August 2016 On-Campus Interview Program

Second- and third-year J.D. students can be interviewed through our August On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program. This program runs for two weeks (nine days of interviewing) prior to the beginning of our Autumn Quarter, which allows students to interview with little if any class conflicts. This year the program will run from August 8 to August 18, 2016. Employers are strongly encouraged to schedule callbacks for our students before September 26, 2016 the first day of Autumn Quarter classes. Fees (see below) are required for registration and participation in this program. Questions about fall on-campus recruiting and fees may be directed to Paul Woo at or (773) 834-0918.


Interview Days
The August 2016 OCI Program consists of one session of interviews, August 8-August 18 (no weekend interviews)

  • Week 1 (4 days), August 8, 9, 10, & 11
  • Week 2 (4 days), August 15, 16, 17, & 18  

Callback Days
Employers are strongly encouraged to schedule callbacks for our students before classes begin September 26, 2016.  Since OCI concludes August 18, 2016 our students are at liberty to schedule callbacks without class conflicts for five weeks.  Please plan to accommodate our students if at all possible during this period. 

Interview Site - New Location for 2016!
Interviews will be held at the University of Chicago Law School at 1111 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637. Interviewers should report directly to this location


Symplicity Registration
Registration for the August 2016 OCI Program must be made on-line at the University of Chicago Law School Symplicity Web page. Our registration period begins on-line on February 21, 2016 and should be submitted by April 11, 2016. To register:

  • Set up an account (if you do not already have one) to access our Symplicity Web page by going to:
  • Click on the “Register” tab, and follow the instructions (contact us at or by phone at (773) 702-9625 if you have any questions about your account). An e-mail reply will contain login and password information
  • Login to your Symplicity account at
  • Click “On-Campus Recruiting” on the toolbar at the top of the page
  • Click the “Schedule Requests” tab
  • Complete last August's (2015) OCI Callback Survey and/or 2015 Summer Associate Offer Survey as needed
  • Click the “Request Schedule” button
  • Complete the registration form
  • Pay particular attention to these registration text fields
    • Under “Scheduling Notes:” tell us about any special interview schedule needs
    • Under “Position Description:” tell students about any particular practice area requirements (i.e., patent practice requires science/engineering degree). Do not enter any class rank preferences, since the Law School does not rank its students.
    • Under “Additional Requests:” tell us about any particular interviewer needs (i.e., diet restrictions, travel itinerary requirements). Since students will not be uploading cover letters, writing samples, and transcripts during the bidding process, you may only request that these documents be brought to the interview.
  • Click the “Submit” button

Contact Paul Woo, Director of Career Services, if you have any questions about registering and/or configuring your interview schedule(s) on-line. He may be reached at 773-834-0918 or


The Law School requires two employer fees in order to participate in the August OCI Program:

Interview Date Registration Fee: 

This initial fee helps the Law School offset some initial service costs and ensures that in the event of your cancellation, resumes of interested students will be sent to you. The registration fee payment is due at the time of your registration. The Registration Fee is non-refundable.


Law Firm, Corporation, Investment Bank & Management Consulting Firms (multiple offices interviewing separately)


Government, Public Interest & Legal Services


Interview Date Service Fee:

The service fee is a charge that helps support our August On Campus Interview Program. A service fee is charged only to those employers who actually interview on their scheduled day. The fee is calculated according to the number of employer office(s) registered, the number of attorneys in the office(s), and the number of interview schedules utilized on the day of interviewing. Branch offices requiring their own interview schedules and interviewing separately from other office locations are treated as separate employers, and will incur a fee as such. The service fee includes the cost of the first interview schedule, and it can be adjusted for half-day schedules; schedules with four or fewer students are not charged. A Service Fee Invoice will be sent to employers in October, 2016.


Number of Attorneys





Law Firm - Full Day





Law Firm - Half Day





Law Firm - Additional





Other Employers


Government, Public Interest & Legal Services


OCI Surveys

Employers who recruited on-campus during the August 2015 OCI program must submit a completed On-Campus Interviewing Survey and a Summer 2015 Associate Offer Survey as part of the registration process for the August 2016 OCI program. The surveys may be found on each employer's Symplicity account under "On-Campus Recruiting." 

On-Campus Employer Interview Policies
Registering, on-line or otherwise, and participating in our Fall On Campus Interview Program obligates your agreement to the following Law School policies.

