FALL 2017 OCI
- Important dates:
- March 21, 2017– OCI Information Session. Recording found here: https://vimeo.com/209770988/e39abc8c1e
- July 1, 2017– Students check email for an OCI update including details about upcoming events.
- July 10, 2017– Bidding opens for students on Symplicity.
- July 24, 2017– Deadline for students to submit resumes to counselors for review.
- End of July TBA– Prepare for a successful OCI by attending the student panel the end of July, 2017. The exact time and date will be announced here by July 1, 2017.
- August 1, 2017– Meet the Employers reception at 5:00-6:30 pm – details and sign-up information will be posted here by July 1, 2017.
- August 3, 2017– Bidding deadline at noon.
- August 9-10, 2017– Mock interviews with attorneys – details and sign-up information will be posted here by July 1, 2017.
- August 15, 2017– First interviews.
- September, 2017– Interviews continue through September.
Mitchell Hamline students who will graduate in 2018 and 2019 are eligible to participate in the fall 2017 on-campus interview (OCI) program. OCI participants prepare and register in July and August. Interviews begin on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 and continue through September. Most of the first interviews occur in August with second-round interviews typically stretching through August and September.
How OCI works:
First, students register in Symplicity by completing or updating their profiles, uploading resumes and other materials requested by employers, and bidding for the employers with whom they want to interview (this happens in July–August). The deadline for OCI registration and bidding is noon on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Registration and bidding are required to participate in OCI.
Next, the employers review the materials from students who have bid for them and select the students they wish to interview. Mitchell Hamline notifies the selected students, who choose interview time slots (via Symplicity) on the date(s) the employers are scheduled to interview at Mitchell Hamline. The interviews are typically 20-30 minutes long.
After students interview with employers at Mitchell Hamline, employers notify students directly if they have been selected for the much longer “call back” interview. The “call back” takes place at the employer’s office and typically lasts two to four hours. It often involves a series of interviews and a meal. The employers then determines who will receive offers of employment and contact students directly. Please note that some employers have a slightly different process.
Deciding whether or not to participate? Consider this …
OCI is the only way that certain employers hire. In particular, large firms will use OCI to hire 2019 graduates for their formal summer associate programs, from which they usually look to hire their new associates. These firms often set required or preferred grades, class ranks, and other expectations.
Other OCI employers include smaller firms, public employers (such as the Ramsey County Attorney’s office), companies, and certain judicial clerkships. These employers often do not emphasize grades and other measures as much as the large firms. Some of these employers are looking to hire 2018 graduates as new associates or judicial clerks. Others are looking for 2019 graduates, either as summer associates, summer-only clerks or summer-only interns.
Historically, about 10 percent of Mitchell Hamline students find employment through on-campus interviewing. Most employers do not use OCI to hire because their hiring patterns do not fit within a fall-only hiring season.
Check the OCI Section in Symplicity in July for the list of employers registered for OCI. The list will be updated on Symplicity as additional employers register…so check it often!
How to participate in OCI
Attend the Fall 2017 Information Session on March 21, 2017.
Did you miss this session? Watch a video of the panel here: https://vimeo.com/209770988/e39abc8c1e
Check your email on July 1 for an important OCI update including sign-ups and event details.
Attend the OCI Tips and Student Panel the end of July, 2017. The exact time and date will be announced here by July 1, 2017.
A panel of students, who all obtained a summer clerkship through OCI, will share their general advice about how to best prepare for a successful OCI process. Our staff and student paenlists will also be available to answer your questions.
Refine the written materials requested by employers: resume, cover letter, writing sample, reference list.
If you have not uploaded a resume in Symplicity yet, upload it by July 24, 2017 to guarantee review by an advisor. If you have uploaded your resume previously and want a second review of your resume or any of your other application materials, call 651-290-6326 to make a resume appointment or email your counselor. We strongly recommend you meet with your counselor prior to submitting your application documents!
Research employers to see which ones you want to bid for.
Search firm websites, the NALP Directory, Martindale, and local newspaper sites for firms in the news. Some information to research: number of attorneys employed, clients, practice groups, diversity, attorney bios (who do they attract?), male/female ratio, work-life balance, impression the website gives, billable hours, and professional development for attorneys.
The Symplicity OCI Section will continually be updated as new employers register—you are responsible for checking this regularly.
Use Symplicity to view the OCI employers looking for students in your graduation/class year and to see their hiring criteria/requirements. If your class year (1L/2L/3L) is incorrect in your Symplicity profile, you will not be able to view the correct employers or make bids. Please be sure to update your student profile accordingly.
Register for the first phase of OCI no later than noon on Thursday, August 3.
Apply to all of the firms you are interested in (the more you apply to, the more chances you have of getting an interview). You also want to keep in mind that if you get 20 interviews, you will be required to participate in all of them.
Register by uploading your resume and other materials requested by the employers you bid for, selecting the employers you are bidding for in Symplicity, signing the Professional Responsibility Agreement, and turning the signed agreement in to the Career and Professional Development Office. You can change your bids and upload different resumes and materials until noon on August 3, 2017. After this deadline, Symplicity will prevent further changes. You can bid for a maximum of 20 employers in the first phase.
Attend the “Meet the Employers” reception on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 at Mitchell Hamline. The exact time will be announced here by July 1, 2017.
- Learn more about the OCI employers by asking thoughtful questions.
- Show your enthusiasm and interest in specific employers.
- Make a lasting and positive impression. Employers often take notes on candidates they meet that impress them. Wear professional business attire.
Prepare for interviews.
The following practice opportunities and resources are available to you:
- Interview coaching appointments with Career and Professional Development advisors: 20-30 minutes designed based on your individual preferences—can be a discussion, mock interview, question and answer time, or a combination of any of these elements. Sign up by calling 651-290-6326 or email your career counselor.
- Mock Interviews with attorneys on August 9-10, 2017: 20 minute interviews followed by 10 minutes of critique. Sign up by calling 651-290-6326.
Sign up to participate in later OCI phases
You will be notified when employers sign up for additional phases of OCI. You can register at that time, or if you are already registered, you can submit bids for these later phases. Check Symplicity for updates.