For rising second-year law students throughout the country, August is On-Campus Interview month. OCI is a complex process through which law firms select students they will invite back for job interviews for summer associate positions. Many of those firms then hire the same students for permanent positions following graduation. The process is harrowing and the pressure intense. But for those students who choose not to go through OCI or who fail to land a position with an OCI firm, there comes a second critical phase: finding a job outside of OCI.
To clarify, the majority of legal positions out there don’t come through OCI. Since 2008, large firms (the majority of OCI employers) have reduced their hiring. Most small-to-mid-sized firms don’t interview until law grads have taken and passed the bar exam. READ MORE