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Employer Research

Find all the resources you will need to research employers whether for EIP, judicial clerkships or any other job search.

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Getting Started

If you are looking for information on legal careers, preparing for an interview or applying for judicial clerkships, there are a number of sources provided by the Harvard Law School that can help.

Judicial Clerkships

Judicial Clerkships

While applying for a judicial clerkship has some similiarities to applying for a law firm job, in many ways it is very different. Moreover, the application process for many clerkships is quite rigid, making it important to start your research early so you don't miss any important deadlines. The steps below will help you to get started with the research component of any clerkship search.

Before Applying

Familiarize Yourself with the Process

Visit the Harvard Law Office of Career Services  Judicial Clerkships page to learn about the interview process. Here you will find, an overview of the clerkship application process and resources to help you decide whether clerking is right for you.

Research Specific Judges

Researching individual judges is important both as a way to decide which clerkships to apply for and so that you can be an confident and impressive interviewee. The library has many judicial directories in print and online that provide information about judges:

You can also try searching HOLLIS for "Judges--United States--Directories" to find additional directories, or for the Judge's name if you are interested in finding any books they may have written. Additional resources for researching judges have been compiled in this helpful guide from the University of Cincinnati Law School.

Before Interviewing

Learn About the Judge

With analytical tools you can learn more about the types of cases each judge hears and their decision-making.

Judges will frequently want to discuss their opinions during your interview to get your thoughts on the rulings and to listen to your analysis of legal arguments. You can easily find representative opinions for almost any judge by going to Westlaw or Lexis, selecting the case database, and using the following searches:

  • Westlaw: JU(lastname) or JU(firstname /3 lastname)
  • Lexis: JUDGES(lastname) or JUDGES(firstname w/3 lastname)   

Learn About the Court

Judges may also want to make sure that you understand their court and their place within the court structure. Make sure to check the court's web page for this additional information about the court structure, contact information and the most recent cases:

Even if the judge your plan to interview with was not involved in all of the recent cases, it may make sense to review them, so that you can discuss them if they come up in conversation and to get a sense of the types of cases the court has been hearing recently.

Law Firms

Lawyer and Law Firm Data

Preparing for a law firm interview requires research, both to decide which firms to interview with and to prepare to ask intelligent questions during the interview. The steps below will help you through the research process and ensure that you feel comfortable by the time you start your interview.

Firm Research

Get an Overview of Relevant Law Firms

The Harvard Law Office of Career Services offers a number of resources on their Researching Employers page. For a general over view of the key statistics for each law firm, start with:

Focus on Your Practice Area (if known)

If you are planning to work in a more narrow field, be sure to check out the additional resources on law firms in specific fields and markets, such as corporate law, intellectual property and finance to name just a few:

Research Interviewers and Current Firm Cases, Clients & Rankings 

Lexis and Westlaw are also rich sources for lawyer and law firm research. Directory information on law firms and individual attorneys can also be found in:

You may also want to search legal news and case databases to identify recent transactions and representative clients for the firms with which you will be meeting. For rankings and reviews of law firms, try Law Firm Rankings and Guides page from OCS which includes law firm guides such as:

You can also search HOLLIS for the subject "Law offices -- United States -- Directories".


Check Out Past EIP Statistics

Finally, if you are interested in seeing information about this firm's hiring practices at EIP in past years, you should refer to:


Litigation by Practice

To search potential employers by organization type, such as Law & Lobbying Firms, Government (Federal, State or Local), Associations, Nonprofits, among others visit:

Create customized lists of law firms or individuals. For some ideas on how to find lawyers by region, law schools, and other criteria, check out:

Transactional Law

Firms Advising on SEC Transactions, includes: M&A and Financing

Bloomberg Law Dealmaker (Bloomberg Law Account)

Bloomberg Law Dealmaker is a well curated list of SEC filings (EDGAR).  These filings, often contracts, provide precedential language for deals and other transactions, including for M&A, equity issuances, and governance issues (e.g., corporate proxies).

Search the Dealmaker template by law firm advisor.  From near the bottom of the template, select Search by Law Firm, Party, Industry, and More.  Searching by firm will allow you to see recent deals and types of documents created for transactional practice areas.

Firms Advising in Private Equity, Venture Capital & Hedge Funds

Zephyr (HUID & PIN)

Once in, select the middle bubble for Advanced Queries.  

Zephyr allows you to create lists of firms who advise start-up.  Learn which firms advise on funding to angel investors, private equity firms and venture capital firms.. 

Search, for example, for Deal types & methods of payment; this includes Financing stage.  And then under Deal advisors, add limiters on Role (law firm) and Region (global and domestic).

Preqin (HUID & PIN)

Get to the Advanced Search (from the left navigation), and then use the template to set up customized searches.

Preqin allows you to set up searches on financing (stage, region, etc.), but not specifically by role (such as by law firm advisors). However, once you narrow the deals by stage and region, the specific deals give information on the firms and lawyers.

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