What is typically given the least amount of attention by candidates, but has the highest likelihood of undermining their chances for getting the job?
To show just how important a good writing sample can be, I’ll never forget the following email which came for a recruiting manager at a large firm.
This illustrates how a legal writing sample has the potential to sabotage one's candidacy.
Interestingly, writing samples are seen by some attorneys in the job market as a mere after-the-fact formality that warrants only minimal attention.
- Many find it draining to search for the best lawyer writing sample, consider redactions/privilege issues and review it with a fine-tooth comb for any mistakes, context, etc. There is a fear of finding errors and having to spend substantial time reworking the sample.
- Because most interviewers typically don't focus on writing samples (some will, even more so during law school), many job seekers are often under the false impression that writing samples are secondary compared to the contents of the résumé and how well they connect with their interviewer. What candidates don't see is how writing samples are often scrutinized after the interviews.
- This fastidious quality should also accompany your Cover Letter and résumé that’ll go with your law firm application.
- See 6 Things Attorneys and Law Students Need to Remove from their Resumes ASAP if They Want to Get Jobs with the Most Prestigious Law Firms for more information.