The Interview Process

 


 

“How can I interview with Cleary?”

We participate in on-campus interviews or job fairs as well as resume collection programs at over 40 schools. This year, in accordance with school guidelines, all interviews will be conducted virtually. If you are not able to secure an on campus slot or interview please contact us at ny-recruiting@cgsh.com or dc-recruiting@cgsh.com.

“How do I secure an interview if Cleary is not registered for virtual interviews on campus?”

We welcome applications from candidates who we are unable to meet through our virtual on-campus programs. Please submit an application online or directly at ny-recruiting@cgsh.com or dc-recruiting@cgsh.com.

“Do you accept 3L applications?”

We accept 3L applications and hire 3Ls based on the needs of the firm. We are currently accepting 3L applications for our corporate practice groups in New York.

“Does Cleary have a minimum GPA or other requirements?”

Hiring decisions are based on many factors, including, but not limited to, prior work experience, outstanding judgment and interpersonal skills as well as demonstrated evidence of high academic performance in legal and undergraduate studies. We do not primarily rely on a minimum GPA requirement.

“What materials should I submit as part of my application?”

To complete your application, we require your resume as well as (unofficial) copies of your law school and undergraduate transcripts. In addition, you have the opportunity to submit an optional 500 word personal statement to complement your application. Should you decide to submit a personal statement, you can do so either prior to your virtual on-campus interview or when you join us for a call back interview.

“What is the format of a virtual on-campus interview?”

Virtual on-campus interviews will be conducted one-on-one with a senior lawyer. The length of the interview and the video conferencing platform will be determined by your law school.

“When will I get a decision regarding my on-campus interview?”

You can expect feedback within two to three business days.

“What is the format of a call back interview?”

We have decided that callback interviews will be conducted virtually. All New York candidates will meet with five attorneys over four interviews (two senior attorneys, one mid-level, and paired junior associates) during their callback interview. Candidates will have a 15 minute break between interviews. If candidates are unable to conduct interviews through this format, we will work with the candidate directly to ensure they are able to schedule their interviews.

“Will I meet anyone besides my interviewers during my call back?”

We will be hosting virtual Cleary welcome suites during the call back interview process to give you the opportunity to meet more of the Cleary community, including former summer associates and associates. Prior to your interview, you will have the option to let us know whether you are interested in joining a welcome suite.

In addition to the optional welcome suites, you will meet with a member of the Legal Recruiting team to answer any questions you may have about your interview schedule, logistics, or the firm in general.

“How long will it take for me to get a decision from the firm?”

We aim to provide decisions as quickly as possible, keeping in mind guidelines provided by each school. However, as we operate as a consensus-based firm, we solicit and value feedback from all attorneys with whom you meet before making an offer decision. Due to this careful and thoughtful process, it may take up to two weeks for you to receive a decision.

“I got an offer! Can I schedule a return visit?”

Congratulations! We would be happy to have you meet with additional lawyers for a second look. Please reach out to the Recruiting Team at ny-recruiting@cgsh.com or dc-recruiting@cgsh.com to schedule a virtual or in person return visit. Please let us know if there are any specific people, groups, practice areas, or affinity group members you would like to meet with or learn about during your second look. Whichever format you choose, we will ensure that you will learn more about our people, culture, clients and work.

“What will an in-person return visit look like?”

If you would like to visit the New York or Washington, D.C. office, we are happy to accommodate you for small group events. An in-person visit will include an office tour with a member of the legal recruiting team, as well as an opportunity to join some of our attorneys for lunch, coffee, or dinner. In order to gather safely, we plan to keep groups small and encourage outdoor dining when possible for these second look visits. Please note that if you would like to attend an in-person second look, you must provide proof of vaccination and abide by all office safety protocols, such as wearing masks when required. If you are traveling from out of town, the firm will cover the cost of your travel as well as one night in a hotel.

“What will a virtual return visit look like? How will I be able to get to know the firm better without visiting in person?”

We know it can be difficult to get a feel for firms through the virtual interviewing process, and our goal is to help you get to know Cleary in the way that works best for you. If you prefer to schedule a virtual second look, we will provide three options for our virtual second looks.

The first option is the traditional model, where you have the option to be scheduled for one-on-one 30 minute consecutive virtual meetings with attorneys in the areas you have requested.

Our second model offers an opportunity to meet additional lawyers in a group setting with colleagues of your or our choice.  This format offers the opportunity to introduce you to other post-offer candidates with similar interests.  Groups can be organized in an array of formats, for example, 30 minute consecutive meetings.

Our final model allows you to meet with additional lawyers in a small group of 3-4 attorneys.

Whichever format you chose, we are will ensure that you will learn more about our people, culture, clients, and work.

“Will there be offer dinners this year? Can I meet more Cleary attorneys in a social setting?”

We plan to host many opportunities that will allow candidates to get to know our attorneys in a more informal setting, including a variety of virtual receptions and small group in-person events. Virtual events will offer opportunities to meet attorneys from our New York and Washington, D.C. offices in breakout rooms. Small group in-person events will take place in the New York or Washington, D.C. offices. Please note that if you would like to attend an in-person second look, you must provide us with a copy of proof of vaccination and abide by all office safety protocols, such as wearing masks when required. If you are traveling from out of town, the firm will cover the cost of your travel as well as one night in a hotel.

“Who do I contact if I have questions about my offer?”

For questions about your offer, including regarding offer reaffirmations and/or extensions, please contact ny-recruiting@cgsh.com or dc-recruiting@cgsh.com.