ok. i had my interview earlier today. it was the most grueling interview i have ever had. they either love me or hate me. i’m not kidding. i don’t see how there could be any middle ground here. i described the experience to several other students and a professor and even they are not sure whether the interviewers love me or hate me but agree that it has to be either one.
they literally challenged everything that came out of my mouth, from what i want to do after law school to what i think about family law. it was kind of ridiculous. i stood up to them, though, while humbly acknowledging my lack of experience. but seriously, one attorney seemed to take a combative stance with me over a position that i admittedly (really, i admitted it) based on my scant experience in the field. plus, they actually hate the judge i worked for last summer (she has a serious reputation). when her name came up, all six interviewers shifted in their seats. but i told them that i grew to really like the judge and think of her as a great mentor. i think that might be why they could really hate me. this one attorney to the left of me didn’t say a word through the entire interview but by the end of it had this look on her face like she was holding a glob of mayonnaise in her mouth.
i don’t know. it could be that they really liked me and were just challenging me. in which case, i think the interview went really well, because i had thoughtful answers to all of their questions. if they really do hate me, it would be really dumb, because i actually have thoughtful answers to their questions. i professed to being dedicated to my career path, and however misguided my ideas of how the actual practice is, at least i really think about it! i even explicitly acknowledged my lack of experience and mentioned that i was actually looking for real experience (should be obvious). and seriously, if they hate me because of my association with a judge for whom i have great respect, that is completely lame.
who knows? lawyers can be lame, even in the public interest arena. lawyers can be good but tough, especially in the public interest arena. it could be good if they actually like me and treated me this way because they merely wanted to challenge me. i thrive in boot camp environments, so it could be perfect. and if they hate me, then i would be happy to not work there.
they said they would get back to me by early next week, so i don’t have to stew too long. and one of my references is a professor who knows me fairly well and really, really likes me and thinks i would be great for the position. when i told him how the interview went he offered to call them up with a forthwith and forthright recommendation, rather than just wait for them to call him. he’s so nice.
the whole experience kind of puffed me up, actually. i came out of that interview feeling a little bruised but ready to keep fighting. bottom line is that i know in my heart that this is what kind of work i want to do, and i plan to do it with or without this organization. i hope with. 4 years ago