GW Law Students in the classes of 2019 and 2018 primarily interested in large law firms and government agencies.
“On campus” recruiting by law firms, government agencies, and other public sector employers.
Nationwide. Primarily DC, New York, and Philadelphia. Additional programs in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and San Francisco. See the map for details on each of the city programs.
2017 GW Law Recruitment Programs. Here's what you need to know.
Step 1: Research Employers
- Research employers
- Develop your geographic preferences
- Develop your practice area preferences
Step 3: Prepare your application documents
- Update your resume.
- Draft cover letters.
- Request your transcript from the registrar.
- Prepare your writing samples.
Step 4: Apply!
- Place your bids for TLC, NY, Philadelphia & DC programs
- Review Job Listings in CORE for Summer 2018 opportunities
- Submit applications via direct writes
Direct writes are typically applications to employers who are not participating in GW Law’s recruitment programs. Direct writes should be targeted to employers (typically large law firms) who still plan to interview and hire before the end of the Fall semester. Because a direct write campaign can be time consuming it’s important to target geographic markets and employers strategically. The ideal timing for direct write applications is from July through September. Make an appointment with a counselor to develop your direct write strategy.
Employers who do not participate in the formal recruitment programs will post job listings in CORE for summer 2018 positions, including summer associate positions at law firms and public sector opportunities. These employers may not be available to participate in the GW Law recruitment program interview dates, but many employers are still are committed to hiring on the traditional “OCI” timeline, which means they intend to review applications, interview, and make offers for summer 2018 during the fall semester. To view an apply to these employers, click on the “Job Listings” tab in CORE and search for “Summer” or “Post-Graduation,” and “Paid” positions using the filters available at the top of the job listings page in CORE. For additional assistance, please contact the Career Center.
Step 5: Monitor your applications & schedule screening interviews
- Monitor your applications in CORE and TLC for interview selections.
- NY & Philly interviews will be displayed in CORE starting July 25.
- GW OCI interviews will begin displaying in CORE starting July 27. See the student manual for scheduling instructions.
- Schedule your interviews.
- Schedule or decline any interviews for which you were selected as an alternate.
- Students who are selected as an alternate candidate will be notified via email if an interview slot becomes available.
Step 6: Screening interviews
- Screening interviews are 20-30 minute initial interviews with employers which take place at the interview location hotels.
Step 8: Follow-up & Offers
- It may take employers a few days or several weeks to contact candidates about offers after the call back interview.
- Students should follow up and reiterate their interest in employers 2-3 weeks after their call back interview.
- Be mindful of NALP Guidelines for reaffirming and responding to offers.
- Make an appointment with one of our counselors to evaluate offers and strategize next steps.
STEP 9: Continue your job search throughout the academic year. Approximately 80% of students who participate in the recruitment programs will need to continue their job search throughout the academic year. There are many opportunities outside of the recruitment programs at small/medium firms, government, and public interest organizations.
July 10, 2017 at 5pm Application deadline for NY & Philadelphia Regional Programs
July 11, 2017 at 5pm Application deadline for OCI Program
Ongoing: OCI Job Listings
Schedule Screening Interviews
Beginning July 27, 2017 at 7PM Eastern Time, Students who are invited to interview should log into CORE to schedule their interviews. The time slots for the OCI screening interviews are first-com, First-served. After August 1, 2017 at 12PM Eastern Time, any unscheduled time slots will be made available to alternates.
July 25, 2017 TLC Miami Recruitment Program
July 28, 2017 TLC Chicago Recruitment Program
July 31, 2017 GW Law New York Regional Recruitment Program
August 1, 2017 GW Law Philadelphia Regional Recruitment Program
August 3 – 4, 2017 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program (Chicago)
August 7 – 25, 2017 OCI Interview Dates at Westin Georgetown Hotel
Online Office Hours (via GChat with email@example.com)
Monday, June 19 | 12:00 – 5:00 pm EDT
Wednesday, June 28 | 8:00 – 11:30 am EDT
Click on the terms and acronyms below for definitions and more information.
“On Campus Interviews;” specifically, the interview programs in Washington, DC. This year August OCI interviews will be at the Westin Hotel or GW Law School.
“The Law Consortium” – A group of law schools who work together to bring interview programs to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami. Bidding for these programs requires a separate log-in to the TLC Symplicity site.
Bids are just another term for applications to employers in the recruitment programs. Bids are capped for some of the programs and usually, only a resume is required.
An application, including a resume and cover letter, sent directly to an employer by email. Direct writes are typically applications to employers who are not participating in GW Law’s recruitment programs. Direct writes should be targeted to employers who still plan to interview and hire before the end of the Fall semester. Make an appointment with a counselor to develop your direct write strategy.
First-round interviews, usually lasting 20-30 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Recruitment Programs are organized into Rounds under the “OCI and Job Listings” tab in CORE. OCI, New York, and Philadelphia Programs are each a separate session. To view employers participating in each of these programs, click the “OCI and Job Listings Tab” tab and then the “OCI” subtab. Then choose one of these sessions from the “OCI Round” filter. Remember to run this search and review the employer lists for each of these separate rounds.
