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    Law Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Berry Appleman & Leiden.

    Interview

    Simple, comfortable, quick turnaround. Interviewed by the head paralegal who was professional and cordial. I was asked a lot of questions about any previous immigration experience, no matter how insignificant.

    Interview Questions

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    No Offer
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Berry Appleman & Leiden.

    Interview

    Pretty straight forward process. Submitted my resume and cover letter after adding some key job descriptions and I was contacted by their HR team. Had to submit additional documents such as a writing sample, and I was then asked to schedule an in person interview.

    I met with the senior associate and the senior paralegal who were looking to replace someone on their team. The interview itself was mainly behavioral, with little to no knowledge needed of immigration law. They just wanted to see if I was a right fit for their team. Also, there is a writing test after the interview which tests your analytic, grammatical, and proof-reading skills (nothing difficult).

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    Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Berry Appleman & Leiden (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Saw an ad on craigslist, applied online, they called me in for an interview - 3 women interviewed me, asked me basic questions about my resume.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing unexpected - just connect your resume to what they're looking for.   Answer Question
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    Immigration Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Berry Appleman & Leiden (Dallas, TX) in August 2013.

    Interview

    I applied for the position off Craigslist and was contacted by an HR representative to set up an interview with 3 attorney's at the Dallas office. They all asked standard interview questions and were friendly which made the interview very natural. Then shortly after my first interview I was invited back for a second one which was with two co-workers which focused on similar standard interview questions (i.e. do you have immigration experience? Why do you want to work here? How organized are you? What's an accomplishment you are proud of?) After that I took a written assessment asking me if two things are the same or different and circle it if it's different or the same. Then I had a reading comprehension section which asked me questions about what i read. Finally, I had to circle if words were misspelled and the correct definition.

    Interview Questions

    • Overall I found oddly enough the co-worker interview the most difficult since they seemed very tense.   Answer Question
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    Legal Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Berry Appleman & Leiden (Dallas, TX) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Had an interview with the HR Coordinator and was approved to go on to the next round of interviews. After that, I was invited to interview with two attorneys about the project. No details were conveyed and very little in specifics were identified. But they just asked what type of work would I be interested in.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to get involved in Immigration work now?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    Their firm is like a sweatshop and interns aren't respected for anything other than how well they can do it the BAL way.

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    Immigration Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Berry Appleman & Leiden (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Applied through CL and spoke with HR to schedule an in person interview. Sat through 4 rounds of interviews (2 with HR and 2 with attorneys).

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?

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    Paralegal Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Berry Appleman & Leiden (San Francisco, CA) in December 2011.

    Interview

    Excellent benefits but there seems to be a bad vibe.

    Interview Questions

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    Paralegal Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Berry Appleman & Leiden (San Francisco, CA) in October 2011.

    Interview

    Applied from Craigslist, contacted within a week, and interview scheduled.

    Reasons for Declining

    BAL partner contacted my current employer before I responded to offer.

  10. Helpful (1)  

    Immigration Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Berry Appleman & Leiden (Atlanta, GA) in October 2011.

    Interview

    I was required to take a spelling assessment, where I had to circle misspelled legal terms and then circle the best definition selection out of 3 choices for each word listed. Furthermore, the assessment also judged your attention to detail, which you must decide whether two sentences listed are the same or different. In the midst of all of this, I also interviewed with about 8 different people in between finishing my assessment, which i found to be a little excessive. However, the company culture seemed very relaxed for a law firm and everyone dressed business casual. I think I interviewed well, but i did not know some of the legal jargon, which is why I think I wasn't offered a position.

    Interview Questions

    • what is your favorite color, holiday, animal? Tell me a story using all 3?   1 Answer
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    Immigration Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Berry Appleman & Leiden (Atlanta, GA) in February 2011.

    Interview

    After checking in at the front desk, one of the associates led me to a conference room and left me alone to take an assessment that tested my spelling skills, knowledge of legal terms and attention to detail. Afterwards I was led to another room and different employees rotated through to meet with me. One explained the job in more detail and the culture of the firm (busy, must be able to multi-task, 40 hour weeks), another asked me your basic interview questions, and at the end two of the senior associates/partners asked me more about my resume. I was extremely nervous and allowed myself to be intimidated by the last two interviewers which apparently showed because I received an email the same day stating that I was no longer in the running for the position.

    Interview Questions

    • If you had a client that you had to advise and lead to the right associates, what would you ask?   Answer Question

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