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General Information

Please visit our OCI Program Comparison webpage to determine which Harvard Law School (HLS) recruitment program best suits your organization’s recruiting needs. For more information on how to register, please visit our EIP Registration page.

  • Participating employers & students
    Through the Early Interview Program (EIP), law firms, businesses and other private sector employers are welcome to interview rising 2L students for summer 2018 positions and / or 3L students for post-graduate positions beginning in fall 2018.
  • Interview dates & location
    EIP interviews will take place from August 7 to August 11, 2017 between 9 am and 5:20 pm at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA. Information regarding interview dates and the booking of hotel rooms will be sent on or after March 13, 2017. Please note that interview dates are determined in advance of registration.
  • Interview length options
    Employers have the option of choosing 20- or 30-minutes interviews.

    • One schedule of 20-minute interviews allows for 20 interview slots.
    • One schedule of 30-minute interviews allows for 13 interview slots.
  • Fees
    $700 per interview schedule. Firms with 40 or fewer attorneys are eligible for a reduced rate of $350 for the first interview schedule. Please visit our OCI Program Comparison webpage for more information about EIP fees.
  • Resume Collections
    If your organization is unable to visit Cambridge for on-campus interviews, we encourage you to participate in our Resume Collection Program.

Important Dates



February 7

Registration opens

Register in Symplicity and read more about registration requirements.

February 28

Priority registration deadline

Employers that complete registration by February 28 will be notified of their interview date and can begin reserving interview and sleeping rooms at The Charles Hotel on March 13.

Employers that complete registration after February 28 will be notified of their organization’s interview date(s) on a rolling basis up to the final registration deadline on June 30.

March 13

Interview dates & hotel reservations

March 13 is the first date to submit hotel reservations to the Charles Hotel.

June 26-June 30

Confirmation Period

This week is the last opportunity to make adjustments to interview schedules before students begin bidding.

June 30

Final registration deadline

July 14-24

Student bidding / application period

July 24-27 (at 10am EST)

Bid Review Period

Learn how many students applied to interview with your organization. This is the last opportunity to adjust interview schedules with OCS & reservations with The Charles Hotel.

August 1

Interview schedules & student resumes released

OCS will publish interview schedules and student resumes in Symplicity on this date.

August 7-11

EIP Interviews

Interviews take place at the Charles Hotel between 9 am and 5:20 pm.

August 7

Resume collection results released

OCS will publish resumes & transcripts from students who bid on resume collections.

August 14-September 1

Callback Interview Period

Callback interviews should not be scheduled to take place during the week of EIP (August 7 to 11).

September 4

Labor Day

September 5

Fall 2017 classes begin for 2Ls & 3Ls

Student Callbacks

As you plan for the upcoming recruiting season, we ask all EIP employers to conduct callback interviews between August 14 and September 1. Please note that classes will begin on September 5 for 2Ls and 3Ls. Consistent with Harvard Law School’s Recruiting Policies & Guidelines, employers may not conduct callback interviews during the week of EIP (August 7 – 11).

We ask that employers inviting candidates to visit their offices explain the organization’s travel expense reimbursement policy prior to the visit. Travel expenses include airfare, rental cars, taxis, and food allowance. It is our experience that clarifying these issues prior to the callback period avoids misunderstandings that may arise when reimbursement policies are not explicit.

Recruiting Policies

All employers participating in EIP will be expected to comply with Harvard Law School’s Recruiting Policies & Guidelines and NALP Timing Guidelines.

Employers are not permitted to pre-screen candidates. A randomized lottery procedure utilizing students’ employer preferences is used to assign interviews. This process is designed to maximize interviewing opportunities for both students and employers. Other than resumes, employers cannot ask for additional documents in advance of interviews. Students will bring transcripts, writing samples and / or references to the interview upon request. Requests for cover letters are not permitted.

NALP member employers must complete the Pro Bono section of the NALP Form by June 1.


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