INSTRUCTIONS FOR ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWING
The On-Campus Interview program will begin Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
Second and third year students are eligible to participate. To be considered a second year by interviewing employers, your graduation year must be 2015. To be considered a third year by interviewing employers, your graduation year must be 2014. Joint degree students who will graduate in 2016 are usually considered first year students by interviewing employers. Be sure to check the employer's NALP form for details.
Students are required to use the On-Line Career Center to participate in OCI. Register by completing the profile section online and uploading a current resume. Students must keep a current resume on the system at all times. Resumes must be approved by a member of the OPD staff prior to posting on the center. Please allow 72 hours for the document to be reviewed and approved/disapproved. NOTE: If you are a transfer student, please include this information on your resume. Your GPA and class rank DO NOT TRANSFER.
To apply to an OCI employer, a student will submit an electronic application through the On-Line Career Center, which is called a bid. The bidding process requires an electronic resume submission. No paper resumes will be collected. Please refer to the On-Line Career Center instructions to learn how to place a bid.
The application deadline for all employers occurs before school is back in session! For students, the application period begins on July 2, 2013 and closes July 29, 2013. You must complete the submission process no later than July 29, 2013.
Following the deadline, the resumes that have been electronically submitted through the bidding process will be sent to employers. Employers will review the resumes, select the students they wish to interview and then notify the Office of Professional Development. The employers are asked to return their interview selections at least three days prior to their scheduled interview date. Interview schedules will be available on the On-Line Career Center. The Office of Professional Development will send e-mails to students who submitted a bid to notify students when each employer's interview schedule is complete. Schedule times are first come, first served. Selected students will be able to select interview times based on availability of remaining time slots.
While the initial electronic application only consists of a resume, some employers will want interviewing students to bring a transcript to the interview. A photocopy or printout from One Start will suffice for the first contact with an employer. Employers may request an original certified transcript later. Applicants may obtain transcripts from the Office of the Registrar in Cavanaugh Hall, Room 133. There is a $7.00 charge for each transcript issued. Photocopy the original as many times as needed. Or, you may print out your transcript through OneStart. Please be sure that your transcript includes your Spring 2011 grades.
If employers ask interviewing students to bring a writing sample, a suitable document might be something brief (5-10 pages) done as an assignment for Legal Writing class. Excerpting a section of a long document (marked as such) is acceptable and encouraged. If you use a document from work, be sure to obtain permission from your employer.
Only an emergency situation should prevent you from keeping an interview. If it should become necessary for you to cancel an interview, please notify the Office of Professional Development immediately (274-2484). If you do not show up for an interview and you have not notified the Office of Professional Development in advance, you are expected to write a letter of apology to the interviewer and bring it to the Office of Professional Development along with a stamped, addressed envelope within 24 hours of the missed interview. Failure to follow this instruction means that your name will be removed from all interview schedules for the duration of OCI. Remember that the interviewer received a copy of the schedule and a last minute cancellation or a no-show reflects upon the law school as well as on you.
A list of employers who are seeking resumes, but not interviewing on campus, is included in the On-Line Career Center. Some employers have requested that the Office of Professional Development collect resumes and send them together (called Resume Collect employers). Other employers prefer that you send your resume with a cover letter directly to the firm (called Resume Direct employers) If you are interested in any of these firms, please note whether you should send your resume directly to the firm or whether you should submit your resume via the On-Line Career Center. Deadline dates vary, so please be sure to have your materials in on time.
Additions and changes to the OCI schedule will be posted in the On-Line Career Center and sent via email immediately upon receipt. Please check regularly.
Don't forget - we are available to help you with any questions or concerns that arise during the process. If questions arise during the application process while school is not in session, please feel free to contact the Office of Professional Development at (317) 274-2484. Good luck!