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Beyond OCI. How The Other 85% Find a Job. Searching For Ideas. Read all emails that come from our office and law school announcements Use our website at Username: student Password: loyolaonline Attend our programs Read our blog Check Symplicity often

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beyond oci

Beyond OCI

How The Other 85% Find a Job

searching for ideas
Searching For Ideas
  • Read all emails that come from our office and law school announcements
  • Use our website at
    • Username: student
    • Password: loyolaonline
  • Attend our programs
  • Read our blog
  • Check Symplicity often
  • Stay informed about the legal community and business
take action be prepared
Take Action & Be Prepared
  • Get work experience & develop your skills
  • Update your resumes/cover letters
  • Have your counselor review
  • Do a mock interview prior to any interviews
  • Network – your counselor will give you names
  • Obtain reciprocity
  • Job search handouts, books, newsletters, etc.
    • CSO website and library
things to consider
Things To Consider
  • Don’t wait to acquire experience
  • Be realistic and open-minded
  • Consider all opportunities
  • If you are not sure – talk to your counselor
  • Get organized – create a file
large law firms
Large Law Firms
  • Large Firms Making Decisions Now
    • Large or boutique firms – 2Ls and 3Ls
    • Usually want top 10-20% or specialized ed/exp.
    • Resumes, cover letters, transcripts now
    • To Find: Go to
    • Send whether OCI or not
    • Leverage any personal connections you have
smaller law firms
Smaller Law Firms
  • Small & Medium Firms
    • No OCI b/c don’t have summer associates
    • Usually expect resumes & interview in the spring
    • Identify firms you want to work for – active search
      • 4 or More List
  • Find out how/when they hire
      • Students who worked there in prior years
      • Loyola alums – ask your counselor
      • Contact law office directly – 4 or More List
government summer 2013
Government Summer 2013
  • Many government deadlines for summer hiring are in the fall. (DOJ: early Sept; FBI-mid October)
  • Honors/Internship Programs available in the Arizona Handbook (many federal and some state).
  • Use our Government website, Use
  • Attend Government Programs This Fall: Meet the Public Service Organizations Reception (Nov. 5)
  • Contact offices you are interested in to learn their hiring deadlines and meet with alumni
public interest summer 2013
Public Interest Summer 2013
  • Larger PI orgs do their summer hiring in the fall.
  • Research PI orgs now to learn their hiring deadlines. National-PSLawNet,
  • A key issue is funding; sources include: PILI-applications available October 15, PILS, EJW Summer Corps (see our website)
  • Attend
    • Equal Justice Works Job Fair in DC – October 26 & 27
    • Public Service Employers Event: November 5
    • MPILCC Job Fair – early February
public interest government
Public Interest & Government
  • Very important to gain relevant experience now and to demonstrate commitment to issues and/or organization.
  • Position yourself now for after graduation
  • Be strategic
  • Post Graduate Fellowships
    • Deadlines are in early fall 3L year but need to plan now
  • Government Honors Programs
    • Deadlines are in early fall 3L year but need to plan now
  • For non-law: Presidential Management Fellowship
  • 2Ls: A few government offices do OCI
judicial externships clerkships
Judicial Externships/Clerkships
  • Externship info sessions for Spring 2013 externships: September 13 & 14
  • Judicial Clerkships Application Process
    • You must sign up next April 2013
    • Info sessions take place each March
    • Letters of Recommendation next May & June
    • Applications process all next summer
improve your chances
Improve Your Chances
  • Talk to alumni in your area(s) of interest
    • Request informational interviews with alums – much like regular interviews, be prepare
    • How to find alums:
      • LinkedIn
      • Your counselor
      • Loyola’s Alumni Database – see website
    • Nervous about approaching alums?
      • Talk with counselor, see 1L CSO Handbook
    • Attend practice-area-specific events
improve your chances1
Improve Your Chances
  • Make Your Resume Shine
    • Work this school year to build skills
    • Get those skills on your resume
    • Do a clinic or externship
    • Moot Court
    • Volunteer to build skills/resume
      • Proofread carefully before send out
improve your chances2
Improve Your Chances
  • Look beyond Chicago
    • Collar counties and Springfield – many lawyers
    • Ties to another city? (home town), you may be more in demand there
    • Reciprocity with school in that city (Nov. 1)
    • Use your Thanksgiving/Winter Break sensibly
      • Be available for interviews at no cost to them
use your student status
Use Your Student Status
  • Increase your network while you are still a student – it is much easier when a student
  • Maintain contact with your network
  • Update contacts on your progress