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Law School Admissions / Re: * KILLER SOFT FACTORS * ?
« on: October 16, 2008, 09:22:57 AM »
UChi1L, based on my experience I agree that it is difficult, very difficult for an ordinary applicant to have "killer" soft-factors, unless of course they have a building named after an immediate family member... ;D People tend to differentiate themselves more over the years, say after they have finished law school and have worked for a number of years and everyone will have acquired their own unique experiences within the law and outside of it. But earlier in life people with similar backgrounds tend to be very similar to each other and it is hard for everyone to stand out.
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Current Law Students / Re: Simpson Thacher vs Skadden - Where do I go?
« on: October 16, 2008, 06:46:19 AM »
Both are fantastic firms and well done to you!!

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Current Law Students / Re: What do you ask the interviewer at the end?
« on: October 16, 2008, 06:43:08 AM »

Ask about what interests you, and if they're particularly excited about a certain subject, explore it more.

I agree with bitblaster's last suggestion. A friend of mine was recently interviewed by Baker & McKenzie and there was a great emphasis at the interview on the ATP (Associate Training Programme, which gives associates the opportunity to be transferred to another international office after two years) so he let the interviewer talk at lenght about it... apparently it worked as he has now received an offer from them (which he has accepted)!

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Current Law Students / Re: What do you ask the interviewer at the end?
« on: October 14, 2008, 07:28:58 AM »
That's a good suggestion. Indeed, any question is OK as long as it gives the interviewer the opportunity to talk and open up. Other examples are "What are you looking for in a candidate?" or "What do you think is the most important attribute a lawyer working for your firm must have?". You will gain a significant insight into your interviewer's thinking by asking such questions.
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Current Law Students / Re: What questions do YOU ask your interviewer?
« on: October 02, 2008, 10:44:15 AM »
Guys, I have a completely different take on this, which I want to share with you, whether or not you agree. I have been practising as an attorney for more than 8 years now and I hope my experience can be of help.

An interviewer does not want to hear questions such as "Is there any structured training/mentor program?", "How is work assigned?", "What is the hour requirement?", "Is that billable hours or billed hours?" because such questions will just bore them to death and they are not interested in answering those questions at all.

Likewise, an interviewer is not in the business of finding out whether you have "done your research about the firm", because: (1) if they are a practising attorney, they do not have a clue about what is going on in the marketing department, and (2) the image conveyed to prospective recruits by a firm's website and other literature does not give a picture of what the firm actually does but what the firm wants you to think they do. The situation is different though if you are interviewing for an in-house position. 

There is only one question that an interviewer (or prospective client if you are pitching for work) wants to be asked: "What are you looking for in a candidate?". All interviewers will love to be asked that question as it will give them the opportunity to tell you what their needs are and who they believe will best meet their needs.

Remember the interview is as much about them looking for candidates as about you looking for work. So please ask questions that are relevant to them as well. And then of course if you really want to know if there is any structured training/mentor program, etc… feel free to ask (but I never do so until a later stage in the recruitment process).

Hope this helps and good luck!  :)

Attorney and author of Soft Skills for Lawyers (

Job Search / Re: interview tips?
« on: July 29, 2008, 07:12:38 AM »

Thank you for the extremely helpful contributions. I am glad you liked the baby sitter example above and I fully agree with you when you stress the importance of people skills in the legal profession. In fact, I have been training law students and junior attorneys this side of the Pond about the importance of soft skills for a number of years now. I truly believe (and experience is proving me right) that the ability to deal with people effectively and politely (also known as “soft skills”) is for an attorney just as important as, if not more important than, technical skills. Most law students, however, still fail to understand this concept probably because law schools give them the idea that outstanding technical skills is all you need to become a successful attorney. How wrong this is.

If you give me your e-mail address, I would be very pleased to send you a complimentary copy of the new edition of my book, Soft Skills for Lawyers ( I would be very interested to find out what you think about it. I have been practising as an attorney for almost 10 years myself.


Current Law Students / Re: 3.2/174
« on: June 05, 2006, 05:10:22 PM »
To or bottom, strictly, I mean where do you stand, above or below the curve?

Don't worry about me sweetheart I am in the topc 3rd of my law school class

Then why do you use such a username? :D

« on: March 13, 2008, 11:00:19 AM »
Yes maybe I should add those pics to the website! It would be much more interesting!  ;D

« on: March 06, 2008, 08:02:35 AM »

Please what do you think of the new Chelsea Publishing's website?

A friend told me that the previous version was "embarrassing" so I have now updated it. Do you like the new colours and design?

The Soft Skills Test and the Paypal facility to order Soft Skills for Lawyers online are still there. Do you think I could add any further feature/marketing material that could help me to promote the book?


General Off-Topic Board / Thank you!!!
« on: January 07, 2008, 04:05:06 AM »
Thank you all for your support during 2007! It has been a fantastic year for the team of Soft Skills for Lawyers and we wish you great success in your studies and future career!!

The Team @

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