I shocked myself by really liking the mock interview program. As Pork Roll observed upon bumping into me immediately after my two back-to-back interviews had concluded, "You seem happier today!" And I think I was, mostly because my interviewers had given me good feedback and had told me that I would have no trouble finding a job. Not that I'd trust a lawyer as far as I could throw one, but I opt for willful gullibility. (Gullibleness? Gull?)
The best part, of course, came after all the interviews were done, and there was a reception. And, apart from the buffet table (which, though reminiscent of Bread Day at a Russian grocery store, featured some VERY palatable sushi), there was the additional benefit of a sort of Firm Fair, which consisted of every law firm laying out informative material on tables. Now, I don't care about the informative material, because my criteria for my future employers are 1) be in New York City and 2) pay me. However, sprinkled among the CDs, the gold-leaf decorated binders, and the brilliantly colored brochures were lots and lots of freebies. Considering the variety of firm name-embossed edibles floating around the place, the analogy of the kid in the candy store is apt here. (They also gave out lots of free pens, which most of my classmates seemed to like, but, unfortunately, they were all ballpoint, and I only use rollerball or fountain, because ballpoint pens have slow flow. Yes, I am that loopy.)
So, here is what I learned about law firms yesterday:
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe gives the best presents, dude. Rather than just put out a few pens, or baggage tags (a la Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; because, really, don't you want everyone at the airport to know who you work for?), they prepared gift bags. GIFT BAGS! And these were stocked with: a stainless steel yoyo (I am not sure what the symbolism is here), a light-up keychain (featuring a green light; money?), a bouncing ball (again, the bouncing theme) with electric-looking filaments inside, that, upon bouncing, vibrates softly but does NOT light up as one might expect it to, a triangular highlighter, and some other stuff, which I can't remember now. One of the coolest things was the bag itself, which was large enough that I could toss all the other freebies inside as I wandered the room. Orrick is on my "nice" list.
The firm of Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen LLP gave out Hershey Milk Chocolate bars in a firm wrapper, which was definitely different. I was very excited about that, until I realized that they had just slipped a Wolf Block wrapper over a regular Hershey wrapper, which I thought somewhat ghetto. Also, I prefer dark chocolate. So I'm iffy about Wolf Block.
Blank, Rome LLP handed out the best breath mints, hands down. Not too strong, not too sweet. It's the Platonic ideal of breathmintness. It was especially thrilling because, a few months ago, at a Reed Smith reception, I was given a small tin of mints, totally loved them, and had no idea who manufactured them (they were in a Reed Smith tin). Also, back then, my conscience was still vocal on the subject of taking multiple freebies. Upon cracking open a Blank, Rome box, I realized that they were the exact same mints. I guess they have the same supplier. So, of course, I swiped an extra box. Come hiring time, I will definitely keep Blank, Rome in mind, because, if I work for them, I'll be able to have all the perfect mints I want. Not like Howrey, Simon, Arnold & White or Choate, Hall & Stewart, whose mints taste suspiciously like Starbucks mints, which are too strong for my taste.
So, I guess the moral of my story is, I am well on my way to resigning myself to my fate of growing up, getting a job and relinquishing most of my personal freedom, because at least I will be doing it with a pocket full of free pens and very fresh breath. And, of course, a yoyo.