  • Student Prescreening and Interview Selection
    It is the University of Chicago Law Schools’ policy not to permit the prescreening of student resumes for the purpose of on-campus interviewing. You are obliged to interview students who were successfully scheduled during the computerized bidding process.
  • Class Rank
    The University of Chicago Law School does not calculate students’ g.p.a., nor does it rank its students.
  • Student Privacy
    It is the Law Schools’ policy not to provide employers with demographic information about any of its students. In the same regard, we cannot provide employers with students campus address, telephone, or e-mail addresses.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy
    The University of Chicago Law School is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all persons on the basis of individual merit and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status, and does not discriminate against members of protected classes under the law.  The University of Chicago Law School requires all employers using the services and facilities of the Office of Career Services to comply with this policy; with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations; and with pertinent standards of the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools. An exception to this policy is granted to the United States military.


Interview Date Assignments
The interview date assignment process will begin after April 11, 2016. In order to assign dates, the eight days of recruiting are divided into four groups of two days each. Date assignments are made on a rotating basis; e.g., employers who interviewed in group two one year, will move to group three the following year. I consider these factors in order when assigning an interview date:

(1) Interview date assignment last year - I do rotate employers that are national, or based in Chicago, New York City,  Washington, DC and California.
(2) Date when registration was submitted
(3) Any date preferences indicated

No Hospitality Suite Arrangements
Unfortunately, we are not in a position to offer employers a hospitality suite. Given the abundance of employers who want to interview on-campus, all of our interview rooms must be dedicated to accommodating this need.

We cannot offer a vacant interview room (from employers who cancelled their interview schedule) as a hospitality suite on the interview day.

Interview Date Confirmation
Confirmation of your interview date will be made the week of May 23, 2016. Confirmation of your assigned date(s) will not be provided until your Registration Fee is received. To view your confirmed interview date:

  • Login into your University of Chicago Law School Symplicity account at
  • Click “On-Campus Recruiting” on the toolbar at the top of the page
  • Click the “Confirmed Schedules” tab (make sure the “Session” drop down field is set to August OCI 2015)
  • Add the name(s) of your interviewer(s) by clicking on the assigned date, going to the “Interviewer(s)” field, and clicking the “Add Name” button
  • Click “Profile” on the toolbar at the top of the page if you wish to add employer profile information for students’ viewing

Detailed information about transportation to and from the interview site, interview site and room location directions, check-in procedures, interviewer procedures, food, and breaks will be enclosed with the confirmation.

Student Interview Schedule(s)
The Symplicity algorithm generates a schedule complete with student interview times based on student bid preferences and availability, interview schedule capacity, and time availability. The published on-line schedule will also give you access to the resumes for students who were placed on the interview schedule.

Interview Schedule(s) and Resumes Publication
An e-mail will notify when your interview schedules are available for viewing. Simply:

  • Login into your University of Chicago Law School Symplicity account at
  • Click “On-Campus Recruiting” on the toolbar at the top of the page
  • Click the “Resume/Schedule Packets” tab to obtain a copy of the schedule with the students’ resumes behind it, or
  • Click the “Interviews” tab for on-line viewing (verify the “Session” drop down field is set to August 2016 OCI). You are free to create your own Resume/Schedule packet of student interviewees by selecting all of them (click the blue plus sign), and then clicking the “Generate Resume/Applicant packet” button (the system will send you an e-mail notifying you that your packet is ready and available)

Interview Schedule(s) Student Overflow (unscheduled students)

Interviewing employers also have access to students who are on an overflow list of students who did not get scheduled. To view them:

  • Login into your University of Chicago Law School Symplicity account at
  • Click “On-Campus Recruiiting” on the toolbar at the top of the page
  • Click the “Overflow Interest” tab (verify the “Session” drop down field is set to August 2016 OCI) to see the students and their resumes. You are free to create your own Resume/Schedule packet of overflow students by selecting any of them, and then clicking the “Generate Resume/Applicant packet” button (the system will send you an e-mail notifying you that your packet is ready and available)

You are permitted to review the list and encourage anyone on the overflow list to sign up for any available blank time slot during the Open Sign up period for your interview date (that period begins 48 hours and ends 24 hours in advance of your interview date). Employers are not permitted to add any overflow students to the interview schedule(s).

Be mindful that some students on the overflow list may already appear on the interview schedule if you had a multi-office interview schedule configuration; these students submitted multiple bids for other offices, but could only interview one time. They are easily identified in the last column “Other Interviews.”

INTERVIEW DAY LOGISTICS (forthcoming via email July 2016)


Contact Paul Woo at (773) 834-0918 or via e-mail at