not a job interview situation, but obviously if I happen to hit it off with one of them it could lead to an interview or at least notice of an opening at some point, plus some of them work with my parents, so I don't want to come across as a jackass. I have a few questions in mind, but thought I'd see what sorts of things other people generally asked in this sort of situation.

Just make it a conversation. They'll typically be very forthcoming with their advice, their career story, etc, and so it's usually best not to force it. I always tried to have a few basic intro questions: "Why did you choose XYZ firm/practice area/geographic reason," "What classes did you like best in law school" etc.

But don't go in there with a script. You'll end up ruining the conversation and won't make any kind of connection worth having.




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