Student Information

What is the International Student Interview Program?

The International Student Interview Program (ISIP) is a job fair for Foreign-Trained LLM students attending one of our consortium law schools nationwide. Over 1600 LLM candidates representing 75+ countries will have an opportunity to be considered for internship and permanent positions in the United States and abroad during this interview program.

ISIP is administered through ISIP Symplicity, our online registration and interview scheduling system. School coordinators will send out ISIP Symplicity login information in October. For detailed ISIP Symplicity instructions, please review this document.

When will the program be held?

The ISIP Preview Program will take place between March 15 and April 2, 2021. The ISIP Interview Program will be held on June 18, 2021.

A student interviewing with one of the more than 160 leading legal employers who participate in ISIP.
A student interviewing with one of the more than 160 leading legal employers who participate in ISIP.

Which students are eligible to participate?

Students currently enrolled in a US graduate (LLM or JSD) program from one of the participating law schools (see here), who received their first law degree from another country, regardless of their mode of instruction (remote, hybrid, and in-person), are eligible to interview in this program. Participation is limited to one event per degree earned at one of the participating schools. Students currently enrolled in a US JD program are not eligible to participate under any circumstances.

*Students who are graduating in December 2021 may wonder if they are eligible to participate in both 2021 ISIP and 2022 ISIP. Participation is still limited to one event per degree earned for students in this enrollment pattern. Please reach out to your school coordinator to determine which ISIP event is more suitable with your career goals.

JSD participation is limited to one ISIP event while a JSD student. Students continuing their studies during the following fall semester will need to make their need for a summer associate/intern position very clear in a required cover letter to be submitted along with their resume to each ISIP employer. Anticipated date of graduation must also be made clear on resumes. 

Which employers participate?

ISIP attracts more than 160 of the top legal firms worldwide and continues to grow each year. Information on participating employers will be available through the online registration system, ISIP Symplicity.

How are interview schedules created?
The International Student Interview Program is 100% pre-screened; employers select their candidates after reviewing student resumes. Employers will submit position requirements through the online system.

For the Preview Program, students will review this information starting February 2, 2021 and submit their resumes for consideration by February 22, 2021. Employers make candidate selections by March 10, 2021, and interview invitation results will be released on March 11, 2021. Virtual interviews will take place between March 15, 2021 and April 2, 2021.

For the Interview Program, students will review employer position requirements starting April 6, 2021 and submit their resumes for consideration by May 3, 2021. Employers make candidate selections by May 26, 2021, and interview invitation results will be released on May 28, 2021. Interviews will take place hybrid-style on June 18, 2021.

ISIP Preview Program Dates:

January 15, 2021

School registration deadline 5:00 PM (EST)

February 2, 2021

Student bidding period opens 9:00 AM (EST)

February 22, 2021

Student bidding deadline 5:00 PM (EST)

February 24, 2021

Employers receive student resumes 12:00 PM (EST)

March 10, 2021

Employer candidate selection deadline 5:00 PM (EST)

March 11, 2021 Interview invitation results available 12:00 PM (EST)

March 12, 2021

Students accept/decline deadline 12:00 PM (EST)

March 15, 2021 - April 2, 2021

Virtual Interviews scheduled and hosted by the employer

ISIP Interview Program Dates:

April 6, 2021 Student bidding period opens 9:00 AM (EST)
May 3, 2021 Student bidding deadline 5:00 PM (EST)
May 5, 2021    Employers receive second round student resumes 12:00 PM (EST)
May 26, 2021    Employer candidate selection deadline 5:00 PM (EST)
May 28, 2021 Interview invitation results released 12:00 PM (EST)
June 4, 2021 Interview Preselect/Alternate Accept or Decline deadline 5:00 PM (EST)
June 9, 2021    Preliminary Interview Schedules Released 12:00 PM (EST)
June 11, 2021    Final Interview Schedules Released 12:00 PM (EST)
June 18, 2021    ISIP Interview Program

How many interviews can I request?

There is no limit to the number of interviews students may request from employers provided that the student's background matches the employer's requirements. If a student is selected by more employers than can be scheduled due to time conflicts, a student may not get every interview for which s/he has been selected. Students selected as pre-select or alternate candidates will have the opportunity to accept or decline those interview invitations prior to the system scheduling interviews. One interview schedule can accommodate 18 individual interviews during the course of the day. Each interview is twenty minutes long, with five-minute breaks in between to allow students to move between rooms.

How many interviews will I receive?

This depends greatly on the country from which you received your first law degree, the need for your background among the participating firms, and the number of employers to whom you submit your resume. There are students who are not selected at all and others who have an abundance of interviews. You are encouraged to work with your career counselor on the best job search strategy for you; ISIP should be just one of your options.

How closely should I follow employer specifications when submitting my resume and transcript?

When you access the bidding tab on ISIP Symplicity, you will only be able to see the employers that have requested resumes and transcripts from your country of law degree. You may view the complete list of participating employers through the Resources tab on ISIP Symplicity.

Please remember that employers have requested students with training in certain countries because of their needs for specific legal skills based on existing business relationships. If you believe your home country or background is "related" to the country requested but not specifically listed, or you have another strong reason to believe your credentials qualify you for a particular position, you may submit a request with your cover letter and resume to your school coordinator in order to have it submitted to the employer for review. Detailed instructions for this process are in the Student Instructions. One word of caution: in the past students have taken unreasonable latitude in this regard, i.e. a student with a Mexican law degree should not submit a consideration for hire to an employer requesting students from Spain. If a request for Spain is being made, this is rather specificif an employer is looking for Spanish-speaking lawyers, it will be indicated in the system. Speak with your career counselor if you are unsure of your eligibility to apply to a particular employer/position. 

What other documents will I need for my interview?

Employers will specify which materials they require, such as cover letters, writing samples, and a list of references, in the additional requests section of their schedule on ISIP Symplicity. Multinational law firms generally prefer US style resumes; however, foreign law firms may prefer CVs or resumes in home country format. Please check each firm's hiring criteria and speak with your school's coordinator for guidance. Please do not upload documents listed under additional requests to ISIP Symplicity, as employers will only receive resumes and transcripts through ISIP Symplicity. You should be prepared to send over additional documents after interview schedules are released for both programs.

The ISIP Symplicity website is set up so that you will have to upload a preliminary transcript (one PDF document of your preliminary law degree and LLM course list) during bidding and will then be asked to update that transcript document after employers release interview invitations. If you need assistance combining those documents into a single PDF file, please reach out to your school coordinator.

Where will the interviews be held?

Interviews will be held virtually for both the Preview Program and Interview Program. For the Interview Program, interviews will be held through NYU’s chosen interviewing platform.

What are some “tips” for approaching this process?

  • Do not contact employers or NYU directly. If you need additional information or clarification, ask your school’s coordinator. The majority of employers do not want to receive calls from students prior to the program, and NYU will refer non-NYU students to their respective school’s coordinator.
  • Be able to clearly explain your visa status and the procedure for employment in your case, how your educational system works (grades, rank, bar exam, etc.), and the courses you are taking. Also, be ready to answer the frequently asked question, “So why did you decide to get an LLM degree?”
  • Start gathering law school transcripts, writing samples, and references now. Be sure to ask references whether you may use their names.
  • Read employer information thoroughly, and prepare intelligent questions based on this information. Do not ask questions which have been covered in the materials provided. Be ready to discuss the reason for your interest in the employer!

Please contact your school's coordinator if you have any questions.