Despite the sudden
chill in the temperatures, things are just starting to warm up for Carolina Law
students seeking summer employment. 1Ls, in particular, will soon enter their
first season of OCIs (“on-campus interviews”), and the law library is here to help
with recommended resources for putting your best foot forward when interviewing
with a potential future employer!
While today’s blog
post will focus on researching law firms and attorneys, most of these
strategies can also be used to investigate government agencies, courts, and
businesses. A little research before your interview can bolster your confidence
and provide you with additional talking points to use during your interview.
Why Use Legal
Analytics in Interview Prep?
tools provide a wealth of information on law firms, companies, attorneys,
and judges. You can use these tools to identify recent cases (or deals) handled
by a specific attorney and/or law firm, note general trends in the types of
cases handled, and also view the filings/documents for ongoing cases or deals
Remember that the
typical last question in most interviews is, “Do you have any questions for
us?” To avoid the dreaded silence that comes from a lack of preparation, use this
time to ask targeted questions about practice areas, major cases or deals
handled by the firm, or even an attorney’s past experiences in handling a specific
case of interest to you. These types of questions help you understand the
interviewer and the law firm a bit better, but they also signal to the
interviewer that you’ve done your research.
The following is a
brief review of the three major legal databases and their legal analytics
Lexis Advance and
Westlaw Edge: Using Litigation Analytics to Learn about a Law Firm
Lexis Advance’s Litigation Profile Suite allows you to review biographical
information, news stories, dockets, and a collection of filings attributed to an
attorney. When reviewing the docket material, you see graphs that highlight the
jurisdictions in which the majority of an attorney’s cases are filed and also
the general duration of individual cases. Unfortunately, law firms are not yet
searchable through this tool.
Westlaw’s Litigation Analytics allows you to search for both attorneys and
law firms. In addition to providing biographical and case history information
about attorneys, this tool also allows you to view analytics for law firms. When
viewing a law firm’s analytics page, you will typically see overviews of the
types of cases that the firm handles, along with information about outcomes for
cases, motions filed, and dockets.
Transactional Practice and Litigation Research
provides multiple search options for students interested in either
transactional or litigation practice. Bloomberg Law’s Litigation Analytics provides another option for reviewing the
case histories of specific firms or attorneys. Much like the programs in
Westlaw and Lexis Advance, you will see visualizations of the data that allow
you to track trends over time for law firms and practicing attorneys. You can
also access underlying filings for cases that spark your interest.
For law students
interested in transactional practice, Bloomberg Law’s Dealmaker is one way to review documents from past deals filtered by law firm or
attorney. Reviewing the documents associated with past transactional deals
highlights the types of clients and deals that the law firm and/or attorney handled
in the past.
Deal Analytics provides another option for reviewing major
transactions by law firm or attorney; look for the options to search by
“Advisers” or “Adviser.” There aren’t any fancy graphs or analytics here – it’s
just the documents and the background information on the deals themselves.
If you have specific
questions about using any of these databases, please feel free to stop by the
reference desk. Best of luck as you enter interview season!
Posted by Melissa M. Hyland on Mon. January 27, 2020 10:00 AM