Program Details

Virtual Interview Program Date

Friday, April 9, 2021

Other Important Dates

  • Employer Registration: October 20 – December 4
  • Employers Receive Registration Confirmation: continuous
  • Pre-selection Period: February 10 – February 24
  • Resume Book Selection Period: February 10 – February 24
  • Employer Final Schedule Display: April 6

Participating Schools

  • University of Chicago Law School
  • Columbia Law School
  • Harvard Law School
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • Stanford Law School
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • Yale Law School

Student Participation

Given the global health and logistical challenges to students wishing to study in the United States, this academic year all seven participating schools admitted cohorts of students while maintaining the standards expected of our elite institutions. Different models of instruction are being practiced at different schools including in-person, complete virtual and hybrid class programs. It is important for you to know that the New York Court has approved a waiver in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which allows virtual instruction for LL.M.s.  Please note that most students who enrolled in the Fall will have LL.M. grades available by April 9, while those who enrolled in a program with a January start will likely have their LL.M. grades very soon after the Interview Program, thereby allowing employers to make their evaluations in a timely fashion.

Please contact [email protected] if you would like to receive more information of the preliminary composition of this year’s LL.M. student country jurisdictions (Country of First Law degree).

Participating Employers

  • International Law Firms
  • Corporations
  • Consulting Firms
  • Government Organizations
  • Banks

Program Format

Schedules of 20-minute screening interviews:

  • Full day schedule: 20 students
  • Half day schedule: 10 students

50-minute lunch break plus two 15-minute interview breaks.

Students are chosen through a 100 percent pre-selection process.

There will be one round of pre-selections. Additional candidates can be selected from our 2021 Overseas Trained LL.M. Interview Program Résumé Book.

Program Fees

Virtual Interview Program

  • Full day interview schedule: $450
  • Half day interview schedule: $225

These fees take into consideration the cost of technological infrastructure, the virtual interview platform, and access to candidates from seven elite law schools.

Deposit

A $250 deposit is required for each full interview schedule and $100 deposit for half day schedule.

Résumé Collections

Most employers will request for one collection for one office. If you would like a collection for more than one office, then the following is the pricing. For example, if you would like a résumé collection for your New York office and another for your London office, this would be a total of two collections. 

  • 1 to 3 collections: $250
  • 4 to 6 collections: $350
  • 7 to 9 collections: $450
  • 10+ collections: $550

Refunds

Refunds for cancellations will not be granted after February 10, 2021.

Employer Registration Period
October 20 – December 4

Other Important Dates

  • Employers Receive Registration Confirmation: continuous
  • Pre-selection Period: February 10 – February 24
  • Résumé Book Selection Period: February 10 – February  24
  • Employer Final Schedule Display: April 6

Where to Register
On our new Consortium Symplicity online portal. Click here to access the new site. The site is used for:

  • Registration
  • Invoicing and payments
  • Selecting candidates for the interview program
  • View final interview schedule

Create a new account or reset your password.  We recommend you bookmark the site for greater convenience. Registering for an account is the first step, then you must follow instructions below to register for the program.

Complete Registration Form
Click the “Program Registration” tab and then the “Register for Program” button at the bottom of the page.

Registration Tips
The following are some of the questions you will be asked when completing the registration form:

