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Gibson Dunn Interview 2021


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Aug 26, 2020
Please state the month/year you interviewed at the firm.
February 2021

Please specify what the interview was for.
Summer Vacation Scheme 2021

Please give an overview of the day with approximate timings.
10:30am-11:00am: Interview 1 with an associate and partner
11:00am-11:30am: Reading Time
11:30am –12:00pm: Interview 2 with an associate and partner

Please provide a summary of each assessment on the day with approximate timings.
Interview 1: General CV/Resume Interview for 30mins with an associate and partner

30 minutes reading time – not law related, the short article came from the BBC on a current news topic

Interview 2: Interview based on article

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.
The partners are very chilled and questions are very ad hoc because they're responding to what you say rather than reading from a script. Just be confident about your experience, be able to talk through what you have done in the past and articulate your trajectory to commercial law well.

The second article based interview was not legal at all and hard to prepare for. The article was super short and it took me about 10mins to read and make some quick notes. I started the interview by giving a summary of the article and my initial thoughts. After that we had a true back and forth about our opinions with the partner and associate and they didn't have prepared questions so they were asking ad hoc questions based off what I was saying. It's important to be responsive to the partner's/associate's questions and it's ok to change your mind as long as you're able to articulate your points eloquently. I found that it really helped to think about it like a seminar/tutorial/supervisions and you're debating with them.

Both of my interviews really run up to the last minute and I only had 5 minutes to ask questions but the partners were super chill and happy to answer questions over the allotted time.

Were you successful?