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Dos and Don’ts for today’s on-campus interviews

December 01, 2021

You’re probably tired of seeing the many emails from your school inviting you to the seemingly most-stressful event of your life: the on-campus interview. It’s daunting, especially if you haven’t attended one yet. For many, the OCI process is a grueling, anxiety-inducing experience. As anyone

Soft Skills

Use your soft skills to stand out

December 01, 2021

There’s more to being a lawyer than reading case law and writing briefs. While you’ll certainly need these skills as a working attorney, many prospective lawyers overlook soft skills when applying for jobs in the legal field. But what are soft skills, why are they important, and how can you leverage them to stand out and get your dream job?

Seeking civility during your job search

November 01, 2020

You open the glass doors and enter the law firm for your interview. A quick glance around and you notice the office-facing walls act more as windows. Staff smile as they walk around, giving you bright grins and promising looks. You think you’ve hit the utopia of law

Waiting for an OCI Interview

On-Campus Interviews: Bouncing back after not getting a job offer

April 27, 2020

As I write this article, there is a hiring freeze in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and nobody is certain when the next on-campus interviews will take place. What is certain is that there will be another recruiting season, and law students’ employment prospects will improve.

2L Transformation

2L: Your year of transformation from law student to lawyer

April 01, 2020

Law school is a transitional time. It’s several years of preparing to cross from being a student to being a professional. In a short period, we go from being a regular human who doesn’t understand jurisdiction to a lawyer who knows the proper Bluebook rule

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Struck out at OCI? It’s not the end of the world

September 10, 2018

It’s happened – you did not get a callback from OCI. 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.

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How do you ace OCI? The experts help you prep for on-campus interviews

July 19, 2018

Are you getting ready for on-campus interviews? Nervous about how you'll do? To help you get ready for OCI, lawyers from both sides of the interview table shared their advice on the interview process and how to land the “call-back” in this webinar. https://youtu.be/7TZi7HjVqxE Speakers: Tiffany J. deGruy, Partner, Bradley, Birmingham, AL

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Everything you need to know about OCI: on-campus interviewing

July 01, 2018

Law firms and other legal employers visit law schools nationwide during the fall to interview applicants for employment starting the following summer in a process called OCI (on-campus interviewing). Most large law firms do the majority of their hiring of new law graduates this way.  Firms hire students to work the summer between their second and third year, and if the student performs well, firms often make offers to them for full-time employment upon graduation.

How to succeed (and have fun) at informational interviews

January 01, 2018

It can be difficult trying to figure out exactly how you want to use your law degree. Do you want to work in the government? For a large firm? A smaller or medium-sized one? A public interest group? Lucky for us, we lawyers have lots of options. One of the best

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OCI advice: How to stand out from the crowd

August 01, 2017

Imagine you are sitting in your ninth on-campus interview of the week, talking to yet another potential employer about the unique attributes of this particular firm. The attorney sitting across from you earnestly describes her firm’s associate training program: “We give summer associates real client work, not make-work. And once

Becoming an Irresistible Candidate

Simply irresistible: How to be the best job candidate you can be

May 11, 2017

Your qualifications have caught an employer’s attention. Now you have to convince the employer that you are the candidate that best fits the organization’s needs. Presenters of this webinar, "Interviewing: Becoming an Irresistible Candidate", discuss interviewing techniques: how to prepare, make a positive first impression, and present with confidence. The panelists

Hire Me

The short and useless life of a bad resume

May 08, 2017

Over the last 20 years, I have reviewed hundreds of resumes. Most of them hit the wastebasket very rapidly. There are a lot of reasons why. The author can’t write proper English, punctuate properly, or obey the rules of grammar. Even little things matter – attention to detail

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How to survive the OCI gauntlet

February 13, 2017

The on-campus interview. Your future career hangs in the balance! Are you ready? Whatever you do, don’t fail, or your thought of a law career is over! OK, OK, not really. Just relax. The OCI is a big deal – this post is not to downplay it – but it is not

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Video: What to do (and not to do) during an interview

May 12, 2016

Recent law school graduates and experienced interviewers led a discussion of interview skills and pitfalls at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego during the American Bar Association's midyear meeting in February 2016. They demonstrated common mistakes and shared a few of their own unexpected interview experiences.

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10 tips for a strong legal internship interview

February 17, 2016

As with any sport, strong performance during your interview will depend on a variety of factors that are impossible to predict. After adequately preparing for the interview, the best advice to follow is just to be yourself. Here are 10 tips for additional guidance when trying to land a competitive legal internship.

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Swimming Lesson: The 411 on informational interviews

December 21, 2015

Q: Everyone says I should do informational interviews. Any advice on how I should go about this?  A: Yes. Informational interviews can help you in several ways. But you need to plan before you dive in. Here are some tips to make the most of your contacts: Identify your purpose. First, decide what

How to dress to your curriculum

December 01, 2015

By Amy Phan Taylor AMY PHAN TAYLOR, a 2L student at Seattle University School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Here's how to avoid losing a job opportunity because of a fashion faux pas — and even save a few dollars building your wardrobe. Black Capri pants. Animal print strappy heels. Ties hitting