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Your OCI toolkit: How to build your case for the big on-campus interview

On-Campus Interviews
On-Campus Interviews, or OCI, can put you in your dream job—even before you graduate from law school. And we want you to succeed with these tips and tricks.

It’s not exactly Game of Thrones. But in OCI, you gotta play to win. And we’re here to help you slay at your on-campus interview.

We’ve gathered the top information on everything that goes into OCI, interviewing tips, help with your resume and cover letter, and what to do if OCI isn’t for you.

The Big Picture

Everything you need to know about OCI
Most large law firms do the majority of their hiring of new law graduates during OCI season. This sets up your summer between 2L and 3L, and potentially, your full-time employment after graduation. And here’s how it all works.

How to stand out from the crowd
The time for bland platitudes is over. Prepare specific answers and memorable examples of what you’ve done to make your OCI experience unforgettable for the interviewer.

How to survive the OCI gauntlet
What’s your elevator pitch? How do you embrace your weaknesses? How do you turn the tables on the law firm recruiter? Here are ways you can make a positive impression every time.

Making an informed decision in OCI
Sometimes, you won’t be right for the firm. But it’s important to remember that the firm might not be a fit for you either. It’s a high-stakes decision, and these four tips can help you determine if you’re choosing the right job.

Refine Your Resume

As a law student looking to land that perfect job out of law school, you can never have enough help. And we’ve got a great new tool for ABA members to use to get noticed in their job search. Meet ABA Career Forward, powered by Korn Ferry Advance, a top career management solutions company.

You’ll get:

  • Professional Coaching: Korn Ferry Advance’s coaches are highly skilled individuals who are there to support you in achieving your goals, even if you don’t know what’s next for you. Discuss anything when it comes to managing your career in the short and long term. 
  • Resume Parser: See your resume through the lens of recruiters at top companies and firms—and get personalized advice on what employers are looking for when selecting candidates.
  • Self-Assessment: You have access to a traits assessment designed by the best behavioral and social scientists. This assessment will reveal what makes you tick, by providing personalized insights you can use to know yourself better.
  • Interview Prep: Nail your next interview with a powerful AI video chat tool that allows you to rehearse your answers to common interview questions and delivers real-time personalized feedback on what you say and how you say it.

Interview Tips

Interview tricks you should know
What will those firms ask you? What should you ask them? Will they figure out that you are a total fraud and have absolutely no useful skill to offer? No worries. We’ve got you covered.

8 Tips for A+ Interviews
Top performers in interviews prepare, but there’s more that sets them apart. They have specific details on what makes them a good fit and know the answers before they get the questions.

9 quick questions to help you find a good fit
Just because we’re increasing the info doesn’t mean there’s any reason to worry. Sure, you’ll want to be ready for questions about your background. But what about the things you need to know about potential employers? Learn how to focus on your strengths and see how your interests match with the interviewer’s firm.

Webinar: The experts help you prep for on-campus interviews
Nervous about how you’ll do? Lawyers from both sides of the interview table share their advice on the interview process and how to land the elusive “call-back.”

The 3 basic elements of making a good impression during OCI
Competence, connection, and confidence. Here’s what those three words mean for you as you put your best face forward.

Resumes and Cover Letters

Dos and don’ts for resumes and cover letters
You have 15 seconds to grab the attention of the interviewer. Here’s a road map to how you can use that time wisely.

Open doors at law firms
Your application should be a targeted advertisement for yourself that will cause the person reading it to think, “Hiring this person will make my life easier.”

The best way to follow up on your resume after you’ve submitted it
The next time you are wondering about the status of your application, don’t just ask about it. Instead, use this opportunity to add value in your follow up communications and stay top of mind. 

The Judicial Niche

Clerkship Confidential: Judges Reveal What It Takes To Get Inside Their Courtroom
Five judges from the ABA Judicial Division to get their expert advice on landing a coveted judicial clerkship, making the most out of this opportunity once you’re in their chambers, secrets to working well with judges, and other tips from the bench.

Didn’t Get Picked for OCI?

Struck out at OCI? It’s not the end of the world
It’s happened – you did not get a callback from OCI. The race is not over. You now have the opportunity to approach the rest of the interview season and law school more strategically and make circumstances change in your favor.

Missed out on OCI? Here’s how to look ahead to your next step
If OCI was not in the cards, you did not get a job offer, or you just don’t want to go straight from law school to private practice, you are probably wondering, “what should I do now?” This webinar helps answer your questions.

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