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OCI

On-Campus Interviews
The Career Services Office hosts employers in the fall and spring semester interviewing students for summer and post-graduate positions. These sessions are known as on-campus interviews, or OCI.

The application process for OCI is called “bidding.” All bidding for on-campus interviews takes place through Symplicity. To participate, and to view a list of employers coming on campus along with their hiring criteria, please login and follow the instructions under the “OCI” tab.

Bidding for Fall 2014 OCI will open Aug. 1, and close Aug. 8. Instructions for fall bidding will be sent to students by email before bidding begins. Instructions will also be available under the “OCI” tab on Symplicity.

If you receive a callback or job offer from any employers you interviewed with during OCI, please let the Career Services Office know by e-mailing Courtney Key at ckey@law.tamu.edu.  This information will be used for internal records only.

On-Campus Interviewing Policies

  1. Notice of each upcoming OCI session and participation instructions will be posted on the OCI page, Symplicity, and announced via email. 
  2. Every applicant should adhere to the employer’s pre-requisites for advertised positions. Misrepresentation of qualifications can result in losing your privileges to access the services offered through the CSO.

Student participation in OCI and job fairs is a privilege. It is the student’s responsibility to check Symplicity and e-mails for communications from the CSO. Personal phone calls giving interview times and details are not guaranteed. All Career Services information will be posted on the website.

Interview Cancellation/No-Show Policies (IMPORTANT – Read Carefully)

  1. A student’s privilege to participate in OCI and/or job fairs can be denied if the student does not appear for a scheduled interview without good cause.
  2. Students must notify the CSO of an interview cancellation at least 48 hours before the scheduled interview or it will be considered a “no-show.” Emergency cancellations will be handled on an individual basis. Excessive cancellations may result in a loss of interviewing privileges. Please have consideration for your fellow students who might have missed obtaining an interview slot and could have used your place if you had given prior notice.
  3. If you miss an interview without prior notification to the CSO, you must meet with the Assistant Dean and provide good cause for the missed interview to have interviewing privileges reinstated. In addition, the CSO must provide a copy of the letter of apology which you will be required to send to the employer on file within 48 hours of the missed interview.
  4. Two “no-shows” for scheduled interviews will result in forfeiture of the use of the CSO.

Applying to Non-OCI Employers – Large Firms

If you’re interested in a summer associate position with a large law firm that does not participate in our fall OCI program, you may still apply directly to the firm. Information on many large law firms is available at http://www.nalpdirectory.com. Generally, large law firms recruit students from the top of the 2L class. If you are interested in applying to a large firm, you should have your application materials ready for receipt by the firm’s recruiting coordinator no later than Labor Day.

NALP Principles and Standards: Guidelines for Accepting and Rejecting Offers

The members of NALP – law schools and legal employers – have developed ethical standards to help guide the recruiting process. These Principles and Standards are designed to create an environment in which students have sufficient time to make informed career decisions and employers can rely on receiving responses at the appropriate time. Important provisions include the following:

A. General Provisions

  1. All offers to law student candidates (“candidates”) should remain open for at least two weeks after the date of the offer letter unless the offers are made pursuant to Sections B and C below, in which case the later response date should apply.
  2. Candidates are expected to accept or release offers or request an extension by the applicable deadline. Offers that are not accepted by the offer deadline expire.
  3. A candidate should not hold open more than five offers of employment at any one time. For each offer received that places a candidate over the offer limit, the candidate should, within one week of receipt of the excess offer, release an offer.
  4. Employers offering part-time or temporary positions for the school term are exempted from the requirements of Paragraphs B and C below.
  5. Practices inconsistent with these guidelines should be reported to the candidate’s career services office.

B. Full-Time Employment Provisions

  1. Employers offering full-time positions to commence following graduation to candidates not previously employed by them should leave those offers open for at least 28 days following the date of the offer letter or until December 30, whichever comes first. Offers made after December 15 for full-time positions to commence following graduation should remain open for at least two weeks after the date of the offer letter.
  2. Candidates may request that an employer extend the deadline to accept the employer’s offer until as late as April 1 if the candidate is actively pursuing positions with public interest or government organizations. Candidates may hold open only one offer in such circumstances. Employers are encouraged to grant such requests.
  3. Employers offering full-time positions to commence following graduation to candidates previously employed by them should leave those offers open until at least November 1 of the candidate’s final year of law school. Candidates should reaffirm these offers within thirty days from the date of the offer letter. Employers may retract any offer that is not reaffirmed within the 30 day period.
  4. Employers offering candidates full-time positions to commence following graduation and having a total of 40 attorneys or fewer in all offices are exempted from Paragraphs 1-3 of this Section. Instead, offers made on or before December 15 should remain open for at least three weeks following the date of the offer letter or until December 30, whichever comes first, and offers made after December 15 should remain open for at least two weeks.

C. Summer Employment Provisions for Second and Third Year Students

  1. Employers offering positions for the following summer to candidates not previously employed by them should leave those offers open for at least 28 days following the date of the offer letter or until December 30, whichever comes first. Offers made after December 15 for the following summer should remain open for at least two weeks after the date of the offer letter.
  2. Candidates may request that an employer extend the deadline to accept the employer’s offer until as late as April 1 if the candidate is actively pursuing positions with public interest or government organizations. Candidates may hold open only one offer in such circumstances. Employers are encouraged to grant such requests.
  3. Employers offering positions for the following summer to candidates previously employed by them should leave those offers open until at least November 1. Candidates should reaffirm these offers within thirty days from the date of the offer letter. Employers may retract any offer that is not reaffirmed within the 30 day period.
  4. Employers offering candidates positions for the following summer and having a total of 40 attorneys or fewer in all offices are exempted from Paragraphs 1-3 of this Section. Instead, offers made on or before December 15 should remain open for at least three weeks following the date of the offer letter or until December 30, whichever comes first, and offers made after December 15 should remain open for at least two weeks.

D. Summer Employment Provisions for First Year Students

  1. Law schools should not offer career services to first-semester first year law students prior to November 1 except in the case of part-time students who may be given assistance in seeking positions during the school term.
  2. Prospective employers and first year law students should not initiate contact with one another and employers should not interview or make offers to first year students before December 1.
  3. All offers to first year students for summer employment should remain open for at least two weeks after the date made.

For more information on NALP guidelines, visit the NALP website (link to http://www.nalp.org).