Interview Tips

Do your research 

Some of the questions you will be asked in your interview will revolve around why you applied to the Firm and why you are interested in a legal career. Think about what it is about us that attracted you to the Firm, how we are different from other firms, our key practice areas and which recent deals or cases you have found interesting. A genuine interest in the practice of law and in our Firm goes a long way with our interviewers.

Answer and ask questions with confidence

  • Think about the question before giving an answer; do not jump in with the first thing that comes into your head. 
  • Think about the skills you have learned and developed over the years. Show how they can be transferred to your role as a summer associate and as an associate. 
  • Remember that a good interview is a two-way process. It is just as important that your questions are answered so that you can see if this is the right firm for you to start your career. 
  • Do not simply ask questions you think our lawyers will want to hear. Instead, think about what you need to know in order to make an informed decision. Was there anything in the recruiting brochure, on the careers site or in the press that you would like to discuss?

Be yourself. Show your personality

We hire smart people and hard workers, but we also look for people that we get along with. We spend a lot of time together on cases and deals working in a team setting, and we want to know you can fit in with our culture. This process is a chance to get to know you, so don’t be shy.

Get to know us

Deciding between offers can be a difficult decision. If you receive an offer, we encourage you to return to the office for a second look. This is a great opportunity to talk to our lawyers and learn about their practice and experience at White & Case. The timing, selection of lawyers and format of the visit is entirely up to you. Alternatively, we can set up phone calls should travel be an issue. 

Being truly global is not just a buzzword at White & Case. Starting with the summer program, associates have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients and colleagues from around the world on a daily basis.

Nathan Zhang
Associate, Silicon Valley