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 coordinates OCI in the Spring and in the Fall. Fall OCI has more employer participants and is more competitive. Fall OCI employers primarily seek rising 2Ls (Class of 2017) for summer employment following their 2L year (Summer 2016).
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- All types of legal employers participate in OCI. 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 and public defender offices, non-profit agencies, and other organizations that participate in Fall and Spring OCI.
- OCI is for all students. While big firms tend to set high class rank and G.P.A. cutoffs to narrow down their large pool of applicants, most legal employers place greater value on experience and other achievements. As a result, students, regardless of their class rank, can secure interviews through OCI.
- Students find greater success when they apply broadly. 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. 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 securing interviews.
- OCI is one of multiple job search resources available to students. Some OCI employers recruit students exclusively through OCI. Therefore, it is important that students stay abreast of OCI registrants 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 2015 OCI is open to JD students attending Loyola Law School during the Fall 2015 semester as a 2L (2D/3E, Class of 2017) or 3L (3D/4E, Class of 2016). Students enrolled during the Fall 2015 semester in the LL.M. Tax, LL.M. Foreign Trained Attorney, Doctor of Juridical Science degree, and Master of Tax programs are also eligible, but should note that the vast majority of employers who utilize OCI for recruitment purposes target JD students. Joint degree students (JD/MBA, JD/LLM), students returning from a leave of absence, and internal transfer students who transfer from Day to Evening or vice versa are classified as a 2L or 3L according to the anticipated graduation date they report to the Registrar. 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 are based on employer preferences and still apply to incoming transfer students regardless of when they transfer into Loyola. Visiting students who wish to participate in OCI must maintain the same status (full-time or part-time) as they do at their home law school and must carry the minimum unit load required by Loyola: 12 for full-time and 8 for part-time.
Career Development Center
Founders Hall 118
919 Albany St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015