Fall Recruitment Program - Policies & Procedures
All students, including transfer and visiting students, who anticipate graduating December 2015, or May, August or December 2016 or 2017 ARE ELIGIBLE to participate in the 2015 Fall Recruitment Program.
Part-time students who anticipate graduating December 2015 and those with anticipated graduation dates in 2016 or 2017 and who will have completed Legal Analysis Writing and Research 1 and 2 by the 2015 Fall Term ARE ELIGIBLE to participate in the 2015 Fall Recruitment Program.
Students with questions concerning eligibility should contact the Career Planning Center.
To participate in the Fall Recruitment Program, students are required to complete and submit electronically the below forms to the Career Planning Center (CPC) by 11 PM on Sunday, August 30, 2015. The CPC reserves the right to prohibit a student's participation in the Fall Recruitment Program until both forms are received by the CPC.
All resumes submitted for the Fall Recruitment Program must conform to legal resume standards set forth in the Legal Resume Guide, including standards regarding inaccurate, false and misleading information. The CPC reserves the right to remove from consideration resumes that do not conform to these standards. In addition, if a student deliberately provides inaccurate, false or misleading information on a resume, including rounding up class rank or grade point average, the student is subject to referral to the Dean of the Law School and the Investigative Committee for possible disciplinary action (see Section 901(2) of the Marquette University Law School Academic Regulations).
Students apply, or "bid," for interviews with employers participating in the Fall Recruitment Program online via Symplicity. Before bidding a student must first upload their resume and any additional required application materials (e.g., law school transcript, writing sample, list of references).
The term "session" refers to the dates during which employers interview on campus. The sessions for Fall 2015 OCI are as follows:
- Fall '15 Session 1: August 26 through September 4
- Fall '15 Session 2: September 8 through September 25
- Fall '15 Session 3: September 28 through October 16
Bidding OPENS for all sessions for 2Ls on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. See Key Dates and Deadlines for bid/application deadlines for each session. All required application materials for applicable session employers must be uploaded to Symplicity and submitted by the appropriate deadline. There are no exceptions.
There is no limit to the number of employers for which a student may bid.
1. Selection: Pre-Screening and Random Selection.
Following the close of bidding, CPC forwards to employers the appropriate student application materials. Each employer has the option of reviewing, or "prescreening," the applications for 100 percent of the available interview slots. Employers also have the option of identifying "alternates."
2. Interview Schedules and Sign Up.
Following receipt by CPC of the employer's list of students selected for an interview, students on the list are notified individually by the CPC via email from email@example.com of their selection. Students are responsible for checking their email regularly.
When a student is notified that s/he has been selected to interview with an employer, the student must sign up for an available interview slot on Symplicity. Slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. CPC will NOT sign up students for interview slots.
If a student is selected for an interview and is unable to interview during any of the time slots available on the schedule, the student has the option of trying to swap slots with another student on the schedule. Since Symplicity does not permit students to see the identity of the other students on an interview schedule, students must contact a member of the CPC staff in order to identify students on the schedule. It is the responsibility of the student seeking to swap slots to contact other students to request a swap. If a swap is agreed to, the CPC staff must be contacted in order to reflect the appropriate change to the interview schedule on Symplicity.
3. Attendance and Withdrawal.
Students are required to appear at the designated interview location and be dressed appropriately in professional attire on the dates and at the times they are scheduled for interviews. If, for any reason, a student selected to interview with an employer is unable to interview with that employer, the student must complete and submit an Interview Withdrawal Form AT LEAST 48 HOURS in advance of the employer's first scheduled interview.
When a student formally withdraws from an interview, CPC will notify via email a student identified as an alternate (if the employer identified alternates). The student notified is then responsible for signing up for an available interview slot within 24 hours.
A student who violates the Attendance and Withdrawal provision of these Policies and Procedures (Paragraph E3, above) is subject to the following actions:
First Violation: The student is notified via email by CPC of his/her violation, a copy of which is placed in the student's file in CPC, and s/he is required to write a letter of apology to the employer's interviewer(s). A copy of the letter must be provided to CPC. The student is suspended from further participation in the On-Campus Interview Program (OCI) until a copy of the letter is received by CPC.
Second Violation: The student is notified in writing by CPC of his/her violation, a copy of which is placed in the student's file in CPC, and s/he is required to write a letter of apology to the employer's interviewer(s). A copy of the student's letter must be provided to CPC. In addition, the student is required to meet with the Assistant Dean for Career Planning regarding the violations. The student is suspended from further participation in the OCI portion of the Fall Recruitment Program until a copy of the letter has been received by CPC and the student has met with the Assistant Dean.
Third Violation: The student is notified in writing by CPC of his/her violation, a copy of which is placed in the student's file in CPC, and s/he is required to write a letter of apology to the employer's interviewer(s) and copy CPC. The student also is suspended from all future OCI participation and is required to meet with the Dean of the Law School.
- 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 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 & Procedures
- 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 National Association for Law Placement (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
- Transcripts: Guidelines for obtaining and uploading law school and undergraduate transcripts to Symplicity.
- 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.
- Writing Effective Letters (PDF): The Career Planning Center's detailed guide to letter writing, including cover letters.
- Writing Samples