• Chances are there’s a lot of information in the document. Prepare for that. You’ll already be feeling nervous. So, this doesn’t have to be a surprise and you don’t need to spend time thinking of all the worse possible outcomes. Easier said than done I know. Breathe.
  • As you’re reading, work out what the purpose of the document is – what’s going on? how would you summarise the facts? Who are the parties? Are there important sections that you think the partner might ask you?
  • People have different preferences in terms of going through the document. I tend to read it through quickly first, making a mental note of what’s important. Then I go back through it and highlight or put an asterisk by the important provisions. Definitely do that last bit, in whatever format you prefer, so you can refer to it during the interview. If you have any, consider using sticky tabs to flag these up – but, don’t worry if you don’t have any.
  • Case studies often have you advising a client. If that’s the case, put yourself in their shoes. What kind of business do they have? How do they make money? What’s important to their business?
  • If you’re acting as a lawyer in this case study, think about why the client has come to you in the first place. What does the client want out of the situation? What could go wrong? Why? What could you do to protect your client? That often comes down to what you could draft in the contract to help your client.
  • For example, if it was to do with the purchase of a large quantity of goods, you might want to draft provisions that deal with their storage, transportation and delivery. You’d want certain rights to reject it or return it, if it wasn’t suitable. You might want provisions where you pay half the money when it’s ordered and the other half when you receive it. Remember, you’re not expected to know the law – it’s about whether you can understand the needs of a client and come up with common sense solutions. Unless of course, they state what the law is in the case study.
  • Now when it comes to presenting your thoughts/answering questions from the partner – take your time. Don’t be afraid to ask for some time to think if you need it – it may be better to sit there in silence for 15 seconds and think, instead of blurting out the first thing that comes to your mind.
  • Be prepared to stand your ground if you need to. Sometimes, the partner will challenge you – on purpose. They’re looking to see if you have conviction.
  • However, there is a line. You may be wrong. And that’s ok. It’s ok to concede and explain why.
  • If you really don’t know something, be honest, don’t dig yourself into a whole. You can still do that in an effective manner – explain your reasoning and which bits you do and don’t understand.

 

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