igo2northwestern wrote:hmmm, not a biglaw associate, but if I were in your position, I'd ask about clerking -- how it's viewed (try to somehow figure out whether there are two tracks. Clerks and non-clerks). This is assuming, of course, that you're open to the idea.
Also, it probably goes without saying that you need to build up to a lot of your questions. For instance, some people in biglaw are a bit touchy about the milestone question. And for the summer training thing, start by asking whether they summered there in the first place. You probably knew a lot of this/would figure it out anyways, so I won't say more. Best luck on those info interviews. Great way to not only get info but also name-drop when the real thing happens.
Good advice. Interesting that milestone questions are touchy, I would not think that. Will some people reach milestones before others based on merit, or is it more lockstep? If the former, I could see it being touchy if I am talking to someone who hasn't done a dep when all her friends have, or something like that.
RC fail. I missed the "informational" qualifier on your question.
I personally think informational interviews aren't super helpful (too forced/fake to get unbiased info) but I guess it might help choosing between firms when constructing a bid list.
You should ask how practice areas are viewed in the firm (big lit/transaction buckets or very specific niches), what practice areas are growing, if/how they are assigned to new attorneys, and how common switching areas is.
I haven't done one yet so no idea how helpful they are. Since I am targeting SF I have barely met a single person with any real experience in those firms. They seldom come to NU. So this is really the only way I can attempt to distinguish otherwise peer firms before potential callbacks.
Thanks for the advice on the questions, I'll definitely ask some of those.