What do you do if you got no offers in OCI?

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What do you do if you got no offers in OCI?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:24 am

do you just go about applying to firms by knocking on the door? (mass mail, networking)

and what exactly is nalp?

i somehow missed all this during law school. was working a job too and i feel like not being on campus for anything other than classes has hurt me in some ways.

grades??

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Re: What do you do if you got no offers in OCI?

Postby grades?? » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:38 am

1- that is why people say not to work during 1l.

2- why haven't you mass mailed all summer?

3- what are your grades, school, and market(s) you are applying to?

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Re: What do you do if you got no offers in OCI?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:48 am

Anonymous User wrote:do you just go about applying to firms by knocking on the door? (mass mail, networking)

and what exactly is nalp?

i somehow missed all this during law school. was working a job too and i feel like not being on campus for anything other than classes has hurt me in some ways.


I struck out at OCI. You just have to grind it out and mass mail and network. I go to a strong regional and have a very specific focus (patent, but with a non EE background), ended up with 2 callbacks out of 3 screeners but got rejections from both because I don't have the background they were looking for. I spent all of the fall mass mailing and networking with anyone I could find, no dice on mass mailing but networking was helpful. I'd recommend starting out with the "Hi I'm whoever, interested in X practice area, and wondered if you would have a few minutes to discuss your practice." Attorneys love helping students like this, I don't know if it feeds their ego or what. But if you make a good impression and stay in touch, these people will usually go up to bat for you later.

Apply to EVERYTHING you might be remotely interested in. Just because you don't hear back from mass mailing doesn't mean it's a no - they may just not be looking yet. I split this summer between a posting from simplicity and a firm I literally emailed five times between 1L spring and February. They weren't looking for 1L's last year, and they didn't start thinking about this summer until January, so they never bothered responding until they were ready to interview people. So unless you get a firm "thanks for your interest, but no" I wouldn't cross anyone off the list. I also worked the whole school year at a small firm to get some experience. That was huge - if you can't get the big firm on your resume, get as much experience as you possibly can any way else.

I also wasn't on campus except for classes 1L, so I definitely understand what you're going through. Keep working hard, you'll be fine.

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