Please note, you will have to log into a separate Symplicity site for the TLC programs (Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco).
When viewing the Recruitment Program employer lists in CORE, students will only see employers who are recruiting their own class year. This is why it is very important that your CORE profile accurately states your class year. Please be sure to double check this and contact Mikaela Callahan right away if your class year is listed incorrectly. To check your class your, click the “Profile” tab in your CORE account. Your class year will be listed under your name, for example “JD Full-Time – Spring 2019”.
This depends on how each office has registered. If each office registered individually, you will see that each office has its own listing and you will have to submit a separate bid for each office. If the firm registered one time for multiple offices, then you may be able to place one bid and simply list or rank your office preferences. If you are not interested in a location, do not rank that location. Always keep a close eye on your bid count, which will display in CORE. For OCI, you have a 35 bid limit. For the New York Regional Program, you have a 20 bid limit. There is no bid limit for the Philadelphia Regional Program or Resume Collections.
Many employers administer a centralized recruiting process, meaning an employer with multiple office locations will conduct interviews on behalf of all office locations. These employers may choose to interview a student only one time, and prohibit students from sitting for interviews with multiple offices. Some of these employers may have multiple office listings in CORE, which may indicate that they do not allow multiple interviews. You will be able to bid on as many of the offices as you would like (unless otherwise noted), but the firm may not allow you to sit for an interview with more than one office. This restriction may apply even if you are preselected by more than one office. This restriction may also apply across recruitment programs – for example, if you interview with a firm in New York, the firm may ask you not to interview with their DC office at OCI. If you bid on and are selected by multiple offices, you should be strategic in your choices. If you have questions about this, please contact the Career Center and ask to speak with a counselor. We are happy to help you navigate this process.
The Career Center strongly encourages students to accept all interviews for which they are preselected. However, we realize that there are circumstances in which a student must decline an interview; for example, if you have already accepted a job offer or in the event of an emergency. If a preselected student is unable to accept an interview, they should decline the interview in CORE. This will allow their slot to be offered to an alternate candidate.
Additionally, students are limited to 20 interviews in the OCI Program and 15 interviews in the New York program. If you are selected for a number of interviews in excess of these interview caps, you will have to limit the number of interviews you schedule to the respective interview cap.
No, it does not make a difference if you bid earlier or later during the bidding period and employers cannot see what date you submitted your bids. However, there are no exceptions to the bidding deadline so you should not wait until the last minute to place your bids.
Some employers require cover letters and you will see this requirement when you view the employer’s OCI job listing. For other employers, you may choose to submit a cover letter. Your cover letters should always be tailored to the specific employer. Do not use a generic cover letter, though it is acceptable to use a standard cover letter for a certain type of firm or practice area and then add a sentence or two tailoring the letter to the specific employer. Remember, your cover letter operates as your initial writing sample, so take care when drafting your letter. Guidance and sample cover letters are provided on the Career Center’s Portal page (do not simply copy these samples when drafting your letter). The Career Center’s counselors are happy to review your cover letter this summer and to provide comments and suggestions.
No, copies of your unofficial transcript are acceptable to the vast majority of employers. However, the GW Web Portal transcript is NOT acceptable. Your GPA is not reflected to the third decimal points as is required by the Grade Representation Policy. The GWeb online version also does not include your name or any identifying information when printed. You should bring an unofficial transcript, which you can request from the Registrar’s Office. Should an employer require an official transcript, the employer will specifically state this requirement.
You are not required to list your GPA on your resume, but we strongly suggest that you do, particularly for the recruitment programs. Failing to list your GPA on your resume may prevent you from being considered for an interview by an employer. You may either list your numerical GPA (to the third decimal) or indicate, for example, “maintaining a B average.” Please speak with a counselor to determine the best strategy for your application.
It is critical to check every one of your bids after you attach your documents. Attaching the wrong document may disqualify you from consideration by an employer. Keep in mind that your documents can remain attached to your bids, even if you delete them from the Application Materials tab. For example, consider the following scenario: John Smith may upload his resume to CORE in June and title it “John Smith Resume.” Then, in July, John may learn that he was admitted to a journal. John decides to update his resume so he deletes the document titled “John Smith Resume” from CORE and then uploads the new version of his resume. He should give this new document a different title (for example “John Smith Resume – Updated 7-1-17). He should then manually update every bid he has already placed to attach the new version of his document, making sure the correct document is attached to each bid.
You are responsible for checking CORE to see if you were selected for an interview.
OCI candidate selections will be viewable in CORE on July 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm EDT. Interview signups will open at 7:00 pm that same day. All preselect scheduling must be complete by August 1 at 12:00 pm EDT. Please note, this date and time are subject to change and you will be notified immediately regarding any changes.
New York and Philadelphia candidate selections (and assigned interview times) will be visible in CORE on July 25. The Career Center schedules these interviews for students; if you are selected for an interview, an interview time will be assigned to you.