Even though summer associate interviews are taking place virtually, recruiters and hiring partners say there are ways to establish meaningful connections and impress interviewers.

Each year, law school students interview for coveted summer associate jobs at Big law firms.
Hiring partners and recruiting chairs shared their tips for impressing interviewers.
They also shared hot practice areas, including data privacy and healthcare.

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2020 was a rollercoaster year for law school students and graduates, but 2021 is getting back on track.

At the start of the pandemic, on-campus interviews (OCI) for law firms’ summer associate programs – the primary pipeline for new talent at firms – were pushed back to later in the academic year, with January 2021 as the peak time for virtual interviews.

This year, firms are returning to their usual schedule of summer interviews, looking for fresh talent to help keep up with a record number of deals in the past year.

Insider has spoken to hiring partners and recruiters across the industry to collect the best tips for landing summer job at a Big Law firm.

Big Law summer associate recruiting:

Recruiting chairs and hiring partners at some of the most prestigious Big Law firms, including Kirkland & Ellis and Latham & Watkins, shared what they’re looking for in an ideal candidate, from strong communication skills to an ability to work as a team player. They also discussed what students should know about their firm to demonstrate genuine interest, and share their top tips on impressing interviewers in a virtual setting.

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Source:: Business Insider


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