Monday, October 02, 2006



Seeing as on-campus interviewing (OCI) is going on right now, I thought I'd touch on the law school interviewing process.

Almost all law schools offer students the opportunity to participate in an OCI program. There is usually an academic requirement, either for the participation in the OCI program or to submit applications/resumes to certain employers. Usually, employers are looking for students with above a 3.0 GPA, although it can vary (2.7-3.3 most likely). Employers are also very interested in students participating in extracurricular activities, with the two biggest ones being law review and moot court. There are also journals to write for, such as the business law journal, and student organizations to be a part of, such as the intellectual property law society. These more focused activities will look good depending on the legal field of the employer.

During OCI, students will submit resumes (and possibly transcripts) to employers, and most likely get a brief interview. Then, second (and possibly third) rounds of interviewing will occur with students that each employer chooses. This could lead to a summer associate position, or possibly a part-time or full-time clerking position. These are some of the most competitive positions because they normally pay.

An alternative to working for a firm is externships, which include working for judges and prosecutor's offices. These are more abundant and less competitive because they do not pay, but they do give academic credit. Many of these can be applied for by completing forms and submitting transcripts and resumes, either electronically or by mail. There may also be the opportunity to apply for externships in person at OCI, or possibly at another career fair.

Now, the big problem I've seen with patent law is the lack of specialized patent law firms coming to OCI and career fairs. Many firms have intellectual property attorneys and do some patent work, but to get the most out of your summer or clerking position, I would try to work for a specialized patent law firm. The solution to the lack of firms is to research online and submit resumes and transcripts to the firm recruiting contacts. It is a more difficult process, but you are very in-demand at specialized patent law firms if you have an engineering degree.

That is a quick run-down of the law school interviewing process. I may update this later if I notice anything different, or maybe I will update you on my success sending out information to firms.

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