Recruitment Programs (OCI)

2019 GW Law Recruitment Programs

GW Law’s Recruitment Programs attract national and local legal employers to interview rising 2Ls and 3Ls (JD Classes of 2021 and 2020) for summer and permanent positions. While the majority of employer participants are large law firms, other participants include government agencies, district attorneys’ offices, and private industry employers.

The application period starts in June with deadlines in July.  Interviews will take place starting at the end of July through August.  Call back interviews will extend through September and October.  We strongly encourage students to review the key dates and deadlines and make plans for summer internships and vacations accordingly.

Recruitment Programs Overview

Session 1: August 5 – 8, 2019 | Westin Georgetown Hotel
Session 2: August 12 – 30, 2019 | GW Law Career Center or Employers’ DC Offices

The On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program is conducted in two sessions. The first portion of the program (August 5-8) is the busiest time, with interviews taking place at the Westin Georgetown Hotel (2350 M Street, NW).  During the second portion of the program (August 12-30), participating employers conduct interviews either in their DC-area office or at the GW Law Career Center. Students can expect to be involved in callback interviews for the following weeks in August and throughout September.  Please keep these dates in mind when considering your summer internship options and vacation plans!

  • Application Period Opens: June 13, 2019
  • Application Deadline: July 9, 2019
  • Students Notified of Status: July 25, 2019
  • Student Interview Scheduling Opens: July 25, 2019
  • Student Interview Scheduling Closes: July 30, 2019

New York Program: Monday, July 29 | The Benjamin Hotel

GW Law hosts an exclusive Regional Recruitment Program in New York (July 29, 2019). This program is open only to GW Law students and are a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to a region. Students are responsible for their own travel/accommodations.

  • Application Period Opens: June 13, 2019
  • Application Deadline: July 8, 2019
  • Students Notified of Status & Interview Times: July 23, 2019

Atlanta: (Resume Collection Only)
Chicago: July 25, 2019
Los Angeles: (Resume Collection Only)
Miami: July 23, 2019
Philadelphia: July 23, 2019
San Francisco: July 26, 2019

GW Law is a member of The Law Consortium (“TLC”), a group of law schools that coordinates recruitment programs focused on the Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and San Francisco markets. The TLC Recruitment Programs operate through a separate Symplicity site. Learn more »

  • Application Period Opens: June 11, 2019
  • Application Deadline: July 5, 2019
  • Student Interview Scheduling Opens: July 12, 2019
  • Student Interview Scheduling Closes: July 15, 2019

Some employers cannot commit to the dates and timelines of our formal interview programs, but still want to receive applications from GW Law students. These employers may post a Job Listing in CORE.  Employers will continue to post jobs throughout the recruitment season, so be sure to check back frequently.

When the 2019 OCI Recruitment Program is fully announced, the Job Listings section in CORE will include postings for summer 2020 positions, including summer associate positions at law firms and public sector opportunities.  Although these employers may not be available to participate in the GW Law recruitment program interview dates, many are still are committed to hiring on the traditional “OCI” timeline, which means they intend to review applications, interview, and make offers for summer 2020 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.  For additional assistance, please contact the Career Center.

Students are encouraged to apply to additional employers by conducting a direct write application campaign. Submitting “direct writes” simply means that you independently research potential employers and submit application materials to them directly. This is particularly important for students interested in geographic market(s) that are not heavily represented through our formal recruitment programs.

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.

How to
Participate in the
2019 Recruitment Programs

In 10 Steps

Step 1: Understand the Programs

To get started, make sure you have a good understanding of the different programs. The Career Center has put together a number of resources to explain the program formats, dates, and deadlines.

Step 2: Research Employers

Before submitting any applications, students should research participating employers and spend time reflecting on their own geographic and practice area preferences.

Step 3: Develop Your Strategy

Counseling appointments can be conducted in-person or via phone throughout the summer. We will also be hosting a number of webinars to discuss the recruitment process and answer questions.

Step 4: Prepare Your Application Documents

Allow ample time to prepare your application documents! Cover letters should be tailored to fit each individual employer and opportunity. Transcripts must be requested from the University Registrar.

Step 5: Apply!

Submit your applications to employers through the OCI, NY & TLC programs before their respective deadlines. In addition to these programs, review the Job Listings in CORE and consider submitting direct write applications.

