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How to Choose Writing Samples for an Interview

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I am a fifth-year litigator and recently got an interview at a law firm.  They asked me to bring a writing sample for my interview.  I avoided sending one with my resume because I had no idea which one to use, but now I need to bring one.  Do you have any advice on choosing writing samples? - A.G., Chicago

 
How to choose writing samples for an interview

Answer:

Dear A.G.,

This is one of the questions I get most frequently from attorneys.

I'll start off by acknowledging that finding a writing sample can be slightly overwhelming at first, especially if you are a supreme perfectionist. For some, there is something daunting about finding and dusting off a previously written document, only to find that it is not as "perfect" as you had remembered. If you're like most attorneys, I imagine this may be why you initially avoided sending a writing sample with your resume and transcript.

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