August On-Campus Interviews

Second- and third-year J.D. students can be interviewed through our August On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program. This program runs for two weeks (a total of seven interview days) prior to the beginning of our Autumn Quarter, which allows students to interview without any class conflicts. The 2018 program will run from August 6 through August 15, 2018 (specific interview dates listed below). Employers are strongly encouraged to schedule callbacks for our students before September 26, 2018, which is the first day of Autumn Quarter classes. Fees (see below) are required for participation in this program (an exception is made for government and public service employers). Questions about fall on-campus recruiting and fees may be directed to Paul Woo at (773) 834-0918 or p-woo1@uchicago.edu.

PROGRAM DATES AND LOCATION

Interview Days
The August 2018 OCI Program consists of one session of interviews, August 6 - August 15 (no Friday or weekend interviews)

  • Week 1 (4 days), August  6, 7, 8 , and 9
  • Week 2 (3 days), August 13, 14, and 15  

Callback Days
Employers are strongly encouraged to schedule callbacks for our students before classes begin September 26, 2018. Since OCI concludes August 15, 2018 our students can schedule callbacks without class conflicts for six weeks. Please accommodate our students if at all possible during this period. 

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

Can't Attend?

If you cannot join us for August OCI, or if you have an office(s) that will not be represented during your OCI visit, please consider placing a job posting directed to 2L and/or 3L law students on our Job Posting board via your Symplicity account. Given our small class size, most employers find that requesting email applications from interested students works quite well. There is also an option for students to respond in Symplicity, and you can accumulate and view those responses on-line. There is no cost for this service.

HOW TO REGISTER

Symplicity Registration
Registration for the August 2018 OCI Program must be made on-line at the University of Chicago Law School Symplicity Web page. Our registration period begins on January 23, 2018 and ends on March 16, 2018. There is no registration fee, so no charges are due at the time of registration. Participants will be invoiced in September.

To register:

Login to your University of Chicago Law School Symplicity account (https://law-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com/employers/). If you are not in our system, or if you have login issues, please contact Paul Woo at 773-834-0918 or p-woo1@uchicago.edu for assistance. 

Proceed to On-Campus Recruiting (on the left side of the page) and click the “Schedule Request” button. 

If your organization attended our August OCI program last year, you will be directed to the Registration Form after you complete two surveys designed to tell us about our students' involvement in your 2017 Employer Summer Associate Program and our 2017 August OCI Program.

Next click on the "Request a Schedule" button and complete the Registration Form.

Pay particular attention to these registration text fields:

  • Under “Scheduling Notes,” tell us about any special interview schedule or interviewer (dietary needs/travel requirements) needs.
  • Under “Position Description,” inform students about any particular practice area needs and/or 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 Interview Documents,” list other application documents that students should bring to the interview. You will receive student resumes with your schedule, but students do not upload cover letters, writing samples, or transcripts.

Complete the Registration Form and hit "Submit."

You may return to your Registration Form before the Registration period ends (March 16) or after confirmations are sent (early May) to edit information. It would be extremely helpful to tell us who will be representing your organization on campus when that becomes available.

Lunch Sponsors

Employers might think about sponsoring a student lunch on their interview day. The $5,000 cost for this opportunity is aligned with the Law School's External Affairs Chicago Law Partners Program, and they assist the employer in setting up and catering this lunch. In the case of competing sponsors, a lottery system will be used to determine who gets to sponsor. To advise us of your willingness to sponsor lunch, indicate this in the "Scheduling Notes" text box on the OCI Registration Form. If a lottery is necessary, it will be conducted after interview dates are confirmed and the winning sponsors will be contacted.

To Assist You

Feel free to contact Paul Woo, Director of Career Services (773-834-0918 or p-woo1@uchicago.edu) with any questions you might have. 

REGISTRATION OBLIGATIONS: FEES, OCI SURVEYS, AND INTERVIEW POLICIES

2018 On-Campus Interview Program Fees

Government and public interest employers are exempt from all fees. Other employers can expect an invoice in September 2018 containing charges comprised of:

  1. A base, single schedule fee of $1,500
  2. Extra schedule fee(s) of $1,000 per additional schedule, as applicable

There is no registration fee; no charges are due at the time of registration.

OCI Surveys

Employers who recruited on-campus during the August 2017 OCI program must submit a completed On-Campus Interviewing Survey and a Summer 2017 Associate Offer Survey as part of the registration process for the August 2018 OCI program. The surveys may be found on each employer's Symplicity account under "On-Campus Recruiting." 

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

  • Student Prescreening and Interview Selection
    It is the University of Chicago Law School's policy not to permit the prescreening of candidates or 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.
  • GPA and Class Rank
    The University of Chicago Law School does not calculate students’ GPA, nor does it rank its students.
  • Student Privacy
    It is the Law School's policy not to provide employers with demographic information about any of its students. We also 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.

PROGRAM PROCEDURES

Interview Date Assignments
The interview date assignment process will begin in late March. In order to assign dates, the days of recruiting are divided into four groups. Date assignments are made on a rotating basis; i.e., employers who interviewed in group two one year, will move to group three the following year. These following factors are considered when interview dates are assigned:

(1) Interview date assignment last year (employers recruiting nationally, and law firms based in Chicago, New York City, D.C., and California are rotated each year)
(2) Date when registration was submitted
(3) Any date preferences indicated on the registration form

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 provided in early May 2018. To view your confirmed interview date and add information to your listing:

  • Login to your University of Chicago Law School Symplicity account at https://law-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com/employers
  • Click “On-Campus Recruiting” on the left side of the page
  • Click the “Confirmed Schedules” tab (make sure the “Session” drop down field is set to August OCI 2018)
  • 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

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

An e-mail will notify when your interview schedules are available for viewing. To access your schedule(s):

  • Login to your University of Chicago Law School Symplicity account at https://law-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com/employers
  • Click “On-Campus Recruiting” on the left side 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 OCI 2018). 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 an overflow list of students who bid on the employer but did not get scheduled. To view them:

  • Login to your University of Chicago Law School Symplicity account at https://law-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com/employers
  • Click “On-Campus Recruiting” on the left side of the page
  • Click the “Overflow Interest” tab (verify the “Session” drop down field is set to August OCI 2018) 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 notification when your packet is ready)

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
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 provided in July 2018.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Paul Woo at (773) 834-0918 or via e-mail at p-woo1@uchicago.edu.