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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