I’m a 2L, and I just had my first summer associate interview. The guy kept asking me what kind of law I want to practice? Didn’t really have an answer. Just kind of waffled. I have lots more interviews coming up. Please tell me the best way to handle that question next time someone asks?
If you don’t know what type of law you want to practice, just tell the interviewer that. Be honest. Nobody expects you to have a specialty in mind as a second year. In fact, if you do, it’s kind of weird. So just tell the the truth. Say something like this: “Since I’ve never really practiced before, I don’t really know. If possible, I’d like to sample a few different practice areas over the summer and see what I like best.” The interviewers are focused almost exclusively on your attitude (and grades). So be positive, excited and flexible. And most importantly, let them know you’re open to any and all practice areas.
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