“Top 10 Questions To Ask During Law Firm Interviews”

It’s callback season at law firms around the country, and that means thousands of law students are donning suits and interviewing for summer associate positions. The most awkward part of most interviews comes near the end, when the attorneys in charge run out of things to say and fallback on an old standard: “So, do you have any questions for me?” Most law students don’t know how to respond. I thought I would help out by recommending some good questions to ask:

Our favorites:

1. “How would you describe the atmosphere here — Is it more like a labor camp or a slave ship?”
10. “Where else are you interviewing?”

Top 10 Questions To Ask During Law Firm Interviews,” by Orrin Kerr, The Volokh Conspiracy, October 19, 2005
Lots of good suggestions in the comments, too:

“Am I expected to check my Blackberry at 3:15 a.m.?”
“When I spend twenty hours writing the notes and putting together the PowerPoint slides for a partner’s seminar presentation, how does that REALLY count toward my hours?”

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