Acing the Law Internship Interview
Your law internship can either transform or torpedo your career. Nail it and you have the opportunity to gain tons of practical, real-world experience and maybe even long term employment. Fail it and you might never be able to work for the firm.
A lot of law school students think they can strut into the interview, unprepared, impress the interviewer with words and walk out with a start date. A lot of law school students don’t get the internship.
The students who do get the internships are prepared—and that means having a plan that allows them to ace the interview. Here are the things you need to do to ace the interview and walk out of the room with an invitation to become an intern:
Have a polished, professional resume.
If you think you don’t need a resume, think again. It is the minimum requirement anytime you interview for a job. But if you are going to have a resume (and you should), you need to make sure it is polished and professional. Proof it. Lay it out in an easy-to-read format. Include only relevant information.
You don’t want to be underdressed, but you also don’t need to be overdressed. What you need to do is plan to dress appropriately, which means a suit for men and a suitcoat for women. Dress as if you are already a professional.
Answer questions directly.
Remember, you need to be able to articulate your thoughts in a concise, coherent manner if you’re going to be a lawyer. So when the interviewer asks you a question, answer it and then give a real-life example to back up your response. Also: never lie. If you don’t know the answer, just say so.
Never go negative. Don’t bash other law firms, law schools, lawyers or judges. Try to keep any strong opinions to yourself. You never know who knows whom.
Have energy—but not too much energy.
As an intern, you are probably going to have to do a lot of things that are not glamorous and may not even be related to the law. Show them that you’re willing to do whatever it takes and you’ll show them that you can see the bigger picture. And that’s what hiring managers want: people who can see the bigger picture.
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