The Office of Private Sector Careers helps students and alumni explore opportunities in the private sector. We appreciate your support and greatly value our partnership with you. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance.
To learn more about various ways to connect with our students through networking opportunities and/or virtual on-campus interview programs, please click through the sections outlined below.
For judicial job opportunities, please contact the Office of Judicial Careers. For public interest/public service work opportunities, please contact the Office of Public Interest/Public Service Law and Careers.
You may post a job for students and alumni on Symplicity.
- Go to the Symplicity homepage at https://law-columbia-csm.symplicity.com/employers
- Click the Jobs tab on the navigation bar, followed by Job Postings
- Click Post A Job
- Fill out the details of the position, including how you would like to receive applications (via email, external url (‘other - enter below’), or Resume Collect (‘accumulate online’), and click Submit.
If you have any questions or issues posting a private sector position, or would like to set up a Symplicity account, please email us.
Members of the judiciary interested in hiring a Columbia Law School student or graduate should contact the Office of Judicial Careers. Employers interested in hiring a Columbia Law School student or graduate for a public interest or public sector position should contact the Office of Public Interest/Public Service Law and Careers.
If you would like to connect with our students, host networking events, and/or participate in a practice interview program, please contact Sonovia Harmon, Associate Director of Programming and Events.
The directory of student organizations and journals can be found here.
The chart below summarizes the types of employers and students participating in each of our JD interview programs:
|Student Class Years
|Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI)
|Late August - September 2024
Private Sector (3L only)
2L (Public sector)
3L (All sectors)
|Spring On-Campus Interview (OCI)
|January - March 2025
|All J.D. Class Years (All sectors)
|LL.M. Overseas Interview Program
|Private Sector & NGOs
|LL.Ms at Columbia, Chicago, Harvard, Michigan, Stanford, Virginia & Yale.
|Summer Interview Program
|July 24 -
July 26, 2024
|Private Sector Government
|2L, 3L (All sectors)
The Summer Recruiting Program (SIP/EAP) is the largest of Columbia Law School’s annual recruitment programs and provides the opportunity for 2Ls and 3Ls to interview with private and select public sector employers for summer positions. To be eligible for Columbia Law School’s Summer Recruiting Program, students must participate in mandatory programming designed to prepare them for the recruiting process. For more information, please click here.
If you would like to speak further regarding whether your organization might benefit from participating in the Summer Recruiting Program (SIP/EAP), please contact Jennifer Torres, Assistant Director of Recruiting.
The Office of Private Sector Careers in conjunction with the Office of Public Interest/Public Service Law and Careers hosts two additional On-Campus Interview Programs for J.D. students.
Fall OCI (Late August-September) 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 (January-March) 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 January to March.
To learn more about these programs, please contact Jennifer Torres, Assistant Director of Recruiting.
The Overseas-Trained 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 in late January.
The Office of Private Sector Careers 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.