Interview questions to expect in a lateral interview? (3rd year/litigation and dispute resolution) I am extremely nervous as it’s my first lateral interview and not sure what to expect.

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Always stay positive even about your current firm and why you are leaving.

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I mostly agree, but I think you can be honest if there are real differences between the two. For example, when I lateraled I talked about how my old firm was more structured in terms of class year and you rarely got assignments not deemed to be within your year. The new firm was more known for flexibility and ownership for juniors and mids- so I discussed that. I don’t think this advice is contrary to the above posters - I am just saying there is a difference between showing hostility towards your old firm and simply “criticizing” certain aspects of it that did not suit your work preferences.

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Why this firm? Why not your old firm? What practice group do you want to join? What questions do you have for us?

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It’s likely going to largely about fit. So it will probably be a conversation for most of those you meet. If you did OCI callbacks, it’s very similar. As for lateral specific questions, they may ask you about the work you’ve done, the types of cases you’ve handled, your responsibilities, etc.

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Do they ask you questions about the substantive work or law related?

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