dixiecupdrinking wrote:Yup. Same for NYU's. Sounds like Michigan basically just got complacent and didn't adjust to the new realities of ITE quickly enough. And the anon poster's right, it's inexcusable.
This is the kind of school-specific info that it would be great to have as a 0L.
I think it very much was the bolded. Generally speaking, I've had solid interactions with our OCS. I know some people that love certain members of the office for the advice they've given them and will recommend these people to anyone. And I know some people that consistently express their disappointment with the office. To what degree this perception is caused by the individual's current job-search status is unclear, but I've noticed that at least some degree of correlation seems to exists, even if it's not determinative.
Apart from those general impressions from members of the c/o 2012 (and my generally positive opinion of them), Michigan's OCS has definitely dropped the ball in some areas. I believe that they legitimately want to help their students (and do for a large number of them), but they really need to recognize these areas and correct them soon:
1.) Not telling students how many rooms each OCS employer has requested is probably not the best decision. They've attributed this to the fact that they're working to get employers to reserve more rooms (which I'm sure is true), but that's no reason to not provide the present information to give students a rough estimate. Another argument may be that students will try to game the system based on the number of interviews rather than selecting the firms they actually want to work at. While this may be true, students (and not OCS) should be the ones deciding whether increasing their chance at landing any job is preferable to landing a job at a specific firm.
2.) The school does not release the firms you have been scheduled with until just a few days prior to EIW. Again, they attribute this to their attempts to secure more interviews. Once again, it means students who are in their target markets for their summer cannot contact the particular law firm(s) they're interested in and request interviews once they find out they haven't been selected. I cannot fathom an explanation for why the harms of releasing the information earlier outweighs the benefits, and this drew significant complaints this year. As far as I'm aware, Michigan's OCS still hasn't fixed this. In my mind, this is by far the most damaging of OCS's policies.
3.) OCS does not provide any information on the number of screeners to callbacks to offers for particular firms. This information may be of questionable value for any given student, but I would still want to know if only 10% of my school's students are receiving callbacks at a particular firm, rather than 40%.
4.) As has often been mentioned on these boards, OCS provides data over a several-year span rather than by year. The purpose of the data, according to OCS, is to ensure that students have an idea of the relative selectivity of the firms, rather than viewing the information as if there's a certain cutoff that they need to reach for a firm. I think they might have a point here, as gauging the selectivity of a firm relative to its peers is valuable information and using c/o 2011's data, for example, will mean rather little for students from c/o 2014 doing EIW this fall. Even still, I personally would much rather have c/o 2011's data and know what an extremely conservative bidding strategy would look like, as compared to knowing how much easier some V10s were to land in 2006. In an attempt to protect students from misusing the information, OCS has failed to provide a resource that could be particularly valuable for those students who put significant time into their bidding strategies.
These four items are the big areas of concern that I have, and I wish our OCS would pay some attention to them. Even with those deficiencies, I've been satisfied with my experience with OCS. Of course, that's also information coming from somebody who was fortunate enough to end up at his first choice firm, so I might be slightly more happy with my outcomes than others within my class. It is still rough out there for students, and Michigan's OCS needs to be actively revising their policies to assist their students. I think one look at this thread should be motivation enough for OCS to see that they will very quickly begin losing admits to other peer schools if they believe they can be complacent.