Category: Going In-House

How to prepare for a behavioral-based (STAR) interview at a company like Amazon

STAR: situation, task, action, result. If you’re a law firm associate, and went through your law school’s OCI process, you’re probably not used to this method of interviewing. So how do you prepare when the interviewers are more interested in how you reason through a line of questioning that doesn’t involve walking through your CV? Fortunately there are some tips and tricks that can help you stand out from the crowd. STAR-based interviewing is being used more widely – especially in the tech world. (Amazon, for example, is notorious for using this type of interview structure exclusively.) If you’re a lawyer looking to go in-house at a tech company, you should definitely prepare yourself for a very different experience than when you participated in OCI during law school.

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How law firm associates should write a cover letter for their first in-house counsel position

By far, our most popular article here at Dollar Barrister over the last year has been about the form of cover letter I used to land my in-house counsel positions at multiple Fortune 150 companies. But just to be clear, that cover letter is not primarily geared at law firm associates who are looking to jump in-house. It’s really for a seasoned corporate counsel that is looking to transition into another company. So, for that reason, I have prepared another form of cover letter and posted it for you over at our Dollar Barrister shop. This form is specifically tailored for law firm associates (ideally between the third and sixth year of practice) who are looking to make the jump into an in-house corporate counsel role. And there are some important differences between these two cover letter templates, which you should note even if you aren’t going to use either of them as the basis for your in-house counsel cover letter.

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Five tips for successfully navigating phone interviews and screeners for in-house counsel positions

Phone screens may seem like relatively low-stress, comparatively “easy” interviews to deal with. But unless you prepare properly you could be putting your chances of moving on to the next round in jeopardy. Here are five tips for handling the phone screener so you’re ready to dive into this critical step in the interview process.

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