Representatives of the participating PDLG law firms and legal departments (the "PDLG Committee") will conduct interviews of the selected candidates in February of each year. The interviews will be similar to on-campus interviews, although somewhat longer. The interviewers will have been given full copies of their interviewees' application packages. Those interviews are scheduled on a Saturday in mid-February. Students will be notified of their selection and of the time and place of the interview by email earlier that week – if application materials are missing, students will be told when they must be received. If a student is told by the school committee that the student was chosen by it, or if the application went directly to the PDLG, and PDLG has not been in touch by the middle of the week before interviews, the student should contact PDLG by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the conclusion of the day of interviews, the PDLG Committee will select those candidates who, in its judgment, based on the application, interview and any other relevant information, are the most qualified, are most likely to succeed as summer associates, and have a genuine interest in establishing a legal career in Philadelphia. Each selected candidate will then be randomly assigned to an employer for an interview fr a specific job. Of course, no candidate will be assigned to an employer where there would be a conflict of interest. The interviewing employer will be provided with a full copy of its candidates' application packages and any other information developed as part of the PDLG process.
By the Monday after the interview day, all students will be notified by PDLG whether they have been selected for an employer interview and given a preliminary employer assignment. However, until the student is contacted by the employer, the assignment is only tentative - sometimes PDLG has to change assignments because of unforeseen circumstances. Where changes must be made, they are made as randomly as possible and as soon as possible.
In general, each employer will interview two to three candidates (depending on the number of candidates available) by early March and will make an offer to at least one. There is no assurance that someone from each law school will be hired and, based simply on the numbers, not all those who are interviewed by employers will be offered jobs.
Employers will contact their candidates to schedule interviews within a week after being notified of the candidates assigned to them and will make decisions within a few days of the conclusion of their interviews. Employers understand that students have classes and other academic obligations and need to schedule around them and we ask candidates to understand that interviews can involve as many as five practicing attorneys who also have complicated schedules, making flexibility in scheduling vital on both sides. It is also very important that interviews and decisions be made promptly so as not to disadvantage other applicants who are also waiting for decisions. A student who will not be available for an interview during the interview period specified in the application must say so in the application so we can try to make special arrangements - telephone or video interviews, for example. Otherwise, if a student is not reasonably available for interviewing during that period for reasons other than emergencies, the student may lose the opportunity to be considered during this first round.
The NALP Principles and Standards for Law Placement and Recruitment Activities provide that all offers to law students should remain open for at least two weeks after the date made. However, because the continued success of the PDLG Fellows Program depends on filling all available slots, and because often there are other students waiting for initial offerees to make decisions to accept or decline their offers, we strongly encourage all those students to whom offers are made to respond as soon as possible, preferably within a week of receiving the offer.
Participating PDLG law firms have also agreed that if they make an offer outside the PDLG Fellows Program to a student who is matched with another participating PDLG employer for interviewing, the firm will keep the student’s offer open until the PDLG process is complete for that student.