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Tip for Job Seekers:
From former candidates:
You took more time meeting with me, expended more effort placing me, and worked harder to make sure I was happy than I ever could have expected. You went farther than “the extra mile.” You earned my trust at our first meeting, and you earned my undying gratitude with your work from that date through my placement. You did not push me into anything; instead, you listened. You asked questions. You made sure I was happy with the “right fit” rather than just “any fit.” I felt, at all times, as though I was your only client, though I know you are very busy. I expect we will be in touch for years-not because I expect to be in the market for a new job, but because you have become a good friend throughout this process.
Associate, Government Contracts
I have known Dan for several years. He is a true professional. Dan puts the candidate’s interest, and the law firm’s, ahead of his own. He is available 24/7 and provides a common sense approach to advising candidates and law firms on how to best accomplish their professional objectives. Dan is simply one of the best law firm advisers in town.
Managing Partner, Washington, DC Office of International Firm
Job Seekers: The most important question you need to be able to answer in an interview is the question “Tell me about yourself”. The way you answer this question is you start off at the beginning of your professional life (law school, most likely), and you talk through your resume, explaining your education, experience and any jumps between employers. End with why you’re sitting in that chair interviewing with that specific employer. While there may be very many interesting and compelling personal things about you, those should not be covered in the answer to that question – save them for the “hobbies and interests” section of your resume.
“When it comes to recruiting, we are among the most demanding in the U.S. Lateral Link pre-screens candidates and finds us people with the credentials we require—without exception.”
A. William Urquhart; Hiring Partner, currently with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Be prepared and go the extra mile, on your resume, on your representative experience sheet, on your interview preparation (by asking well-crafted and tailored questions) and on your follow up. Many employers are disappointed by how little candidates know about the firms and companies with which they are interviewing. Use firm websites and LinkedIn profiles to become familiar with your potential employer. Remember to affirmatively express your interest in the position.
We don’t have the official congratulations message from the National Law Journal to the firms, but this reader created one that perfectly captures the problem…
Why are in-house lawyers limited to working only for their particular employer?
* “[T]he ‘superstar’ model of Supreme Court advocacy marketing is prevailing”: recent Supreme Court litigation has been dominated by Biglaw and boutiques, and five of them handled about half of last term’s cases. [WSJ Law Blog]
* It’s not a “done deal” yet, but Albany Law School is in serious talks with the University at Albany to form an affiliation by the end of the year. There’s been no word on whether Albany Law would remain a stand-alone school under the yet-to-be inked arrangement. [Albany Business Review]
* The dismissal of lawsuits concerning allegedly deceptive employment statistics at several Chicago-area law schools was affirmed by an Illinois appeals court. ::insert sad trombone here:: [National Law Journal]
* If you’re still thinking about applying to law school for some reason, you might find these tips on what not to write in a personal statement to be useful. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]
* Amanda Bynes, one of our favorite fading starlets who was already on probation, was arrested this weekend on a DUI charge after stopping her car in the middle of an intersection. [Los Angeles Times]
There’s good news for some Bingham partners, and bad news for others.
* Now that we know Eric Holder is resigning, there’s been speculation as to where he’ll go next. The obvious choice is a return to Covington & Burling, but he could still surprise everyone. [National Law Journal]
* “Judicial campaign cash is burning a hole in the Constitution.” State court judges are pumping money into their election campaigns, and some have been left to wonder about its true price. [New York Times]
* Details have emerged as to conditions that must be met for Bingham McCutchen’s proposed merger with Morgan Lewis: partner promises, de-equitizations, and forgivable loans, oh my! [Reuters (sub. req.)]
* In the wake of Dean Makau Mutua’s decision to step down at Buffalo Law, a “deep rift” among faculty has been brought to light. The school’s future doesn’t seem as “bright” as we were one told. [Buffalo News]
* A former law student who was falsely identified as a porn star on the radio had her day in court and pulled out a win. Here’s the money shot: she’s walking away with $1 million in damages. [Kansas City Star]
Something the two firms don’t have in common? The direction they’ve been heading in….
Phone calls, emails, meetings — columnist Keith Lee asks, what is the point of it all?
In a practice that involves highly confidential matters, it is important to chose a recruiter that is servicing your needs and not their own.
Which rapper is helping this small law firm make it rain?
The New York City office of Epstein Becker & Green seeks an attorney to work at the level of a fourth to sixth year associate to join its national employer-side labor and employment practice. Knowledge of the full range of federal and state employment statutes, prior litigation experience, and experience and knowledge with matters involving all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, harassment, wage & hour and employment contract cases is needed.