FAQs about OCI

What is OCI?
On-Campus Interviewing (“OCI”) is the recruiting program through which many law firms, corporate legal departments, and government employers hire summer associates, law clerks, and interns/externs. Typically, employers come to campus in the fall semester and look to hire students for the summer between the students’ 2L and 3L years. Occasionally, but not commonly, some employers seek post-graduate first year associates or students to work during the academic year.

What OCI is NOT: 
It is important to recognize that OCI is not the only way to get a job. Please know that most of you will not obtain your job through the OCI process.  Indeed, approximately 90% of students experience job search success through other avenues such networking, informational meetings, job fairs, and not through the OCI process.

 What if I am not in the top 10-25% of my class?
As a rule, grades play a very important role to most OCI employers.  However, many OCI employers are interested in more than class rank.  OCI positions are extremely competitive, so please keep this in mind. If you are having trouble deciding whether or not to participate in OCI, please make an appointment to speak with a career consultant.

 Who can participate in OCI?
OCI is open to all continuing students (2L, 3L, 3LE, 4LE & LLM) at Denver Law. Eligibility will depend on the needs of each employer. If you have any question regarding your eligibility, please make an appointment to speak with a career consultant.

 What should I do to prepare for OCI?
– Check the CDO Blog daily for specific instructions and application deadlines
– Update your Symplicity account and profile to reflect your Fall 2017 class level – very important!
– Attend all OCI related programming and events that you can
– Participate in a mock interview
– Visit the Office of Career Development & Opportunities (Suite 223) to review resources or talk to a career consultant.  You will need to have your resume, cover letters, writing sample, list of references, and transcript ready by mid-July.  Class rank should be available through the Registrar in early July prior to the OCI application deadline.

How do I apply?
You will use Symplicity to apply for OCI positions.  The application window for Fall 2017 OCI is June 5-July 18, 2017. Beginning June 5, you can view the list of participating employers and job descriptions and begin to apply. the deadline to submit all applications is July 18, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. No exceptions will be granted.

Do all students get an initial interview?
No. Employers will select which students they wish to interview online in Symplicity.  Those offered an initial interview will be “pre-selected” by employers. It will be important to check your student Symplicity account and the CDO Blog each day to receive the most updated information.

How should I prepare for an interview?
The best preparation is to research the employer, participate in a mock interview, as well as attend other OCI-related workshops.

When and where will interviews take place?
Unless otherwise noted, all first-round interviews will take place at Denver Law, mainly in the second floor study rooms.

Can any of these employers discriminate against me?
No. Participating OCI employers have signed our Equal Employment Opportunity statement.   If you have reason to believe that an employer is not complying with this policy, please contact our office.

OCI can be stressful and can involve tough decisions.  Where can I go for advice?
The CDO staff is always available to help you with your career search.  Whether it is OCI or any other question or concern, please make an appointment to see us. careers@law.du.edu or (303) 871-6124.

By Felicia Ho
Felicia Ho Career Consultant Felicia Ho