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Fall 2011 On-Campus Interview Program

Published in the July 5, 2011, Advisor

Each fall, about forty employers interview on our campus. Most of these employers are medium to large law firms. But participating employers also include some public service organizations and general counsel offices. Many 2Ls and some 3Ls will interview with one or more employers through the program this fall. Plan to apply for on-campus interviews if you think you might be interested in these kinds of employers or the work they do. You may be surprised by how appealing the work seems once you research the employers. Plus, applying for these opportunities will help you prepare to apply for others that arise later.

To apply, you will use Symplicity’s On-Campus Interview module for Fall On-Campus Interviews. This system, used by most of the top law schools in the country, streamlines the process for you, the employer, and us. You will apply online; the deadline for the first session of interviews is August 11. You will NOT be able to apply to the employers who come to campus earliest if you wait until a few days before the first deadline to prepare your materials.

The Process

  • You will apply online. Because the process is online, you will be able to participate regardless of your location, so long as you have access to the internet.
  • Draft your basic cover letter and resume and have them reviewed by a counselor in Career Services. See Guerrilla Tactics by Kimm Alayne Walton, JD, (available in Career Services) for guidance and inspiration. Bring or send in your materials by mid-July, if possible.
  • Identify your writing sample(s). Check the article about writing samples posted under Career Services on MyLaw.
  • Create a pdf of your transcript. You can access your transcript via DuckWEB and convert it to a pdf using software on your computer. Please note that your transcript will be inaccessible from approximately July 1 through August 2 due to summer grading. If you must access a transcript during July, send an email to Sherie Etges, the Registrar, with your student ID. Please plan ahead in order to avoid this, as it adds to her significant workload.
  • Select employers of interest to you. Log on to Symplicity and click on “OCI” to see a current list of employers that plan to interview on campus. As of now, about 29 employers have registered. Most of these plan to interview 2Ls; eight plan to interview 3Ls. We expect more employers to sign up in the weeks ahead. Research the employers (for example, check the firm’s website, the NALP Directory at http://www.nalpdirectory.com, and Martindale-Hubbell, available at http://www.martindale.com and on Lexis).
  • Tailor your cover letter (and, in some cases, your resume) to particular employers. Be careful to change the firm name not only in the address but also in the body of your letters.
  • Upload your cover letters, resumes, transcripts, and writing samples onto Symplicity. For detailed information on uploading documents, see the Career Services website: http://www.law.uoregon.edu/career/oci/policy/.
  • Submit your application to employers electronically by “applying” on Symplicity.
  • Designate two “priority” employers. See below.
  • If selected, schedule an interview through Symplicity. If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified by email. You will then sign up for an available interview time online through Symplicity.

The Deadlines

Each interview week is its own session and has its own deadline. If you miss a deadline, you miss the opportunity to interview with those employers on campus. And employers that come to campus are not likely to interview UO Law students outside of the on- campus process. The deadlines are as follows:

Week One: 8/29 – 9/2 Apply from 9 a.m., August 1, until 4 p.m., August 11
Week Two: 9/6 – 9/9 Apply from 9 a.m., August 1, until 4 p.m., August 18
Week Three: 9/12 – 9/16 Apply from 9 a.m., August 1, until 4 p.m., August 25
Week Four: 9/19 – 9/23 Apply from 9 a.m., August 1, until 4 p.m., September 1
Week Five: 9/26 – 9/29 Apply from 9 a.m., August 1, until 4 p.m., September 8
Week Six: 10/3 – 10/7 Apply from 9 a.m., August 1, until 4 p.m., September 15
Week Seven: 10/10 – 10/14 Apply from 9 a.m., August 1, until 4 p.m., September 22
Week Eight: 10/17 – 10/21 Apply from 9 a.m., August 1, until 4 p.m., September 29
Week Nine: 10/24 – 10/31 Apply from 9 a.m., August 1, until 4 p.m., October 6

The Priority System

Select the TWO employers with which you would most like to interview during on-campus interviews this fall. Complete one copy of this form for each employer and submit it to the Career Services office by the application deadline.

The employer will decide how many students it will interview and will fill 80% of its interview schedule.

Career Services will fill the remaining 20% of the employer’s interview schedule by randomly selecting from among the students who (1) designated the employer as one of their two priorities and (2) meet the employer’s hiring criteria or offer a persuasive reason why the employer should consider them. Thus, each employer decides, based on cover letters, resumes, transcripts, and writing samples, which applicants to interview. Through the priority system, deserving and motivated students who might otherwise be overlooked by an employer also get an opportunity to interview.

Download the priority form from the Career Services web page at http://www.law.uoregon.edu/career/oci/ or pick up copies in the Career Services office. Submit paper copies of the form to the Career Services office when you submit your application electronically. Mail, fax (541-346-3584), or scan and email the forms to Career Services if you are out of town.

The Employers

The following employers have registered for OCI as of June 28:

Employer; City (sorted by deadline) Interview Date
Foster Pepper PLLC (Seattle, WA); www.foster.com 8/29
Watkinson Laird Rubenstein Baldwin & Burgess, P.C. (Eugene, OR); www.wlrlaw.com 8/29
K&L Gates (Portland, OR); www.klgates.com 8/30
K&L Gates (Seattle, WA); www.klgates.com 8/30
Tonkon Torp LLP (Portland, OR); www.tonkon.com 8/31
Ater Wynne LLP (Portland, OR); http://www.aterwynne.com 9/1
Perkins Coie LLP (Portland, OR); http://www.perkinscoie.com/ 9/2
Witherspoon Kelley Davenport & Toole, P.S. (Spokane, WA); www.wkdtlaw.com 9/6
U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp* (Rosslyn, VA); www.jagcnet.army.mil/8525769A00495E0D 9/6
Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (Boise, ID); http://adaweb.net 9/7
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (Portland, OR); www.dwt.com 9/7
Stoel Rives LLP (Portland, OR): www.stoel.com 9/7
Downey Brand LLP (Sacramento, CA); www.downeybrand.com 9/8
Klarquist Sparkman, LLP (Portland, OR); www.klarquist.com 9/9
Miller Nash LLP (Portland, OR); www.millernash.com 9/9
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt (Portland, OR); www.schwabe.com 9/9
U.S. Department of Transportation (Washington, DC); www.dot.gov 9/9
Arnold Gallagher Percell Roberts & Potter, PC (Eugene, OR); www.arnoldgallagher.com 9/12
Hershner Hunter LLP (Eugene, OR); www.hershnerhunter.com 9/15
Thorp Purdy Jewett Urness & Wilkinson, P.C. (Springfield, OR); 9/16
Riddell Williams P.S. (Seattle, WA); www.riddellwilliams.com 9/19
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (Anchorage, AK); www.dwt.com 9/23
C&K Market, Inc. (Brookings, OR); www.ckmarket.com 9/28
Porter Scott (Sacramento, California); www.porterscott.com 10/6
Boise City Attorney’s Office (Boise, Idaho). www.cityofboise.org 10/7
Velikanje Halverson P.C. (Yakima, WA); www.vhlegal.com 10/19
Gleaves Swearingen Potter & Scott LLP (Eugene, Oregon); www.gleaveslaw.com 10/24
U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps* (McChord AFB, WA); www.jagusaf.hq.af.mil/ 10/24
Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP (Portland, OR); www.cvklaw.com 10/28

*See the Non-Discrimination Policy at http://www.law.uoregon.edu/career/empinterviewprograms/

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