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Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle Interview 2019 - 2020


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  • Feb 17, 2018
    Please state the month/year you interviewed at the firm.

    January and February 2020

    Please specify what the interview was for.

    Training Contract

    Please give an overview of the day with approximate timings.

    Each interview lasted approximately one hour.

    Please provide a summary of each assessment on the day with approximate timings.

    The three rounds of interviews are designed to ascertain your motivation for applying to Curtis, as well as your decision to pursue a career in law. You will be interviewed by a range of lawyers, from trainees right up to the London office's managing partner. The interviews are also designed to gain a genuine insight into who you are as a person. In other words, would you be a fit for the firm? This is not to say they have a particular character type. I met a diverse range of people, from a variety of backgrounds with different personalities. Focus on ensuring you come across as motivated, personable and professional.

    Make sure you can clearly explain why you like Curtis in particular compared to other US firms with small intakes. Aim to demonstrate why their intake, non-rotational training contract and flair for international arbitration (especially when it comes to representing states and state-owned entities) appeal to you. Bring in specific and detailed case studies to evidence this interest and signpost your commercial awareness. Furthermore, make sure you can explain why you would be able to meet the challenges presented by these factors. I tried to evidence my ability to handle additional responsibly with case studies from my studies, work experience and extra-curricular activities.

    The process is somewhat different to other firms. There are no tests, video interviews or assessment days. The firm is genuinely interested in who you are as a person, your character and wider interests, as well as your skills and motivation. Be yourself and do not try to over-prepare when it comes to conveying these qualities.

    There will be a lot of time allocated for you to ask questions. This is not only a fantastic opportunity to ask trainees, associates and partners questions you have, but a chance to further impress them with your knowledge of the firm. Use what you know to ask thoughtful questions.

    Please list any interview questions you were asked.

    As above

    What is your best advice for each aspect of the assessment on the day? Please break this down for each assessment. This can include advice for preparation, as well as tips for the day.

    As above

    Were you successful?