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Want a Big Law Job? Skadden Debuts New App

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. | Last updated on

Law school gunners, start your engines. And, your iPhone or iPad.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has launched its very own BigLaw app.

Called "Skadden Start Here," the free mobile application comes loaded with goodies for any aspiring BigLaw interviewee.

It features tidbits of information about the firm policies and their view on firm life. It will let users keep up-to-date with Skadden's global recruiting efforts.

Included in the application is a feature that allows users to scan in Skadden business cards and add them to their contact list, according to The New York Times.

Technology-deprived law students shouldn't feel too left out. Apparently, Skadden's recruiting process now also includes free pizza trucks sent out to top-tier law schools, The New York Times reports. You don't need an app to get pizza.

But, should you install this application? Aside from the fact that you could look completely obnoxious, it could be useful.

Researching firms for OCI interviews is vital. Your career services office should tell you that much. After all, you don't want to end up embarrassing yourself and asking a firm about their antitrust practice when it turns out they don't have one.

And, preparation is the key to succeeding in the OCI process. So is sending those annoying "thank you" emails post-interview. An app like Skadden's might make it easier to send off emails by storing business card information on your phone.

So, what kinds of drawbacks are there to using this BigLaw app? Well, suppose you install "Skadden Start Here" on your phone. You excitedly (and naively) finish your interviews. You wait for an offer. It never comes. You are then forced to sadly delete the app from your phone, which only serves to remind you of your crushed BigLaw dreams.

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