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Big Firms, Short Interviews


Big law firms spend as much as $250,000 for each summer associate they recruit, yet the interview process is far from demanding.

“Ask law firm recruits—particularly those from elite schools—about the recruiting experience, and the stories are fairly similar: Short interviews, shallow questions and a sheaf of boilerplate marketing materials,” American Lawyer reports.

Recruitment costs include expenses for dinners, travel costs and marketing materials, such as beach towels with a law firm logo.

The article concludes law students from the elite schools have the upper hand. Only about 28 percent of those offered jobs at a big firms will take them.

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