What is OCI?

The On Campus Interview (OCI) program is an efficient process for some legal employers to interview our students on campus for summer and entry-level associate positions.

We have three different programs:

Fall OCI

Interview Dates: Late July thru Early August prior to Fall Semester

Employment: Usually primarily for summer positions for rising 2Ls/part-timers and a few for entry level associate positions for graduating students.

Types of Employers: Mostly large firms who can predict hiring needs far in advance, but also some government agencies, local small firms, and nonprofits.

Size of program: Our largest number of employers – often 50+

Past Participants:

Spring OCI

Interview Dates: Mid February thru Early March during Spring Semester

Employment: Usually for summer positions for current 1Ls, 2Ls/part-timers and sometimes for entry level associate positions for graduating students.

Types of Employers: Mostly local small firms, and some non-profits.

Size of program: A small number of employers – often under 10

Ad Hoc OCI

Interview Dates: Any time during Fall or Spring semester.

Employment: Any current class year depending on the employer’s needs.

Types of Employers: Any type- depends entirely on employer needs.

Size of program: A small number of employers each semester – often under 10

What is a Resume Collect?

  • Some legal employers are unavailable to recruit on campus but still want to receive resumes from students interested in their opportunities at a specific time; this is called a resume collect.
  • Instead of the employer conducting interviews on campus, the employers will call the candidates they wish to interview to their office.
  • Apply for resume collect opportunities in the same place you apply for OCI.

In Order to Participate in OCI, You Must Sign the MOU

In order to participate in OCI, you must sign and submit the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which outlines professionalism expectations to follow.

Fall OCI:
Signing the MOU is the only way you get access to the OCI tab to see and apply for these opportunities.
Spring and Ad Hoc OCI:
If you do not already have a current MOU on file, you will need to sign one in order to attend your on campus interview.
Current MOU:
Email law-ocm@scu.edu to request the current MOU.

How to Apply

  • Fall OCI has its own tab that you access in SCU Law Jobs. Only those that have signed the MOU have access to see the OCI tab. TIP: Applying is called “bidding” in the system. You have an unlimited number of bids.
  • Spring and Ad Hoc OCIs look like regular job postings in SCU Law Jobs but the description will indicate that the interview will be on campus on a certain date.
  • TIP: If you are even remotely interested, apply because employers may decide to cancel the OCI if not enough students apply to make it worth their trip to campus.

Key Dates

Spring 2020 OCI:

1/9/20 Employers register by January 9, 2020.
1/13 – 1/24/20 Update resumes, research employers, create tailored cover letters. Meet with OCM for resume and cover letter critique.
1/27/20 Students – deadline to apply for Spring OCIs.
1/29/20 Employers Receive Applications by January 29, 2020.
1/30 – 1/31/20 Schedule a mock interview with OCM.
2/5/20 Employers Select Applicants to Interview by February 5, 2020.
2/10-2/11/20 Selected students schedule their interview and sign MOU.
2/12/20 Employers Receive Interview Schedule on February 12, 2020.
2/13 – 2/17/20 Meet with OCM for interview preparation.
2/18-3/6/20 Spring On Campus Interviews.

Fall 2020 OCI:

2/6/20 Attend High Tech Career Fair tabling event to meet some employers who will participate in OCI.
3/2, 3/3, 3/5, 3/19 & 3/20/20 “Elevator Pitch” sessions on 3/2, 3/3, 3/5, 3/19 & 3/20 – These sessions will be held during 12-1pm in the Mabie Grand Atrium in Charney Hall on a “first come, first serve” basis (and participating gets you access to the private networking event on 3/26/20).
3/4/20 Attend a 1-2pm panel session on OCI tips in Charney Hall, room 103

Recruiters and Attorneys from both firm and government agencies, will be giving tips on applying, interviewing and networking before OCIs.

3/16/20 & 3/17/20 Mock Interviews on Mon. 3/16 & Tues., 3/17 – Schedule an appointment in SCU Law Jobs (and participating gets you access to the private networking event on 3/26/20).
3/26/20 Attend Meet the OCI Employers tabling event to meet some employers who will participate in OCI.

4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Private Networking – see above for how to gain access

4:45 – 6:15 p.m. Tabling event – open to all

4/1/20 Attend OCI Orientation to learn about the process & key deadlines.
By 6/4/20 Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Only those who have signed the MOU get access to apply to OCIs.
6/5/20 OCI tab is visible only to those students who signed the MOU. Those students may now view which employers will be participating in OCIs.
6/15/20 Bidding (ability to apply) opens on OCI tab in SCU Law Jobs.
7/6/20 Bidding closes at 5:00 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time).
7/20/20 Check SCU Law Jobs to see if you have been selected for an interview (and if so, schedule it). Keep checking as employers will update their selections daily.
7/28/20 OCI interviews begin. Interviews will take place in the OCM suite – Charney Hall suite 115.
7/28/-8/11/20 On Campus Interviews (Big Law – private firms with 51+ attorneys and corporations).
8/4-8/28/20 On Campus Interviews (PI/PS, government agencies & non-profit organizations, mid-size firms – both local and out of area).
Entire Fall Semester Ad-Hoc OCIs (These OCIs will be added into SCU Law Jobs as a “Job Postings.”

Meet with OCM

Our office is dedicated to assisting you with the OCI application process and preparing you for interviews. We strongly encourage scheduling an appointment to review your resume and cover letter, and to conduct mock interviews, in advance of interviewing with employers. We are committed to ensuring that you have every chance of success at finding meaningful employment!