do you need a writing sample for OCI?

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umichman
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do you need a writing sample for OCI?

Postby umichman » Sat May 16, 2015 2:19 pm

Or not

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transferror
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Re: do you need a writing sample for OCI?

Postby transferror » Sat May 16, 2015 2:25 pm

This question is better suited for your CSO, but some firms don't ask for one, some firms want one with the initial app, some only at CB.

You should have one.

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Yukos
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Re: do you need a writing sample for OCI?

Postby Yukos » Sat May 16, 2015 2:54 pm

You need to have one. I just used my LRW brief and it was fine.

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Re: do you need a writing sample for OCI?

Postby cookiejar1 » Sat May 16, 2015 3:07 pm

I used my unedited median/below median brief that literally had a typo in the first paragraph explaining the prompt. Didn't get dinged post-cb by any firm that required a writing sample—so I don't think anyone seriously reads them. But that's just me. Don't leave egregious errors in your writing sample but also don't worry about perfecting it.

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Re: do you need a writing sample for OCI?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat May 16, 2015 3:32 pm

I would just make sure there's no obvious errors like forgetting the year when you cite a case. A firm actually called a friend of mine and told him he had to fix a Bluebooking mistake before they would give him a CB, which was embarrassing if nothing else. But yeah, I doubt they're really reading for substance.

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Re: do you need a writing sample for OCI?

Postby bearsfan23 » Sat May 16, 2015 3:45 pm

You need one, because there are many firms that require them as part of the interview/CB process.

From my experience at least, I highly doubt they even get read (maybe with a few exceptions). I had a really dumb typo that I later noticed and it didn't seem to affect how I did.

So my advice - just make sure its something presentable, I wouldn't waste a ton of time trying to make it perfect though

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Re: do you need a writing sample for OCI?

Postby Avian » Sat May 16, 2015 5:18 pm

I was told by one biglaw managing partner that they carefully comb through the writing samples. This was just one firm and it is probably not the norm, but don't think that all firms give them a cursory glance. I would definitely go back and at least check for obvious stuff if you're using a legal writing assignment.

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Re: do you need a writing sample for OCI?

Postby filibuster » Sun May 17, 2015 9:26 am

at a callback with a lit boutique, two of the associates spent 30 minutes asking me about the substance of my writing sample. If you do turn it in, I would be prepared to discuss it (although most firms who asked for it did not ask me about it).

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Re: do you need a writing sample for OCI?

Postby ymmv » Sun May 17, 2015 9:57 am

Anonymous User wrote: A firm actually called a friend of mine and told him he had to fix a Bluebooking mistake before they would give him a CB, which was embarrassing if nothing else.


I don't for a second believe this story is true, but if it is, fucking lol.




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