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Preparing for EIP is a multi-step process that takes place throughout the summer. Take some time now to learn about the Early Interview Program and what you’ll need to do before starting your summer job.

Everyone participating in EIP must adhere to our Recruiting and Interview Program Policies.

What is EIP?

What is EIP?

Much of 2L hiring by law firms is facilitated through our extensive on-campus recruiting process known as the Early Interview Program (EIP). In early August, over 400 employers visit Cambridge to interview 2Ls for summer positions as well as some 3Ls for post-graduation positions.

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Step-by-Step Guide to EIP

1. Getting Started

Preparing for EIP is a multi-step process that includes updating your materials, researching employers, bidding on firms, practicing your interview skills, managing callbacks, and ultimately deciding on offers. Take some time now to learn about the Early Interview Program and what you’ll need to do before starting your summer job.

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2. Materials, Receptions, Wardrobe and Other Foundations | Late May–Late July

Get the following items out of the way early so you don’t have to worry about them later this summer.

3. Employer Research | June (For bidding) and August (for Interviewing)

4. Strategic Bidding | July

Bidding strategy is an important key to EIP success. DO NOT wait until the last minute to research employers and prepare your list. Start working on the Strategic Bidding steps early and give yourself time to reflect and refine your list before bids are due.

5. Networking and Interview Preparation/Practice | June–August

Do not underestimate the importance of the EIP screening interview. The interview, more than any other component of your application, is still within your control and can tip the scales in one direction or the other. The key to a successful interview is preparation. Being well-prepared means knowing what you want from a firm, knowing what the firm wants from an associate, and being ready to show the firm that those match. 

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6. The Week Before EIP | July 29–August 4

Complete any last preparation steps now so you can focus on your interviews during EIP week. When EIP week is here you’ll want to know that you’ve set yourself up for success.

7. EIP Week | August 5–9

  • Bring only what you need—there is no bag or coat check—and be prepared to bring your belongings with you or leave them with a friend.
  • Check the Daily Add openings to see which firms have available interview slots. The daily add table allows you to add interviews for firms that are at EIP that day and have open slots. The table is open daily from 8:30 to 11:30 am.
  • Review the list of EIP Employers and see which ones will have Hospitality Suites.
  • Before your interviews be sure to turn off your cell phone.
  • Remember that employers might not be wearing business attire when they’re not interviewing. Be mindful of your etiquette inside the hotel and around Harvard Square. Maintain your professionalism with every person you encounter, from hotel staff to recruitment staff to your classmates.
  • Bookmark What to Expect at EIP for easy reference.
  • Visit OCS Advisors and Peer Advisors at the JD Students table for questions, mock interviews, and general check ins.
  • Report and check in on callbacks – OCS tracks callbacks as they come in, so students can check in to see if a particular firm has begun extending callbacks.
  • Deadline: August 5 @ 12pm (noon). Deadline to bid on Resume Collection firms.
  • Start scheduling Callbacks (see below for more information).

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8. Callbacks and Offers | August–September

Most employers that participate in HLS recruitment programs have a second round of “callback” interviews at their own offices before they make final hiring decisions. A callback interview typically lasts two to four hours and gives the employer the opportunity to evaluate your fit for the firm. Use this time to evaluate firms.



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