Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby calgoldenbear » Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:59 pm

trkmaniak00 wrote:Checking in. Just had my alumni interview yesterday.


How was it? Any advice for the rest of us?

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby trkmaniak00 » Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:25 pm

calgoldenbear wrote:
trkmaniak00 wrote:Checking in. Just had my alumni interview yesterday.


How was it? Any advice for the rest of us?


I'd imagine it depends mostly on who your interviewer is. Mine asked me why law school which we talked about for a couple minutes then he asked where else I was applying and he gave input on some of those schools. After that it was all up to me to ask questions, you should have more questions than you think you need. Also, remember that these people might not have been at the school for years so they may not know about specific clinics or stuff like that. Mine was most receptive to talking about Nashville / his time there.

It was just at a coffee shop, I wore khakis and a blazer. He wore jeans and a button down.

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby caitlinrw » Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:34 pm

calgoldenbear wrote:
arklaw13 wrote:
calgoldenbear wrote:For those who interviewed here or elsewhere already -- should I bring my resume in a fancy leather folder? Or is a regular folder okay?


Regular folder is fine.


Thank you! Thoughts on printing it on bond paper versus regular paper?


My interview went great, and he didn't pay attention to the paper. I'm sure others will say otherwise.

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby arklaw13 » Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:58 pm

caitlinrw wrote:
calgoldenbear wrote:
arklaw13 wrote:
calgoldenbear wrote:For those who interviewed here or elsewhere already -- should I bring my resume in a fancy leather folder? Or is a regular folder okay?


Regular folder is fine.


Thank you! Thoughts on printing it on bond paper versus regular paper?


My interview went great, and he didn't pay attention to the paper. I'm sure others will say otherwise.


+1 for not paying attention to the paper. You'll upload your resume to the system beforehand, so your interviewer will probably have already looked at it before the interview and printed one off for him/herself.

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby calgoldenbear » Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:03 pm

For those of you who google your interviewer beforehand, do you bring up, say, that you saw that they work at X on their LinkedIn? Or would this be bad form?

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby caitlinrw » Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:33 am

calgoldenbear wrote:For those of you who google your interviewer beforehand, do you bring up, say, that you saw that they work at X on their LinkedIn? Or would this be bad form?


I guess it depends on how you work it into the conversation without making it sound creepy. If you can do it well, then it should sound like someone who was just interested and did their homework.

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Postby arklaw13 » Sat Oct 15, 2016 12:32 pm

calgoldenbear wrote:For those of you who google your interviewer beforehand, do you bring up, say, that you saw that they work at X on their LinkedIn? Or would this be bad form?


I would say anything on a law firm profile is definitely fair game. Personally, I wouldn't think twice if someone referenced something on my Linkedin page (because I've digitally creeped on every interviewer I've ever had), but it could be off-putting to some people, I suppose.

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby calgoldenbear » Sat Oct 15, 2016 2:25 pm

For those who interviewed, how long was yours?

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Big Red » Sat Oct 15, 2016 2:39 pm

caitlinrw wrote:
calgoldenbear wrote:For those of you who google your interviewer beforehand, do you bring up, say, that you saw that they work at X on their LinkedIn? Or would this be bad form?


I guess it depends on how you work it into the conversation without making it sound creepy. If you can do it well, then it should sound like someone who was just interested and did their homework.


you can also ask them what they do, how they like it, etc. get their firm elevator speech

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby stratton_oakmont » Sat Oct 15, 2016 3:43 pm

calgoldenbear wrote:For those who interviewed, how long was yours?


About 50 mins

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Postby taxman14 » Sat Oct 15, 2016 4:14 pm

stratton_oakmont wrote:
calgoldenbear wrote:For those who interviewed, how long was yours?


About 50 mins


Same about an hour. I'm assuming 30-60 mins is standard depending on how the convo goes

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby dietcoke1 » Sat Oct 15, 2016 6:15 pm

how professional/unprofessional is it to come prepared with a list of questions to ask my interviewer?

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Postby calgoldenbear » Sat Oct 15, 2016 9:06 pm

Did anyone write a "why vandy" essay or anything like that?

