Friday, July 30, 2004

We're bringing on a new mid-level hire in my department next week. She's from industry, not a law firm. She was working for about ten years and then went to law school part-time while she was still working, and had two kids at the same time. So clearly she can multi-task. I talked to her today to get her up to speed on some matters before she starts, and she told me she cried after she accepted the job because she's worried about what it's going to do to her kids. I'm a little worried about that. Lawyers aren't supposed to cry. Crying is weakness. She also asked if she really has to use a Blackberry. I wanted to ask her if she's really serious about this whole law firm thing, but instead I bit my tongue. Maybe we'll be able to beat the doubts out of her through some hard work. We'll make a real lawyer out of her yet. I'll make her my project. She's also very pretty, but don't tell Anonymous Wife.

So you're hiring an old woman? Kind of a waste of money isn't it? She must really be pretty.
Doesn't anyone take the time to know what they are getting into?
This old woman (w/o kids) is in the office on Saturday, working on a brief that doesn't have to be filed for weeks. It doesn't matter if you're old or young, man or woman, pretty or ugly. (I'm pretty, and I'll prove it tonight when I finish this g.d. brief.) This new mid-level needs to get a grip, and get one fast--this work is demanding and the only way she'll make it is to put herself in a blackberry frame of mind and stop crying...or at least stop telling people she crying.
How old is she? No one wants an old woman around. There's no appeal. Hire a younger, albeit less experienced woman who looks better. At least she'll give you incentive to come to the office when she's having problems for being too stupid.
Is her work for "industry" what she did before law school or between law school and now? If the former, what did she do between law school and now? And why did she leave it?

Don't waste your time making her a project. She'll be gone in less than a year, unless your firm offers part-time positions.
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AL, Lifestyle, Hans: We learn a lot about what NOT to do from your posts. Would anyone be kind enough to post what we SHOULD do in an interview, a summer position, or as a first year associate?

I have an interview with a large east coast firm next week. Worst-case scenerio - if I blow it, at leat I will have that experience before going into OCI. But I don't want to blow it. Any input would be most appreciated - do's, don'ts, questions to ask, specific things I should know about the firm going in (they have an extensive web site, but I do not know what will be important for me to know or ask about). The firm was started with a specialty in an area that I worked in for 11 years - I believe that is what got me the interview. However, my position was a low-level one, & I have been away from the company for 3 years.

Since most of your readers seem to know enough not to accept a job and then whine about it, what else do we need to know? Thank you.

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