When will interviews take place?
We typically begin extending invitations to interview in October and continue through the admissions cycle into early March.
How many interviews do you expect each alumni interviewer to conduct?
Over the course of the entire admission cycle, alumni interviewers may conduct as few as one and as many as five or more interviews, depending on individual preference. We do our very best to assign each alumni interviewer at least one interview per cycle, though doing so is not always possible in practice because of the unpredictability of assigning interviews within a geographically dispersed applicant pool. Alumni interviewers who, when asked, are capable of conducting video as well as in person interviewers are more likely to be assigned at least one candidate to interview during a given admissions cycle.
How will applicants and alumni be matched?
The Admissions Committee generally invites the strongest applicants to participate in an interview. If an applicant accepts the invitation, we will attempt to assign the applicant to an interviewer in her geographic area (roughly within one hour of travel time) who matches her practice area of interest. In the event we do not have an interviewer available in the applicant's area, we will assign the applicant to an interviewer for a video interview (e.g. Skype or Face Time).
Alumni interviewers are notified of an interview assignment by email containing a candidate's contact information, and are asked to contact the candidate directly to schedule the interview. Candidates are instructed to send a resume in advance of the interview.
Where should I conduct the interview?
The Admissions Committee strongly prefers that interviews be conducted at your place of business. If that is not possible, another appropriate public venue, such as a café or coffee shop, is a good alternative. Please avoid more intimate venues, such as sit-down restaurants for lunch or dinner, and under no circumstances should interviews (except video interviews) occur in a private home.
What information will be provided to me about an my candidate?
Your unique personal interaction with a candidate will serve as a source of additional information that the Committee could not otherwise obtain through test scores. Therefore, in order to limit the possibility of inadvertently influencing your discussion with and evaluation of the candidate, the Admissions Committee has decided not to provide you with her LSAT scores or GPA prior to the interview. However, you should ask the candidate to provide you with a resume in advance of the interview.
Are there specific questions I should ask?
Although we can provide you with a list of guideline questions, for the purpose of providing the best evaluation of a candidate's motivations and fitness for study at Georgetown Law, the Admissions Committee believes it is best for you to conduct the interview in your own style. A resume, provided to you by the candidate in advance of the interview, should provide you with a starting point for questions. Overall, the interview should be a pleasant conversation between you and the prospective student, which results in a more informed understanding of the candidate and her better appreciation of Georgetown Law. Of course, certain questions regarding protected characteristics (marital status, sexual orientation, etc.) are off-limits.
How should I evaluate my candidate?
You should consider the applicant in relation to other Georgetown lawyers or law students with whom you are familiar. To complete and submit your evaluation, we will provide you with a link to an online evaluation form. The evaluation form gives you the opportunity to rate the candidate 1-5 and provide supporting comments on five general criteria.
Will I be in contact with the applicant again after the interview?
Absolutely. We encourage you maintain contact with your candidate throughout the admissions cycle, and for that purpose we will provide you with regular status updates on her admissions status throughout the late fall, spring, and summer. In addition, there is a question on our alumni interviewer on-boarding survey allowing you to indicate if you would be willing to host a gathering of admitted students in the spring.