Career Advice for Lawyers by a Hiring Partner-
2008 ABA JOURNAL BLOG Nominated as
One of the Best Law Blogs
Saturday, September 6, 2008
thoughts on this year's candidates
I interrupt question answering to provide some insights on this year's candidates whom I have seen thus far in callbacks. I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised. The candidates I have seen have generally been pretty good. Not everyone hit the ball out of the park, but most candidates looked the part, were qualified on paper, and could answer questions intelligently about their summer work experience and why they are interested in HP's firm. Perhaps the tighter legal market is making people step up their game? Perhaps they have been reading HP's blog? Maybe we just have really good screening interviewers? In any event, HP likes to give positive reinforcement as well as constructive criticism, so I just wanted to pass that along.
Yes, I am a hiring partner who felt that our latest generation of lawyers and law students really needed some advice and guidance. Who knew the economy would totally tank and they would REALLY need guidance? I just share some observations, some experiences, and some lessons mom and dad should have taught you. Come along for the fun! HP can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org