Interview Programs

Interviewing On-Campus Before and During the Fall Semester (EIW & FIP)

(Updated 04/21)

Berkeley Law has multiple interview programs during the Fall Semester.  The first program takes place over the course of a single week before the Fall Semester classes begin (called our Early Interview Week, or EIW), and the second program takes place after classes are underway (known as our Fall Semester Interview Program or FIP).

Based on employer input, we believe the timing of the Early Interview Week –EIW– is better suited to firms with larger summer programs and bigger permanent hiring needs.  The Fall Interview Program — FIP — is more tailored to the needs of public interest, government, and smaller firms (i.e., firms with less than 100 lawyers firmwide).  Employers in either program can choose to interview 2L, 3L, LL.M., or J.S.D students.  See below for additional descriptions of EIW and FIP.

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First-time participants in either of our on-campus interview programs can register free of charge.  Public interest employers and government agencies are never charged registration fees.

Employers with positions available, but who are unable to travel to Berkeley during any of the designated interview program periods should contact our Employer Relations and Recruitment Programs Manager, Elizabeth Granlund, at egranlund@law.berkeley.edu to make alternative arrangements. 

Employers who are unable to travel to Berkeley at all this fall, should consider posting a job announcement on our jobs database, the b-Line

EIW

EIW will take place August 3-6, 2021.  EIW interviews are assigned entirely by student lottery.  Participating employers are not able to prescreen candidates.  Interviews will be held virtually. 

Please click here for details and step-by-step instructions on how to submit a schedule request for EIW or EIW Resume Collect on b-Line.

EIW RESUME COLLECT

If you are unable to participate in our virtual Early Interview Week, you should consider participating in our EIW Resume Collect program. Participants receive applications on the same timeline as EIW and the program is effective for offices who do not normally recruit from Berkeley Law due to geographic or limited resource constraints. 

FIP

Employers who register for our FIP are able to select the candidates they want to interview on-campus based on a prior review of their resumes and (if requested) cover letters. 

Berkeley Law does not permit employers in any of our interview programs to review student transcripts in advance (nor do we permit employers to contact students directly for this information in advance of their interviews).  Students are instructed to bring copies of their transcripts to their interviews.

In order to participate in FIP, an employer must be a public interest organization, a government agency, or a law firm with fewer than 100 attorneys firmwide.  FIP-eligible employers are free to participate in EIW instead; however, they will be unable to prescreen candidates.    

Please click here for details and step-by-step instructions on how to submit a schedule request for FIP Phase 1 or 2 on b-Line.

Interviewing On-Campus During the Spring Semester (SIP)

(Updated 11/20)

Our Spring Interview Program — SIP — is held each year during the early part of the spring semester.  Interviews take place at Berkeley Law. 

Similar to our Fall Program (FIP), students apply for interviews and employers are then able to pre-screen applicants, inviting those in whom they are interested. In the Spring, employers may interview 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students.

Please click here for details and step-by-step instructions on how to submit a schedule request on b-Line.

For more information on the Spring OCI program, contact Elizabeth Granlund, Berkeley Law’s Employer Relations and Recruitment Programs Manager at 510-643-7242 or egranlund@law.berkeley.edu.