For Employers

The Office of Career Services and Professional Development (OCS) appreciates your support and we greatly value our partnership with you. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance.

Members of the judiciary interested in hiring a Columbia Law School student or graduate should contact the Office of Judicial Clerkships.

Employers interested in hiring a Columbia Law School student or graduate for a public interest or public sector position should contact Social Justice Initiatives.

Connect with Students and the Office of Career Services

Host Virtual 2L Fall and 1L Spring Networking Events

Please contact Sonovia Harmon, [email protected], with any inquiries

Post Additional Communications or Messages to Students on our EIP website

Email a PDF file to Sherien Khonsari at [email protected]

Update your Firm Profile and Contacts in Symplicity

Contact Walter Alves at [email protected]

You may post any open positions for students and alumni on Symplicity. For questions regarding student postings, please contact the Director of Career Advising and Professional Development, and for questions regarding alumni postings, please contact the Director of Alumni and International Career Services.

The Winter Interview Program, to be hosted virtually in January 2021, is the largest of Columbia Law School’s annual recruitment programs and provides the opportunity for 2Ls to interview with law firms, corporations, and government organizations for summer positions. There will be a limited number of 3Ls available for postgraduate positions as well.  

The chart below summarizes the types of employers and students participating in each of our JD interview programs:

Program

2020-21
Interview Dates

Employer Types

Student Class Years

Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI)

August 31 - September 25

Public Interest

Government
Judicial Clerkships 

Private Sector (3L only)

2L (Public sector)

3L (All sectors)

Winter Interview Program (formerly EIP)

January 11-13

Private Sector

Government 

2L, 3L (All sectors)

Spring On-Campus Interview (OCI)

February 2 - 26

Public Interest

Government 

Private Sector 

All J.D. Class Years (All sectors)

LL.M. Overseas Interview Program

April 9

Private Sector & NGOs

LL.M.s

(Columbia & Partner schools- Chicago, Harvard, Michigan, Stanford, Virginia & Yale)

Winter Interview Program

The Winter Interview Program, to be hosted virtually in January 2021, is the largest of Columbia Law School’s annual recruitment programs and provides the opportunity for 2Ls to interview with law firms, corporations, and government organizations for summer positions. There will be a limited number of 3Ls available for postgraduate positions as well.  

Each year law firms, corporations, and government organizations conduct 20-minute interviews for summer and full-time positions. Students indicate their interview preferences through an online bidding system, and interviews are assigned by lottery. To be eligible for the Winter Interview Program, students must participate in mandatory programming designed to prepare them for the recruiting process.

If you would like to speak further regarding whether your organization might benefit from participation in the Winter Interview Program, please contact our Senior Associate Director of Recruiting.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Dates:

Monday, January 11 through Wednesday, January 13

Format:

Virtual 

Registration:

Through Symplicity

  • Registration
  • Invoicing and payments
  • Resume and schedule delivery

To create an account or reset your password.

Registration Confirmation Period:

Monday, September 8 through Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Schedule Fees:

$800 (First schedule for each location)

$600 (Each additional schedule)

$400 (Half day)

$400 (Employers with fewer than 25 attorneys)

There is no fee for public sector employers.

 

Example: If you wish to interview for your New York office and seek a separate schedule for your Los Angeles office, you will be charged $800 separately for the first Los Angeles schedule (i.e. it does not qualify as an additional schedule, but rather as a first schedule).

Deposit:

$250 per schedule to be invoiced at the end of the Registration Period

Interview Suites:

Interview room changes, cancellations, or additions must be approved by our office.

Hospitality Suites:

Please indicate on your registration form if you are interested in a virtual hospitality suite.

Interview Date Assignment:​

mid-October, subject to full payment of outstanding invoices

Student Bidding Period:

Friday, November 6 – Friday, November 20, 2020

The Office of Career Services and Professional Development at Columbia Law School hosts two additional On-Campus Interview Programs for J.D. students.

Fall OCI provides 3L students with an opportunity to interview with law firms, corporations, government, and public interest organizations for summer and postgraduate positions. Interviews are held from September to October.

Spring OCI provides 1L, 2L and 3L students with an opportunity to interview with law firms, corporations, government, and public interest organizations for summer and postgraduate positions. Interviews are held from February to March.

Please contact our Senior Associate Director of Recruiting if you would like to learn more about these programs. 

Overseas-Trained LL.M. Interview Program

The LL.M. Interview Program is an annual program administered by Columbia Law School that is designed to bring together legal employers from around the world to meet with LL.M. students from seven of the top U.S. law schools. 

LL.M. students have the opportunity to interview for permanent and training postgraduate positions with U.S. and foreign law firms. Participating schools include the University of Chicago Law School, Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School, the University of Michigan Law School, Stanford Law School, the University of Virginia School of Law, and Yale Law School. The LL.M. Interview Program will be held virtually on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Student Groups/Journals

Student organizations at Columbia Law School provide invaluable support to their members and enhance the Law School community as a whole. OCS welcomes the opportunity to work with student groups on their career-related programs. There are numerous student groups in the Columbia community. Below are some of the student groups with which we partner:

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)

Black Law Students Associations (BLSA)

California Society (CALSOC)

Columbia Business and Law Association (CBLA)

Columbia Health Law Association

Columbia International Arbitration Association (CIAA)

Columbia Law and Entrepreneurship Society (CLES)

Columbia Law Women's Association (CLWA)

Columbia Real Estate Law Society

Columbia Society of International Law (CSIL)

Empowering Women of Color (EWOC)

Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Society (EASLS)

Environmental Law Society (ELS)

Latino Law Students Association (LALSA)

Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA)

Midwest Society

New England Law Students Association (NELSA)

Outlaws

Society For Law, Science and Technology 

South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)

Texas Society (TxSoc)

 

Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services and Professional Development helps students and alumni explore opportunities in the private sector. We advise students and alumni, provide career-related resources, and host career exploration, professional development, and recruitment programs.