Informational Meetings: Prepare Your Questions

Informational meetings are a great opportunity to obtain the insight and guidance of practicing attorneys in your job search.  They can give you tips on how they decided what type of law to practice, the local legal economy, and the culture of local legal employers.  To make the most of these interviews, you need an effective list of questions.  For example, ask attorneys what they love and what they hate about their jobs and the type of law they practice.  Ask how they obtained their first position, how firms in the community tend to hire, and how you can get to know local practitioners.  Finally, request referrals to other attorneys with whom they think it would be helpful for you to speak.