What WE Looks Best at OCI?

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Morpheus
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What WE Looks Best at OCI?

Postby Morpheus » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:44 pm

Simply put, what kind of work experience will serve you best at OCI? Assuming you are someone who takes at least 1 gap year.

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Re: What WE Looks Best at OCI?

Postby cavalier1138 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:56 pm

The type of work experience that you're actually passionate about/interested in.

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Re: What WE Looks Best at OCI?

Postby mcmand » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:59 pm

The only non law work experience I've seen have pull at OCI was finance/investment banking. My classmates who had that from before law school landed SA gigs doing corporate work at big firms. Other than that, doesn't matter. Do a job you like.
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Re: What WE Looks Best at OCI?

Postby blair.waldorf » Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:05 pm

Morpheus wrote:Simply put, what kind of work experience will serve you best at OCI? Assuming you are someone who takes at least 1 gap year.


1L applying to SAs so not OCI but, I worked on political campaigns and the type of work (long hours, tight deadlines, research and analytical skills), gives me something to talk about. I am always asked about it so it gives me a chance to play up my strengths.

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Re: What WE Looks Best at OCI?

Postby totesTheGoat » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:03 pm

Something related to the job you're interviewing for. Most applicants with WE have retail or secretarial work on their resume. Anything more that that will stick out to varying degrees.

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Re: What WE Looks Best at OCI?

Postby cavalier1138 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:08 pm

totesTheGoat wrote:Something related to the job you're interviewing for. Most applicants with WE have retail or secretarial work on their resume. Anything more that that will stick out to varying degrees.


Literally anything is related to the law if you know how to talk about your experiences correctly. And I guarantee that the interviewee who spent three years working as a clown in a refugee camp is going to be more interesting than the interviewee who spent three years as an office manager.

Do. Something. You. Want. To. Do.

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Re: What WE Looks Best at OCI?

Postby pancakes3 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:20 pm

i has STEM experience and had to field a bunch of "why law" questions

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Re: What WE Looks Best at OCI?

Postby totesTheGoat » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:48 pm

cavalier1138 wrote:Literally anything is related to the law if you know how to talk about your experiences correctly.


I agree, but I think you have to be smart about it. It's really transparent when you try to tell the interviewer how well your stint at Starbucks prepared you for being a lawyer. It's okay to spin your work experience as developing more foundational skills like working with a group to meet a deadline, taking responsibility for your work product, developing career skills, etc. It's also okay to tell interviewers that you're shifting gears and trying to start a new career path.

pancakes3 wrote:i has STEM experience and had to field a bunch of "why law" questions


Yup, same here (mainly from the interviewers who had zero exposure to IP). Some people see law school as a jobs program for underemployed humanities majors, and can't fathom why anybody else would bother becoming a lawyer. :lol:

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Re: What WE Looks Best at OCI?

Postby mcmand » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:09 pm

totesTheGoat wrote:Yup, same here (mainly from the interviewers who had zero exposure to IP). Some people see law school as a jobs program for underemployed humanities majors, and can't fathom why anybody else would bother becoming a lawyer.


I mean, are they really that off-base?
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Re: What WE Looks Best at OCI?

Postby nealric » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:45 pm

Morpheus wrote:Simply put, what kind of work experience will serve you best at OCI? Assuming you are someone who takes at least 1 gap year.


In roughly descending order:


1) Being famous for prior work (Famous startup founder, movie star, best selling author, sports star, etc.)
2) Position of prominence at a major client with significant connections
3) Position of prominence at potential client with relevant experience (i.e.: iBanking, PE, Oil & Gas)
4) Good professional entry level job (large consulting firm, engineer, big4, ibanking analyst, etc.)
5) Random post BA college-required job or legal assistant gig, charity work (elite NGO may have more juice depending on role)
6) Traveling abroad with some decent stories to tell
7) Burger flipper
8 ) Living in parents' basement doing nothing without extenuating circumstances

It's not a big deal if you don't have great work experience- they mostly care about school/grades. It's a lot like soft factors for law school application. It mostly matters for outlier applicants.




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