Phase II of Fall OCI is Here!

Phase II of the Fall 2008 On Campus Interview (OCI) Program will take place from Monday, September 8 to Friday, October 31. As Phase II is longer than Phase I, it is divided into three sessions, the first of which will take place from Monday, September 8 through Friday, September 19. To participate, you must complete the bidding process via the Symplicity system.

Bidding for Phase II // Session I employers will begin tomorrow, Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. EST and will conclude Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 11:00 p.m. EST. You may log onto Symplicity to view those employers participating in Phase II // Session I. Please keep in mind that you will only be able to view those employers accepting applications from your class year or LL.M. program. Likewise, you will only be able to submit bids to those employers accepting applications from your class year or LL.M. program.

To help you through the bidding process, the CDO is providing you with detailed instructions on both the OCI program and the Symplicity system. The Fall 2008 On Campus Interview (OCI) Program Handbook is online or in hard copy at the CDO.

Please take the time to read the Handbook to acclimate yourself with the Fall OCI process and the Symplicity system. For information related to the OCI program, please read the “General Information” section and FAQs. For specific instructions on how to view participating employers and bid using Symplicity, please read the “Student Guide to Symplicity.” Reading this information before bidding will answer most of the questions you have, will minimize any problems you may encounter with the system and will make the bidding process much easier for you.

U.S. DOJ Summer Law Intern Program (2Ls) and Honors Program (3Ls)

Interested in working for the federal government next summer or after graduation? If so, then consider applying to the United States Department of Justice Summer Law Intern Program (for 2Ls) and Honors Program (for 3Ls).

The Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is the Department’s competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships. Selection for employment is based on many elements of a candidate’s background including academic achievement, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, and summer or part-time legal employment. The Department also considers specialized academic studies (including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees), work experience, and extracurricular activities that directly relate to the work of the Department.

The highly competitive Honors Program is only way that the Department hires entry-level attorneys. Selection for employment is based on many elements of a candidate’s background including academic achievement, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, and summer or part-time legal employment. The Department also considers specialized academic studies (including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees), work experience, and extracurricular activities that directly relate to the work of the Department.

To apply for either program, you must complete the online application by Tuesday, September 2, 2008. To access the online application and get more information about each program, please visit the appropriate link:

SLIP: http://www.usdoj.gov/oarm/arm/sp/sp.htm.
Honors Program: http://www.usdoj.gov/oarm/arm/hp/hp.htm

Government Honors and Internship Handbook Now Available

Interested in a summer or post-graduate position with a federal government agency? The Government Honors & Internship Handbook is a comprehensive collection of available opportunities.

The 2008-2009 Handbook is now available online at http://www.law.arizona.edu/career/honorshandbook.cfm. The site is password protected. To obtain the login information, please contact your career advisor.

Fall OCI Resources

With Fall OCI just around the corner, the CDO has compiled a number of resources useful during this time. All of the following materials are available in the Resource Library, in the paper holder located to the left of the copy machine.

o Fall OCI Checklist

o Fall OCI Myths and Legends

o Fall OCI Bidding and Interview Dates

o Get Ready for OCI Workshops

o Habits of Highly Effective Summers (article)

o Help! My Grades Stink! (article)

o Job Fair Information (2008)

o NALP Open Letter to Law Students

o NALP Travel Expense Reimbursement Form

o Steps to Follow when Applying to Large Law Firms

o Steps to Follow when Applying to Small and Mid-Sized Firms

o Student Guide to Symplicity

o Student Professionalism During the Interview Season: A Quick Guide to Your Ethical Responsibilities in the Offer and Decision-Making Process (NALP article)

o Utilizing Online Resources to Conduct Online Searches

Save the Date: Small Firm Interview Program, March 2009

The Second Annual Small Firm Interview Program sponsored by the Florida Bar General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section will be held on March 21, 2009 in Orlando, FL in conjunction with its annual Solo and Small Firm Conference. The program will enable employers to interview law students and recent graduates from all of Florida’s law schools.

Information will be available late fall at http://www.gpssf.org/convention.php.

