By Phyllis Wan
Young, diverse law students often enter law school with less professional work experience, fewer networking opportunities and limited insights into a legal career than their majority counterparts. For these young adults, entering the legal workforce can be anxiety laden, intimidating and peppered with misconceptions.
Hogan Lovells founded the Practical Skills Program in 2007 to narrow the gap and level the playing field for these law students. Each year, Hogan Lovells invites ethnically diverse and LGBT law students from our local law schools into its offices for a half-day program to diminish the intimidation factor of large law firms, bolster students’ confidence and eliminate many of the unfounded assumptions many students have about “BigLaw” and law firm careers.
The program accepts students from the University of Colorado Law School and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and took on 37 students this year (up from 33 in 2016). In prior years, the program has had between 40 and 60 students attend.
On Jan. 20, Hogan hosted these students and provided each with a 40-minute mock interview and critique with valuable feedback and interview experience. Students then toured the office with associates who had been through its summer program and senior lawyers who had been associates, to give the students the opportunity to ask other questions about the firm’s culture and work environment as well as general questions about law-firm life. Questions range from “How many female attorneys do you have on staff?” to “What do you find is best and worst about working at Hogan Lovells?” and “where do you eat lunch?”