Legal Practice: The Game

Summer is nearly here. Unlike the halcyon days of undergrad summer breaks, you’re probably thinking pretty seriously about your summer job. It might be your first time working as a summer associate, or you’ve settled into a groove and are looking for that full-time offer. We’re all pretty familiar with how employers wine-and-dine summer employees, but the Dutch law firm Houthoff Buruma has taken another approach to recruitment. It’s created a game, appropriately called The Game, that pits potential employees against each other in an interactive, lifelike scenario. This is how the firm itself describes The Game:

The basis is a fictive take-over deal of a Dutch family company by a Chinese state owned giant, where the players represents the Chinese company. The players have 90 minutes to convince enough shareholders to sell their shares and to come up with solutions for hidden issues. In this time they will be confronted with video chats, text chats, film clips, e-mails, CNN news flashes, web sites and more. Over 100 fictional documents have been drafted that could be mistaken by professionals for real. Specially created 3D visuals and seven professional actors playing the various characters bring The Game to life.

And this is the promo which gives you a glimpse of what the game is like:

What do you think? Would a recruitment tactic like this work for US law firms?

And speaking of summer jobs, don’t forget that our “Top 10 Ways the Library Can Help You This Summer” workshop is tomorrow at noon. Come for the free pizza, stay for the helpful information. Sign up now.

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