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August 7, 2013 1:30 PM Subscribe
Help me brainstorm some "thoughtful questions" to ask at a law school networking event.
Difficulty: it starts in 3 hours.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm entering my last year of law school (part-time). The full time (non-legal) job that I am in is ending in September, but my severance will keep me living comfortably until after the bar next July.
I hadn't been stressing about find a job (for post-graduation) because I was hoping to ride in on being one of the superstars of my class (stupid, I know). A bad semester dropped me from the top 5% of my class to the top 15%. And now OCI (on-campus interview) season has snuck up on me.
I'm a patent bar eligible engineer (in my mid-thirties, this is a reasonably drastic career change), hoping to find a firm that will let me do patent prosecution with some trademark and copyright licensing on the side. I am going to a non-top tier school in a market with a decent number of IP firms. My school does have a good reputation for the IP students it produces and former classmates have landed at very good firms in the area.
Tonight I am attending a "Meet the Employers" networking thing. There will be wine and apps served. I am dressed up in lawyer clothes.
Some questions on my list already:
* Firm size, size of IP practice (seems dumb, I should know this from my research already, right?)
* How is performance evaluated?
* What does your advancement track look like (I don't want to be a partner at a firm, ideally, I'd cut my teeth doing the firm thing for a while and then end up in-house someplace - is it safe to tell potential employers this?)
* How much client contact/development is expected of mid-level associates
* As a non-twentysomething, how well will I "gel" with the incoming crop of new associates?
* Should I say something about diversity? I am doubly diverse (triply, if you consider my immigration status), but I don't want to be hired because of my non-white, maleness.
Another question: one of the firms that I'm kind of interested in is the one that is paying for my legal education (I'm on a full-tuition scholarship). I've never met the recruiting folks from that firm -- should I mention who I am when I do meet them?
No throwaway email, but I'll happily memail anyone who wants to give advice in a different forum.