answering the "practice area" question at OCI

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answering the "practice area" question at OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:11 pm

For those of you who really want to do transactional, are you still going with that or are you hedging your bets by saying you're interested in litigation in the hope that there will be a spot for you in a transactional team at the end of the summer? what do you think is the best way to answer the question, and how do you explain your course choices as fitting into that if they don't really line up?

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Re: answering the "practice area" question at OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:14 pm

Well, i went into law school wanting transactional... after 1L, I like litigation more than I did, but am leaning transactional still... I'm probably gonna say that, but also say that I'm looking for a firm that will let me explore both fields, so I don't pigeon hole myself in the wrong field, and present myself with all the options, to make myself the best lawyer in the best position for me, and the firm etc etc...

I don't think they expect you to have ur future mapped out already, so being unsure of what u want to do is fine. Note, if all ur courses are geared to one subject or the other, it may be more difficult to make that case.

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Re: answering the "practice area" question at OCI

Postby philo-sophia » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:17 pm

i'm sticking with my focus on transactional work. Even though there may be more plentiful jobs on the litigation side, I think i am a much more compelling candidate for transactional work. For instance, i am not doing a journal, but i am studying for the CFA. And my background is in finance so I can probably speak on such topics on a higher level than most 1L's. In litigation, i'd be comparatively clueless. Plus, I can just interview much better when I go head on with the stuff that genuinely interests me, rather than trying to hedge by sounding luke warm on anything that would pay.

For others, though, it may be a more fitting pitch to say that you're really interested in "financial law" but undecided exactly which dept is best for you.




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