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Law firm uses speed-dating approach to law student interviews

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A New York law firm is taking an alternative approach to on-campus interviews.

Herrick Feinstein recently invited about 50 law students to a cocktail party and interviewed them in a process that has similarities to speed dating, (sub. req.) reports in a column by Vivia Chen of the Careerist.

The evening began with the students mingling with the firm’s lawyers for about 30 minutes. Here’s what happened next, according to Chen:

“Then, with drinks in hand, each student picked a bar table and chatted up a hiring committee member for five minutes. (Students were told to come prepared with an elevator pitch on why they should be hired.) After five minutes, a bell rang, and students went to a new table to meet another lawyer. Repeat.”

The entire process lasted about two hours.

John Goldman, co-chairman of Herrick’s hiring committee, told Chen that students loved the different approach because they got to meet so many people. The law firm also benefited because its lawyers were able “to watch people in competition with each other and see how they play in the sandbox,” he said.

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