Kara Reidy

Kara Reidy

With 25 years of law firm recruiting experience at two Vault 100 firms, Kara Reidy provides law students with practical and effective advice on the job search process.  Ms. Reidy's insider's perspective on law firm hiring helps law students understand the law firm mindset.  Her extensive knowledge is a product of assessing the aptitude and potential of tens of thousands of law school candidates throughout her career.  Law students interested in a personalized consultation can reach Kara Reidy at Kara.p.reidy@gmail.com.

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A 1L's Guide to Landing a Summer Associateship

by Kara Reidy  |  December 14, 2015

You are a first-year law student, your exposure to the practice of law has been minimal, you have few, if any, discernable legal skills, and the substance of your first semester curriculum has, on a practical level, prepared you for precious little. You're hired! Odd as it may seem, a good number of employers, particularly law firms, are fully cognizant that 1Ls lack the legal background necessary to contribute to their bottom line but are equally ready to hired them. But appraising a 1L... Read More >

What to Do When You’re Jobless After OCI

by Kara Reidy  |  September 30, 2015

The law school OCI program is wrapping up. While a number of law students have successfully secured employment for the summer of 2016, a great many have not. If you have found yourself in the daunting, and wholly unwelcome, position of having to extend your job search, do not despair. Contrary to popular belief, your legal career has not ended before it even started. You are, however, in a tough spot and your situation needs to be addressed immediately and aggressively. When I advise... Read More >

The Secret to Callback Interview Success

by Kara Reidy  |  August 12, 2015

You have survived the insanity of the on-campus interview process. Your head is spinning but there is no time to take a breather. Your attention must now turn to callback, or in-office, interviews. Law firms have exceptionally high expectations of students invited to their offices. Planning must be exhaustive because it is, quite simply, inconsiderate to attend a callback with inadequate preparation. If you do show up ill-equipped to present yourself as a well-rehearsed viable candidate,... Read More >

What Every Law Student Should Know about OCI

by Kara Reidy  |  July 13, 2015

I'm not going to sugar coat it. Securing a summer associate position at a prestigious and economically healthy law firm is not for the faint of heart.  The official on-campus interview process (OCI) is about to begin in earnest and it will be all-consuming for participating law students. Now is the time to prepare your strategy. During my 25 years recruiting for Vault Law/AmLaw 100 law firms I came in contact with every kind of applicant. I witnessed, first hand, what candidates in search... Read More >