Friday, March 4, 2011

Research Tips to Help Law Students Prepare for a Job Interview – Part 1 of 2

This two-part post offers research tips for law students as they prepare for job interviews.  This first post focuses on researching biographical and background information on potential employers.  Part two will offer advice about deeper research recommended to prepare for a job interview. 

To prepare for a job interview, you should conduct some background research on a potential employer.

First, spend some time reviewing a potential employer’s website.  You should be able to find basic biographical information on the lawyers and useful information about their representative work and clients. 

If you want deeper biographical information (especially if the website is not too robust), you should consult a legal directory: 

- West Legal Directories (available on Westlaw or a free version on,
- Martindale Hubbell (available free online), or
- NALP Directory of Legal Employers (available free online). 

If you are interviewing for a federal judicial clerkship position, you should consult:

- Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, and
- Almanac of the Federal Judiciary (available on Westlaw).  The Almanac will allow you to view the rulings that the judge has marked as “noteworthy” as well as evaluations from lawyers who have argued before the judge.

If you are interviewing for a legislative position, you may want to take a look at the following resources:

- Congressional Directory at
- 50- State Legislative Directory (available on Westlaw)
National Conference of State Legislatures



March 4, 2011 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Classic anthology on legal advocacy republished by Scribes

Scribes - The American Society of Legal Writers recently republished a classic anthology of essays on legal advocacy. Originally issued in 1960 as Advocacy and the King's English and edited by George Rossman, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Oregon, the publication has been retitled Classic Essays on Legal Advocacy and includes a new preface by Bryan A. Garner, who describes the collection as "without doubt the finest anthology of articles on advocacy ever published." Available directly from the publisher, The Lawbook Exchange, or through


October 25, 2010 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0)