Interviewing and Networking

Make the connections to jump-start your career in the private sector. The Office of Career Services and Professional Development connects employers with J.D. and LL.M. students through a variety of interviewing and networking opportunities.

 

The Office of Career Services and Professional Development connects employers with J.D. and LL.M. students through a variety of interviewing and networking opportunities.

Interview Programs 

For the 2020-21 academic year, all on-campus interview programs will be held virtually.

Quiet spaces with sufficient internet bandwidth to accommodate video interviews will be made available on campus for students who need them.

To sign up for any of these programs, log in to Symplicity and go to the “Interview Programs” tab, then follow the instructions provided there. Select the desired Session.

Fall On-Campus Interview Program

The Fall On-Campus Interview Program provides 3L students with an opportunity to interview with law firms, corporations, the government, and public interest organizations for postgraduate positions. Interviews will be held virtually from August to October. 

Winter Interview Program (formerly EIP)

The Winter Interview Program is the primary J.D. interview program. Principally second-year students participate in this program, one of the largest single-school recruitment programs in the world. This multi-day event is an important step in securing summer and full-time employment in the private sector. Additional information about preparing for the program will be provided through the Winter Interview Program Orientation, available on demand in the Fall.

Interviews are based on student preference—students have the choice to interview with employers that interest them. This past year, approximately 8,000 individual interview slots were available to students during EIP. 

Spring On-Campus Interview Program 

The Spring On-Campus Interview Program provides J.D. students with an opportunity to interview with law firms, corporations, the government, and public interest organizations for summer and postgraduate positions. Interviews will be held virtually in February. 

LL.M. Interview Program

As the primary interview program for LL.M. candidates, the program brings together leading global employers and students from seven of the top U.S. law schools. LL.M. students can interview for permanent and training postgraduate positions with U.S. and international 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 hosted virtually on April 9, 2021. Orientation for the program occurs in January.

Interview Resources and Tips 

Practice Interviews

  • The Office of Career Services and Professional Development hosts Private Sector Practice Interview Programs for second-year students during the fall and for first-year law students during the spring and summer. Certain sessions are held in partnership with student organization sponsors.
  • Attorneys conduct 20-minute mock interviews and provide feedback on student performance. 
  • The office also coordinates interviews with alumni and attorneys nationally and internationally.
  • Online tutorials about conducting virtual interviews are available on demand to students through Courseworks.
  • All 1Ls are required to attend one Private Sector Practice Interview in order to participate in the Winter Interview Program. Additional details about how to participate will be provided closer to each program's confirmed date.

Networking
 

LinkedIn: LinkedIn User Guides
NALP: Working with a Mentor: 50 Practical Suggestions for Success
Associations: Bar Associations Membership and Mentoring

Clothing Closet

It is important for future lawyers to have the appropriate attire for professional events such as conferences, interviews, meetings, and receptions. If you are ever in need of a suit and/or accessories, OCS has a clothing closet from which you may borrow what you need.

What We Have
Our clothing closet has suits and accessories (including ties, belts, shirts, and blouses) for men and women in a range of sizes.  

Trying on the Clothing
Students may browse the closet and try on the clothing during daily office hours by simply making an appointment. For appointments, please email Career Services.

Borrowing Clothing
You must present your CUID and sign a contract. Clothing will be lent out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Returning the Clothing
Students may borrow clothing for up to 30 days depending on need. The date of return will be set when the student checks out the suit. All clothing must be returned in the condition in which it was lent out and dry cleaned with a receipt.

Clothing Closet Hours
Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.