  • Registering Office: If your firm has more than one office, select which office this registration is for from the drop down menu.
  • Résumé Collect or Interview Program: Select “Resume Collect” if you are only requesting for resumes (CVs) from the candidates or “Interview Program” if you plan on interviewing them during the virtual interview program on April 9, 2021.
  • Include Related Offices: Only select ‘Yes’ if the registering office is interviewing for additional locations and you want students interested in all of these locations to be combined on one schedule (aka multi-office or firmwide schedules). You will be prompted to select which offices the schedule should include at the bottom of the form. If you want students separated out onto different schedules by location then you must submit a separate registration form for each office.
  • Additional Locations:  Only complete this section if the other offices are not listed at the bottom of form.
  • Allow Interviews With Multiple Offices: This is for contacts registering for more than one interview schedule. Select "Yes" if you want students to interview separately with each office they are interested in. Select "No" if you want students to interview once with your firm.
  • Schedules: Enter the number of interview schedules you will have for this office. For employers who would like to split a full day between two half day interviews, then you should enter "2" for "Schedules."
  • Time Span: There are various start time options based on New York time. We recommend you select the following for your interviewer’s region:
    • North America, Central & South America: Morning 1/Afternoon 1/Full Day 1
    • UK & Europe: Morning 2/Afternoon 2/Full Day 2
    • Asia & Australia: Morning 3 (if you would like to see a full day of students, then we encourage you to have two interviewers simultaneously in separate “schedules”).
  • Interviewer: Enter Interviewer name(s) if available.
  • Position Description: Indicate if the position is permanent or temporary (ex. 6 month, one year) and if your firm/office is hiring into a specific practice group. This information is required.
  • Additional Document Types: The applicant's materials will include both the resume and country of first law degree transcript by default. Please check off any additional documents your office requires.
  • Additional Requests: Only complete this to explain “Other” in the previous question.
  • Hiring Criteria, Country of Law Degree and Foreign Language requirements: Please describe any specific hiring criteria (such as practice experience), country of first law degree and language requirements and whether each specified criteria is preferred or required. This information is required.
  • Attachment(s): Please include any marketing materials here. We discourage event invitations; those should be emailed to program administrators.

Participating Schools
Please note that this is the only interview program in which LL.M. students from Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Michigan, Stanford, Virginia, and Yale participate. These schools support the program financially and administratively to ensure the success of our students. Accordingly, this program is reserved exclusively for interviewing students from these seven participating schools.

Timing of Offers
We understand that many employers organize student-related receptions and pre-interview programs in the fall semester, prior to the start of the formal interviewing process at the interview program. Similarly, we know that many students who participate in our program may contact you directly to interview in your international offices during a scheduled trip to your region or a school break. In order to provide all students and employers a fair and reasonable time frame for making hiring decisions, the schools participating in the interview program provide the following recommendation regarding offer timing: All offers given by an employer to a student from a participating school prior to the interview program (April 9, 2021) should remain open until the first business day two weeks after the interview program (April 23, 2021).

Nondiscrimination

  1. Columbia Law School adheres to the non-discrimination statement set forth by the Association of American Law Schools.
  2. As a condition of obtaining any form of recruiting  assistance from Columbia Law School, employers are required to confirm their willingness to observe our equal opportunity commitment:
    Columbia Law School pursues a policy of equal opportunity to obtain employment, without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, gender (including gender identity or expression), or sexual orientation. Columbia Law School communicates to each employer to whom it furnishes assistance and facilities for interviewing and other recruitment functions the school’s expectation that the employer will observe these principles of equal opportunity.
  3. Federal law limits service in the United States military by some transgender individuals. This policy is in conflict with Columbia Law School’s policy against discrimination on grounds of gender identity or expression. However, the Solomon Amendment, another provision of federal law, provides that a university will lose all federal funds if a law school excludes military recruiters. As such, Columbia Law School cannot apply its non-discrimination policy in the case of military recruiters. This exception to our policy does not in any way reflect acceptance of, or agreement with, any existing or proposed discriminatory hiring practices, including against transgender individuals in the Armed Services.
  4. Columbia University is committed to fostering an environment that is free from gender-based discrimination and harassment, including sexual assault and all other forms of gender-based misconduct. Recruitment activities that are arranged through Columbia Law School, including on-campus interview programs and recruitment events, are covered by Columbia University policies.   

Complaint Procedures for Employer Violations of Nondiscrimination Policy
If someone makes you feel uncomfortable during your job search, you should speak with a career counselor immediately. Employer violations include, but are not limited to, questions or comments related to your race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, gender (including gender identity or expression), and sexual orientation. Remarks related to the above matters are not only inappropriate, they are often illegal and our office takes them very seriously. Do not hesitate, even if you think that your claim is minor.

Contact Us

Overseas Trained LL.M. Interview Program Administrators