Interviewing FAQs

Who will I meet with on campus?
Our on-campus interviewers are both partners and associates of the firm. It is typical that you will meet with attorneys who are alumni of your law school, or attorney representatives from the office of your interest.

When will I hear back from NP on whether I will be further interviewing with the firm for a summer associate position?
Our goal is to contact students within one week of their on-campus interview to extend an invitation for in-office interviews. We will respond to each and every candidate we meet on campus at the earliest possible opportunity.

If I am not interviewed on campus, but have applied directly to NP, what are the next steps?
Each application received is reviewed. Should your application be pursued, you will be further contacted by a member of the recruiting team.

If I am invited for a call-back interview, what can I expect?
A mutually convenient interview date will be scheduled for your visit to our office, which generally includes meetings with multiple attorneys. Our recruiting professionals will provide you with a complete interview schedule in advance of your interview date. Each interviewing attorney will spend 20–30 minutes with you, and will gladly answer any questions you might have about the firm. These meetings are a terrific opportunity for us to learn more about your background and interests, and for you to gain a deeper understanding of the firm’s practices.

Should I wear business attire for my interviews?
While the firm’s dress policy is business casual, formal business attire is suggested for candidates.

Will I be reimbursed for interview expenses?
Out-of-town applicants are reimbursed for all reasonable expenses (i.e. hotel, airfare, transportation, and meals) incurred in connection with visits to our offices. Our travel department is available to coordinate travel and any necessary accommodations as needed. We ask that you complete a NALP Travel Reimbursement Form and submit it to us for reimbursement. We also share travel expenses with other law firms with which you may be interviewing.

What is Nixon Peabody’s hiring criteria?
We strive to identify candidates who have the potential to become successful attorneys, and who exude professional confidence in a competitive, fast-paced environment. Specific credentials include strong analytical and problem-solving skills, creativity, sound judgment, enthusiasm and ambition. Of course, candidates must also demonstrate a strong academic record, keen verbal communication skills and exceptional writing skills.

I’m interested in more than one office. How does this work?
After your initial on -campus meeting, your application will be further reviewed and provided to the appropriate office hiring committee with a recommendation for consideration. Should you be invited for additional interviews, arrangements will be made for you to do so in one or more of our offices.

Will I need to bring anything to the call-back interview?
If we do not already have a completed application on your file, we will ask you to provide an updated resume, a copy of your law school transcript, a writing sample (10–20 pages) and two to three references.

Questions? Kindly e-mail Catherine Maiorana, Senior Director of Legal Recruiting, at

Nixon Peabody LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Disability/Female/Gender Identity/Minority/Sexual Orientation/Veteran.

Back to top