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On-Campus Interviews

We first meet most of our Summer Associates at the following on-campus interview programs and job fairs:

If we do not recruit on campus at your law school, you may apply here between July 15 and August 31.

Callback Interviews

After an on-campus interview, candidates get a call within about 24 hours if we’d like them to come to our office for a callback interview.  We offer candidates two callback interview formats: a traditional callback or a callback during a Choate Interview Evening.  Both formats involve interviews with four Choate lawyers – two partners and two associates.

Traditional Callback Interviews

In the traditional callback interview format, candidates spend about 2 ½ hours at the Firm, meeting with two partners, two associates and a member of the legal recruiting team.  At least two of your interviewers will be members of the Hiring Committee.  Traditional callbacks are held during regular business hours.

Choate Interview Evening

Candidates who choose to participate in a Choate Interview Evening spend about four hours at the Firm, starting in the late afternoon, and meet dozens of attorneys, including Hiring Committee members, in both interview and social settings.  The evening is kicked off with welcoming remarks from the Hiring Partners.  Candidates then interview with two partners and two associates and spend 30 minutes in a hospitality suite, where they meet with a few associates, other law students and the Recruiting team.  The formal interview program is followed by a cocktail reception, where candidates meet more of our partners and associates, have a chance to debrief with their interviewers, and get to know other students who are interviewing at the Firm.

Whether candidates choose to participate in a traditional callback or do a Choate Interview Evening, all interviews take place in interviewers’ offices. 

We encourage candidates to choose the callback format that is most convenient and comfortable for them.

Preparing for Interviews

Our interviews are designed to allow us to get to know you and you to get to know the Firm.  We ask behavioral-based interview questions that are designed to give us insight into your problem-solving skills, ability to contribute to high-functioning teams, commercial orientation, judgment and work ethic.  We also engage in a discussion of candidates’ writing samples.  Of course, we hope that the interview is a conversation, and encourage candidates to ask questions of us, too.

 

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