OCI - Should I actually interview?

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OCI - Should I actually interview?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:37 am

So, a bunch of local and long-distance firms are listed for OCI bidding but I'm interested in a public interest career. There aren't any public interest orgs on the OCI list.

Is it actually worth applying for a job through OCI if I already know what direction I want to take and none of these firms will get me in the door? Is the only benefit of OCI over an unpaid internship somewhere else that I get a paycheck?

I hope this hasn't been asked a million times. I feel like generally people know to apply to OCI and do it, but I'm having a hard time finding the plus side of doing so (other than a paycheck and firm experience that I am really not interested in).


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Re: OCI - Should I actually interview?

Postby SMU2013 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:39 am

I say go ahead and do OCI, for two reasons. First, at the very least, it will be good interview experience. Second, it never hurts to have options.

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Re: OCI - Should I actually interview?

Postby kalvano » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:49 am

What's the worst that can happen, you end up having a $160K a year job that you like?

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Re: OCI - Should I actually interview?

Postby rayiner » Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:39 am

There are very very few entry-level PI jobs these days, and the competition for them is fierce. PI organizations and the government just don't have the resources right now to train new lawyers.

So yes, do OCI so at least you have the option of being employed at graduation. I just graduated from a T14 and I can't quite impress upon you how many PI people are unemployed despite good grades and great personalities, all of whom would've had a credible shot at moving into PI or government after being trained at a big firm for a couple of years.

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