A Message to Those Preparing for EIP

Hello WLA Members!

The WLA wants to wish everyone who is doing EIP good luck.  We also want to give you some general EIP advice, which we sent to the rising 2L class last summer.  Below is a list of resources that can help as you research firms, put together your bid list, and prepare for interviews.  Hopefully this list will provide some quick links to helpful information.

On a different note, we encourage everyone going through EIP to enjoy the process.  We know it can be stressful to do so many interviews, keep track of all the different firms, and be “on” all the time. However, remember that these interviews will be more enjoyable and successful if you are relaxed, friendly, and approachable instead of stressed and nervous.  It’s easier said than done, but think of EIP as an opportunity to talk to many accomplished lawyers about their careers and to learn from them.  If you have a good attitude and relax, you’ll do well.  We are truly lucky to be at a law school where almost everyone who wants a firm job gets one.  Remember that and enjoy EIP.

We also encourage each of you to give some serious thought to how you will take care of yourself throughout EIP.  Make sure you plan for sleep, exercise, and occasional mental breaks.  The waiting room at the Charles Hotel can be an overwhelming place if you haven’t done some thinking about what environment will be best for you.  Decide ahead of time if you’d like to hang out with friends while you wait for interviews, or if you should bring headphones and plan on separating yourself from the fray.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me, your WLA Big Sister, Nitzan and Julie, or any WLA members.  As a rising 2L, I will be going through this process right alongside you, but I will do my best to answer any questions you have about EIP and can refer you to rising 3Ls who may have more information.  We are all here for you.

Best of luck!

WLA Firms Committee
Caroline Stern (2L – WLA Firms Committee Chair)

Bidding advice:

https://www.law.harvard.edu/current/careers/ocs/jd/secure/recruiting-and-job-search-/early-interview-program/strategic-bidding/index.html

EIP statistics:

https://www.law.harvard.edu/current/careers/ocs/jd/secure/researching-employers/eip-statistics/index.html

EIP logistics:

https://www.law.harvard.edu/current/careers/ocs/jd/secure/recruiting-and-job-search-/early-interview-program/2013/eip_2013_step_by_step.pdf

Pronunciation guide for law firm names:

https://www.law.harvard.edu/current/careers/ocs/jd/secure/researching-employers/law-firm-pronunciation-guide/index.html

Compilation of law firm rankings and guides:

https://www.law.harvard.edu/current/careers/ocs/jd/secure/researching-employers/rankings-/index.html

Who worked where (Career Services Management login required):

https://blogs.law.harvard.edu/hireground/who-worked-where-lists-now-available-in-csm/

Difference between screener and call-back interviews:

https://www.law.harvard.edu/current/careers/ocs/jd/secure/interviews/on-campus-vs.-callback-interviews/index.html

Dressing for the interviews:

https://www.law.harvard.edu/current/careers/ocs/jd/secure/interviews/dressing-for-the-interview/index.html

Ideas for questions to ask at callbacks:

https://www.law.harvard.edu/current/careers/ocs/jd/secure/interviews/callback_questions.pdf

Questions to be ready to answer:

https://www.law.harvard.edu/current/careers/ocs/jd/secure/interviews/questions-employers-may-ask-you/questions-employers-may-ask-you.html

Law firm reception etiquette:

https://www.law.harvard.edu/current/careers/ocs/jd/secure/interviews/law-firm-reception-etiquette/index.html

Podcasts:

https://www.law.harvard.edu/current/careers/ocs/jd/secure/media-and-online-resources/2013-summer-podcasts/index.html

 
 

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