Fall Recruitment Program
Each fall semester, legal employers that choose to recruit Marquette University Law School 2Ls for full-time positions for the following summer and 3Ls for permanent positions commencing after graduation participate in the Law School's Fall Recruitment Program. Employers recruit either by participating in the On-Campus Interviewing Program (OCI) or by electing one of three Non-visiting Recruiting Options. The Career Planning Center (CPC) uses the comprehensive web-based application Symplicity CSM to manage the Fall Recruitment Program.
OCI is the most prominent component of the Fall Recruitment Program. Employers electing to participate in OCI send representatives to the Law School to conduct preliminary "screening interviews" of Marquette students. Based on the screening interview, an employer may invite the student for a more in-depth "callback interview" at the employer's place of business. The Career Planning Center (CPC) plays a very active role in OCI; coordinating employer participation, managing the application process, and hosting representatives of employers for interviews.
Students are strongly encouraged to carefully review the information provided in the links below. Questions should be directed to a member of the CPC staff.
- Accepting & Declining Job Offers (PDF)
- Eligibility: Student eligibility requirements for participation in the Fall Recruitment Program.
- Fall Recruitment Program (home page)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Interviewing Guide (PDF): This detailed Career Planning Center guide offers insight and tips covering topics from interview preparation and the interview itself to appropriate attire and interview follow up.
- Interview Withdrawal Form (electronic submission)
- Key Dates & Deadlines
- Legal Résumé Guide (PDF)
- Martindale.com: The most comprehensive searchable online directory of lawyers and legal employers, particularly law firms, in the nation.
- NALP Directory of Legal Employers: This National Association for Law Placement (NALP) online database provides specific details and "hard" information about law firms, principally large law firms. Information includes hiring practices and expectations, compensation and benefits, location and number of satellite offices, minimum hour expectations, average hours billed and worked, diversity recruitment and retention, and pro bono efforts.
- Non-Discrimination Policy
- Non-visiting Recruiting Options: A brief overview of "Collects," "Directs," and video interviewing.
- Online Research Resources (PDF)
- Open Letter to Law Students: This open letter from NALP offers certain guidelines that employers would like applicants to follow so that the process runs as smoothly as possible, to the benefit of both students and employers.
- Policies and Procedures
- Public Interest Guide (PDF)
- References: Guidelines for preparing a list of references.
- Requirements for Participation
- Salary Negotiations
- Student Agreement Form (electronic submission)
- Student Evaluation of OCI Employer Form: This NALP form can be used by students to evaluate on-campus employers. Completed forms should be submitted to the Career Planning Center.
- Student Participation Checklist
- Student Professionalism During the Interview Season: A quick guide from NALP for students to ethical responsibilities in the offer and decision-making process.
- Summer Employer Critique Form (electronic submission)
- Symplicity: The link for student access to Marquette Law School's Symplicity. Username and password are required.
- Symplicity Quick Guide for OCI
- Thank You Letter Guide (PDF)
- Thank You's for Screening Interviews
- Travel Expense Reimbursement Form: Students use this form to request reimbursement for expenses incurred in traveling to employers' offices for interviews. It offers a helpful way to share expenses among several employers.
- Transcripts: Guidelines for obtaining and uploading law school and undergraduate transcripts to Symplicity.
- Writing Effective Letters (PDF): The Career Planning Center's detailed guide to letter writing, including cover letters.
- Writing Samples