Each year, the Law School sponsors an on-campus recruitment program
for second- and third-year law students, often referred to as OCI. Before the onset of the current recession, more than 100 law firms and government agencies, and a few public
interest employers and corporate legal departments, came to campus each fall from various
cities around the country to conduct screening interviews of students
for summer and permanent employment. In the fall of 2009 and 2010, unfortunately, the number of employers dropped off fairly dramatically, since the largest law firms are the ones whose business has been most adversely affected by the recession and are also the type of firms that typically represented the majority of the employers who participated in fall on-campus interviewing.
Many employers are interested only in interviewing second-year law students for summer clerkship positions, because they usually fill their permanent hiring needs through their summer clerkship programs. However, a few employers will come here to interview only third year students, for permanent jobs. Occasionally, employers allocate a portion of their interview slots to 2Ls, and another portion to 3Ls.
The first step to take, if you would like to participate in on-campus interviewing, is to review the information on this website, and the one-page calendar that is available in the Office of Career and Professional Development, which includes important dates and deadlines. The whole process begins while you are still away for the summer -- for example, the first deadline for résumé submission and bidding is Monday, August 5, 2013. What follows is a step-by-step explanation of the dates and deadlines that appear on the one-page calendar.