Student Blog: The OCI Experience & Helpful Tips

On-Campus Interviews are one of the best resources that the law school and Career Development & Opportunities office has to offer. Yes, the OCI process can be a little stressful and overwhelming, but if you keep in mind a few important things, I am confident that you will make the most of the experience and it will all be worth it.

The OCI process begins with your application materials. This sounds obvious, but its worth repeating. Your materials are likely each firm/organization’s first impression of you–make it count. Your materials should reflect you, your skills, and your career aspirations. The best resource for ensuring that your materials are in shape for submission is the CDO office. They will help you edit, re-organize, and make sure your materials are as effective as possible. Truly, the CDO office is an invaluable resource so take advantage of it!

The second thing to remember is to be yourself. Yes, this is a cliche, but its only overused because its true. It might be tempting to weave a story about yourself to impress your interviewers, to give an answer you suspect your interviewer is looking for, or to try to be someone you are not to get the offer. Don’t do this. First, I can guarantee you are selling yourself short. What you have to offer is enough, you wouldn’t have gotten as far as you have if you weren’t already an impressive, interesting person. Sell yourself, don’t invent yourself. Second, if you accurately and truthfully represent yourself you are much more likely to find yourself at the right firm. OCIs are a two-way street: you want to find a place where you will be happy, doing work you will be happy to do, and law firms want to find a person that fits in well with their culture and meets their needs. Being yourself will serve both you and your future firm well. And always remember, rejections aren’t personal and they don’t necessarily mean that you did anything wrong.

Good luck with your applications and interviews!

Best,

Kate

By Kate Unke
Kate Unke