Fall Recruitment Program - Policies & Procedures
All students, including transfer and visiting students, who anticipate graduating December 2016, or May, August or December 2017 or 2018 ARE ELIGIBLE to participate in the 2016 Fall Recruitment Program.
Part-time students who anticipate graduating December 2016 and those with anticipated graduation dates in 2017 or 2018 and who will have completed Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research 1 and 2 by the beginning of 2016 fall semester ARE ELIGIBLE to participate in the 2016 Fall Recruitment Program.
Students with questions concerning eligibility should contact the Career Planning Center (CPC).
To participate in the Fall Recruitment Program, students are required to complete and submit electronically the below forms to the CPC by 11 PM on Sunday, August 28, 2016. 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 résumés submitted for the Fall Recruitment Program must conform to legal résumé standards set forth in the Legal Résumé Guide, including standards regarding inaccurate, false and misleading information. The CPC reserves the right to remove from consideration résumés that do not conform to these standards. In addition, if a student deliberately provides inaccurate, false or misleading information on a résumé, 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 2016 OCI are as follows:
- Fall '16 Session 1: August 24 through September 9
- Fall '16 Session 2: September 12 through September 23
- Fall '16 Session 3: September 26 through October 14
Bidding OPENS for all sessions on Friday, July 15, 2016. 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.
Selection: Pre-Screening and Random Selection.
At the close of bidding, employers can access on Symplicity all appropriate student application materials. Each employer reviews, or "pre-screens," the applications and selects students to fill all available interview slots on the employer's schedule. Employers also have the option of select students to be "alternates" to replace a student who might withdraw from an interview. All interview selections are made by the employers unless an employer request that the CPC select students for interviews, which is extremely unusual. If an employer makes such a request, the CPC randomly selects students using a random number generator.
Interview Schedules and Sign Up.
Students selected for interviews are notified individually by the CPC via email from firstname.lastname@example.org. Students selected as alternates and students not selected to interview also are sent email notifications from the CPC. AddStudents are responsible for checking their email regularly. In addition, student selection status is reflected in Symplicity under the OCI tab.
Students selected to interview with an employer student must sign up for an available interview slot on Symplicity. Slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The CPC will NOT sign up for an interview slot on behalf of a student.
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 identities of the other students on an interview schedule, a student seeking to swap interview slots with another student must contact the CPC. The CPC will identify the other students on the schedule; however, it is the responsibility of the student seeking to swap slots to contact other students. If another student agrees to swap interview slots, one or both of the students must notify the CPC immediately so that the CPC can reflect the change to the interview schedule in Symplicity and communicate the change to the employer. Students should NOT contact employers regarding any issues related to on-campus interview schedules.
Attendance and Withdrawal.
Students are required to appear at the designated interview location and be dressed appropriately in professional attire (see pp. 9-10 of the Interviewing Guide) on the dates and at the times they are scheduled for interviews (at least 10 minutes in advance is recommended). 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 electronically an Interview Withdrawal Form AT LEAST 48 HOURS in advance of the employer's first scheduled interview. The CPC will notify the employer regarding interview withdrawal. A student should NOT contact the employer if they withdrawal from an 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, as soon as possible, either signing up for an available interview slot or informing the CPC that they wish to decline the interview invitation.
A student who violates the Attendance and Withdrawal provision of these Policies and Procedures (subparagraph 3, above) is subject to the following actions:
First Violation: The student is notified via email by the CPC of his/her violation and s/he is required to write a letter or email message of apology to the employer's interviewer(s), a copy of which must be provided to the CPC. The student is suspended from further participation in the On-Campus Interview Program (OCI) until a copy of the letter/email is received by the CPC.
Second Violation: The student is notified in writing by the CPC of his/her violation and s/he is required to write a letter or email message of apology to the employer's interviewer(s), a copy of which must be provided to the 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 on-campus interview portion of the Fall Recruitment Program until a copy of the letter/email is received by the CPC and the student has met with the Assistant Dean.
Third Violation: The student is notified in writing by CPC of his/her violation and s/he is required to write a letter or email message of apology to the employer's interviewer(s), a copy of which must be provided to the CPC. The student also is suspended from all current and future participation in on-campus interview programs 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: The National Association for Law Placement's (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 & 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 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