How Attorneys Should Talk About Other Law Firms they Are Interviewing With in Law Firm Interviews
 
A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

In no instance should you ever volunteer this information unless you are asked, but many law firms, though not all, are asking it. At the outset, it is important to point out that you do not have to answer this question, but not doing so is likely to make you look bad, as it gives the employer the impression that you will similarly "hide the ball" when you are working for it. It also does not do much to help you establish a bond of trust and understanding with a potential new employer. Therefore, it is my opinion that this question must be answered, even though it is probably inappropriate for an employer to ask.

There are two important rules you must keep in mind when answering this question:

 

First, most firms are unlikely to give you an offer unless they believe that they are your first-choice firm. There are certainly exceptions, however, and as a legal recruiter, I see them constantly. Many firms are very good at recruiting and can convince most anyone to join them whenever offers are extended, even in the face of competing offers. Nevertheless, a firm wants to believe that your first choice is to work there, and this often will have a direct bearing on whether an offer is extended.