On-Campus Interviews (OCI)
OCI is one of many ways law students find jobs. It is a resume collection and interviewing program through which law firms, government agencies, public interest organizations, and businesses recruit students. The Career Development Center (CDC) coordinates OCI in the fall (August, September) and in the spring (February, March). Fall OCI is generally larger and more competitive. Employers who utilize Fall OCI primarily seek rising 2Ls (in this case, Class of 2016) for summer employment following their 2L year (summer 2015). They also hire rising 2Ls, rising 3Ls, and LLMs for fall, spring, and post-graduate jobs.
Do you know…
- All types of legal employers participate in OCI, not just big firms.
The majority of large law firms conduct their summer/entry-level hiring solely through Fall OCI. Because of this, students often associate OCI only with big firms. However, there are a number of small and mid-sized firms, district attorney offices, public defender offices, non-profit agencies, accounting firms, and other organizations that participate in OCI.
- OCI is for all students, not just for those at the top of the class.
Big firms set high class rank and G.P.A. cutoffs to narrow down their large pool of applicants. However, some firms take a broader view and have hired candidates outside of their preferred rank/G.P.A. range. Because there is no restriction on or harm in submitting a resume, all interested students may apply even if they do not meet the listed academic qualifications. Big firms reflect only a fraction of the legal market. Like most legal employers, the other Fall OCI participants place greater value on experience and other achievements than on class rank and G.P.A. As a result, several students, regardless of their class rank, secure interviews through OCI.
- Students find greater success when they apply broadly, not just to a select few.
Students may apply to as many OCI employers as they wish, and can significantly increase their success in securing interviews by applying not only to employers of greatest interest to them, but to those of secondary interest as well. Strategically, it is far better to apply broadly and decline interview invitations than to receive no interview invitations at all. In addition, students who expand the scope of potential practice areas of interest, consider locations outside of Los Angeles, and take the time to apply to employers who request a cover letter, will also gain an advantage in ultimately securing interviews.
- OCI is one of multiple job search resources available to students, not the “one and only.”
Some OCI employers (particularly big firms) recruit students exclusively through OCI. Therefore, it is important that students stay abreast of OCI registrants (including Phase II employers) to avoid missing an opportunity to apply. However, since only a small percentage of the legal market utilizes OCI for hiring, students should not feel discouraged if they find minimal success through OCI.
Fall 2014 OCI is open to students attending Loyola Law School during the Fall 2014 semester as a 2L (2D/3E, Class of 2016), a 3L (3D/4E, Class of 2015), or an LLM graduating in Fall 2014 or later.
- JD/MBA students and those returning from a leave of absence are classified according to the anticipated graduation date they report to the Registrar.
- Internal transfer students (who transfer from Day to Evening or vice versa) may participate based on the expected graduation term they report to the Registrar. The expected graduation term must be 2015 Spring/ Summer for internal transfers classified as 3D/4E or 4D/5E and 2015 Fall or 2016 Spring/Summer for those classified as 2D/3E.
- Outgoing transfer students are eligible to bid on all employers participating in OCI. Those who decide to transfer out should participate in OCI at their new school–not at Loyola.
- Incoming transfer students may participate once the Registrar confirms enrollment. OCI bidding deadlines still apply regardless of when students transfer into Loyola.
- Visiting students must maintain the same status (full-time or part-time) as they do at their home law school. Visiting students must carry the minimum unit load required by Loyola: 12 for full-time and 8 for part-time.
For complete details, review the Fall 2014 OCI Guide for Students.
Career Development Center
Founders Hall 118
919 Albany St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015