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Traditionally the Am Law 100 and 200 law firms would all arrive on the doorsteps of law schools each summer to interview their best and brightest to be summer associates for the following summer. Success during these 20-minute screener interviews on campus meant a full callback interview at the firm. The callback interviews usually consisted of two partners and two associates in succession and then a meal or something more social—totaling anywhere from two to six hours. The end result of this process was a golden ticket to join an Am Law firm. However, the process was onerous for both interviewer and interviewee alike.

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