We agree with the author of the following article that starting an interview with "so, tell me about yourself" is a lazy approach, but lawyers who are interviewing seem particularly inclined to start off with this question. The key to answering this question is exactly as the author states: Keep your answer under two minutes and tailor your answer to the job at hand! (Whatever you do, don't drone on and on about yourself, or start talking about your early or personal life.)
Every day at Momentum Search Partners, law firm attorneys call our recruiters seeking in-house positions because they want to work closer to the business team, be more involved in a company’s business decisions and be part of the overall “big picture” strategy that corporate legal work typically provides. Part of our job as legal recruiters is to dig deeper to determine which candidates really understand what being part of the business team means - and whether they can successfully make the transition. A critical factor is communication and the ability to connect with the business team. But what does that mean, exactly?
What You’re Forgetting To Research Before Your In-House Interview http://www.inhouseblog.com/research_before_your_in-house_interview/
Just a few years ago, the Texas energy industry was thriving and candidates were driving the hiring process. Candidates could sit back and let the client sell them on why they should move from a job that is stable and fulfilling to an even better opportunity. But our legal headhunters saw a dramatic shift at the end of 2009 and through much of 2011. Corporations suddenly held the bargaining chip - a job. Sometimes, the job was pulled before an offer went out to the selected finalist due to other corporate constraints.