Career Profiles

Greg Simon ‘15

Law Clerk, Rippetoe Law

Greg Simon ‘15

What were your responsibilities?
I worked as a law clerk at Rippetoe Law, P.C.—a three-attorney law firm in Irvine, California, which handles business, construction, and public entity claims litigation.

During my employment, I frequently attended depositions and helped the attorneys develop strategies in anticipation of trial. I independently and regularly prepared pleadings, discovery motions, and letters to clients and opposing counsel. Also, I reviewed discovery to identify and summarize any legally significant information. Additionally, I was responsible for tracking and preparing my billable hours each workday.

What excited you most about the job?
It was exciting to interact in a professional workplace each day. I was expected to self-start on projects and manage assignments according to the firm’s calendar and clients’ expectations. I learned to navigate the complexities of civil discovery to best achieve a client’s goals through creative problem solving. I quickly understood the challenges of balancing billable and non-billable time, and developed strategies to maximize productivity each workday.

How did your education and experience at Whittier Law School prepare you for this position?
Both my first-year and second-year (transactional) legal writing/professional skills courses were imperative to my success as a law clerk. In those courses, I learned the necessary research, writing, and contract drafting skills that I utilized every day at work.

Do you have any advice for students or alum seeking employment, particularly in your industry?
My advice is to be professional, but remain personable. In nearly every one of my interviews that resulted in a position offer, I have made it a point to talk about more than legal or work related subjects. I have found that attorneys want to hire an applicant who is not only capable, but personable as well. Being able to talk about relatable topics, such as baseball, music, or literature, can show the attorney that they actually like you as a person, as well as an employee.