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Postby Gitaroo_Dude » Sat Oct 15, 2016 11:13 pm

dietcoke1 wrote:how professional/unprofessional is it to come prepared with a list of questions to ask my interviewer?


More of the former than the latter. I brought questions to my Vandy alum interview and one I had with an admissions dean during a law school visit, and both cool with it. I think it displays you've prepped for it and put some thought into the interview, more than anything else.

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Postby arklaw13 » Sat Oct 15, 2016 11:16 pm

dietcoke1 wrote:how professional/unprofessional is it to come prepared with a list of questions to ask my interviewer?


Personally, I would be more impressed with someone who has a list of things that they want to know about the school. Especially if it's stuff you can't just find online. To my it shows you're well-prepared.

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Postby call-me-bubbles » Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:55 am

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby atlantahoo » Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:59 am

After a month of back and forth with the admissions office (first 3 interviewer candidates were in trial), I finally interviewed this morning. It was super casual- we met at a coffee shop, and my interviewer couldn't have been nicer. She basically talked about her experience for 15 mins and then let me ask questions. Glad it went well and hoping to hear something within the next few weeks!

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby atlantahoo » Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:00 am

taxman14 wrote:
stratton_oakmont wrote:
calgoldenbear wrote:For those who interviewed, how long was yours?


About 50 mins


Same about an hour. I'm assuming 30-60 mins is standard depending on how the convo goes


About an hour, but we kind of hit it off and ended up talking about non-law school stuff for at least 20 mins.

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby alpha kenny body » Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:07 am

call-me-bubbles wrote:Has anyone heard back regarding admissions yet? Interviewed last week and getting antsy already!

I applied last year, and some people didn't hear back from them for as long as 14 weeks+. Get comfortable, buddy.

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby calgoldenbear » Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:38 pm

I had mine this weekend and it was pretty casual. More so than I expected. My interviewer was very nice and easy to talk to, but it felt a little like I was meant to ask the majority of questions. I dressed more on the professional side, and she was more casual.

Also, how terrible is it that I forgot to offer a copy of my resume? She mentioned having looked at it already, and I brought copies, but I just didn't bring them out. Agh, anyone have any comfort for an over-thinker?

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby poptart123 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:56 pm

calgoldenbear wrote:I had mine this weekend and it was pretty casual. More so than I expected. My interviewer was very nice and easy to talk to, but it felt a little like I was meant to ask the majority of questions. I dressed more on the professional side, and she was more casual.

Also, how terrible is it that I forgot to offer a copy of my resume? She mentioned having looked at it already, and I brought copies, but I just didn't bring them out. Agh, anyone have any comfort for an over-thinker?


Don't worry about it

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby jag13 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:08 pm

I had my interview on 9/20 and still listed as just Complete on my app. It was very casual and lasted about an hour, I see to have a different experience as mine felt like more of an interview where she specifically asked me questions, it was still very relaxed and she was a great conversation. Definitely got me excited.

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby dietcoke1 » Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:37 pm

alum interview last night. it was very relaxed. I think I was asked two, maybe three, actual interview questions and the rest of the 1.5 hours of the interview was the alum passing on TLS wisdom (be careful of debt, burnout of biglaw, etc)

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Gitaroo_Dude » Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:36 am

dietcoke1 wrote:alum interview last night. it was very relaxed. I think I was asked two, maybe three, actual interview questions and the rest of the 1.5 hours of the interview was the alum passing on TLS wisdom (be careful of debt, burnout of biglaw, etc)


Did you tell them you're 6-0 in Spivey's league?

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Re: Vanderbilt Law School c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby dietcoke1 » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:44 pm

Gitaroo_Dude wrote:
dietcoke1 wrote:alum interview last night. it was very relaxed. I think I was asked two, maybe three, actual interview questions and the rest of the 1.5 hours of the interview was the alum passing on TLS wisdom (be careful of debt, burnout of biglaw, etc)


Did you tell them you're 6-0 in Spivey's league?


I did not, but I should have. I'm sure that would have made my recommendation that much better.




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