August 2008 Calendar

Job Fairs, Workshops and Other Events Taking Place in the Month of August
August 1-2
Southeastern Minority Job Fair (SEMJF), Atlanta, GA

August 6-8
Mock Interview Program (Phase I)

August 7
ABA Student Division Career Fair, New York, NY

August 8
Washington DC Interview Program

August 11-15
Fall On Campus Interview Program (OCI) Phase I Interviews

August 11
Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair, New Orleans, LA

August 14
Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair, New York, NY

August 15
Boston Lawyers Group Job Fair, Boston, MA
IMPACT Job Fair for Law Students with Disabilities, Arlington, VA
Southeastern Law Placement Consortium (SELPC) Job Fair, Atlanta, GA

August 16
Delaware Minority Job Fair, Wilmington, DE

August 19
Get Ready for OCI Phase II/Session I: OCI Information and Symplicity Training Session, 12:30 p.m. – Room 109

August 20
Get Ready for OCI Phase II/Session I: Resume Workshop, 12:30 p.m. – Room 109
Northwest Minority Job Fair, Seattle, WA
Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair, San Francisco, CA

August 21
Ins and Outs of OCI: Callbacks, Offers and Acceptances, 12:30 p.m. – Room 109
Boston Lawyers Group Job Fair, Washington, DC
Resume Referral/Direct Contact bidding deadline

August 22
Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, Kansas City, MO
West Coast Interview Program, Santa Monica, CA

August 23
Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, Kansas City, MO

August 25
Business Etiquette with Sharon Abrahams of McDermott, Will & Emery, 12:30 p.m. – Room 108

August 26
Get Ready for OCI Phase II/Session II: OCI Information and Symplicity Training Session, 12:30 p.m. – Room 109

August 28
Get Ready for OCI Phase II/Session II: Resume Workshop, 12:30 p.m. – Room 109
Postgraduate Fellowship Opportunities, 12:30 p.m. – Room 216B

Fall 2008 Mock Interview Program

The Fall 2008 On Campus Interview (OCI) Program is just around the corner. Don’t miss the opportunity to practice your interviewing skills before OCI and receive immediate feedback. Local practitioners have agreed to participate in this program to make sure you are prepared for the fall recruiting season. The Mock Interview Program will be held from August 6-8 (Phase I) and September 3-5 (Phase II).

To sign up for a mock interview, please log onto Symplicity and select “OCI, Resume Referral and Direct Contact Schedules” from the top navigation bar. From the session drop down menu, select “Fall 2008 Mock Interview Program (Phase I)” and select the date that works best for you. You will then have the option to select a time and the resume that will be supplied to the mock interviewer. Select “signup” to complete the sign up process.

Please note that each date listed may have different times. Please review the various dates to find the time that works best for you. Each mock interview will take 30 minutes. You are only allowed to sign up for one mock interview per program. Sign ups for mock interviews are on a first-come, first-serve basis so it is to your benefit to sign up early.

If you have any questions, please contact Davian Darby.

HNBA JOB FAIR REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 18, 2008

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) will be holding its 2008 Annual Convention in Los Angeles, California from September 3-6, 2008. As part of the Convention, the HNBA will once again host the largest Latino Job Fair in the country, providing law students with an opportunity to meet, interview and network with private, government and public interest employers from across the country.

The Job Fair will be held on Friday, September 5, 2008, at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. The registration fee is $175. The registration deadline is Monday, August 18, 2008. To register for the Job Fair and to obtain more information on it, please visit www.hnba.com.

For more information on the fair and for a list of frequently asked questions, please contact Cristina Ortega.

Judicial Internships during the Academic Year and Summer

The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Internship Program is available to 2L and 3L students interested in interning with a judge during the fall or spring semesters.

Applications for positions during the Fall 2008 semester will be available in the CPC starting August 21, 2008.

Also, students can apply individually to state and federal judges for both school year and summer positions. Contact Liz Stack, Director of Judicial Clerkships for all questions related to judicial internships.

Judicial Clerkship Information for Rising 3Ls and Alumni

Interested in a judicial clerkship? Summer is the time to apply!!

Anyone interested in a federal or state post-graduate judicial clerkship should review the judicial clerkship materials posted on the CPC website at and contact Liz Stack, Director of Judicial Clerkships.