Step 6: Schedule Screening Interviews

Monitor your applications in CORE and TLC for interview selections. Once the scheduling period opens, schedule or decline any interview(s) you received as soon as possible. Students who are selected as an alternate candidate will be notified via email if an interview slot becomes available.

Step 7: Attend Screening Interviews

A screening interview is your first interview with an employer. They are typically 20 or 30 minutes, and take place at the program hotel.

Step 8: Call-Back Interviews

Call-back interviews are typically half day interviews which take place at the employer’s office. Sometimes these interviews include lunch, coffee, or some other type of social interaction.

Step 9: Follow-Up
& Offers

Step 10: Continue Your Job Search

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.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The GW Law School Career Center requires employers who post jobs for student employment or participate in any GW Law recruitment program to abide by the University’s Non-Discrimination Policy, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. In addition, consistent with the new NALP Principles, employers who participate in recruitment programs at GW Law school must ensure that recruiters have training to avoid bias, discrimination, and harassment in the recruiting process. GW Law provides interviewing and recruitment environments that minimize the risk of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment. Students should report any violations of our recruiting policies or any issues related to discrimination or harassment in the recruiting process, to Katherine White, Director of Employer Outreach and Recruitment in the GW Law Career Center. Additional resources may be found at the University’s Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy.

Key Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

July 5, 2019: TLC Programs

July 8, 2019: New York Regional Program

July 9, 2019: OCI Program

April 21, 2019: Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

Deadlines Vary: Job Listings in CORE

Interview Notification & Scheduling

OCI Program:
Students will be notified of interview selection status and scheduling will open on July 25, 2019.

New York Program:
Students will be notified of interview selection status on July 23, 2019. If selected for an interview, your interview time will already be assigned to you at this time.

The Law Consortium (TLC) Programs: 
Students will be notified of interview selection status and scheduling will open on July 12, 2019.

Loyola Patent Law Interview Program (Chicago):
Interview schedules will be available to students on June 21, 2019.

Interview Dates

July 23, 2019: TLC Miami Program

July 23, 2019: TLC Philadelphia Program

July 25, 2019: TLC Chicago Program

July 26, 2019: TLC San Francisco Program

Thursday, July 25 – Friday, 26, 2019: Loyola Patent Law Interview Program (Chicago)

Monday, July 29, 2019: New York Regional Program

Monday, August 5 – Thursday, August 8, 2019: OCI Interview Dates at Westin Georgetown Hotel

Monday, August 12 – Friday, August 23, 2019: OCI Interview Dates at GW Law Career Center or Employer’s Office

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I view the list of participating employers?

Go to the “OCI and Job Listings” section in CORE. Then click the “OCI” subtab. You will see all participating employers listed under this tab – including those participating in the OCI and New York Programs. Pay attention to the “OCI Round” column to determine which program each employer is attending.

To view employers participating in TLC Programs, you need to log into the TLC Symplicity site (Link TBA).

When my friend logs into CORE he sees many employers, but when I log in I do not see the same number of employers. Why?

When viewing the 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 Liza Ramirez 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 2020”.

Some employers indicate in CORE that they do not allow multiple interviews. What does this mean?

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.

Does bidding for an employer obligate me to interview?

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.

Does it make a difference if I bid earlier versus bidding later? Can employers tell when I bid?

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.

I am interested in several office locations of a registered employer for OCI. How many bids will I need to use?

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 will place one bid and rank your office preferences. If you are not interested in a location, do not rank that location. Always keep a close eye on your application count, which will display in CORE. For OCI, you have a 35 application limit. For the New York Regional Program, you have a 20 application limit. There is no limit for the Job Listings.

Do I need to write cover letters?

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.

When an employer requests that a transcript be brought to the interview, does it need to be an “official” transcript?

No, copies of your unofficial transcript are acceptable to the vast majority of employers. However, the GW Web Portal transcript is NOT acceptable. The GWeb transcript is for your personal use; it does not include your name and is not formatted properly for printing and submitting to employers.  Instead, you should bring an unofficial transcript, which you can request from the Registrar’s Office.

Do I have to list my GPA on my resume?

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.

How do I confirm that the correct documents are attached to my bids?

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.

When and how will I know if I have been selected for interviews?

You are responsible for checking CORE to see if you were selected for an interview.

OCI candidate selections will be viewable in CORE (Date TBA). Interview signups will open that same day (TBA). All preselect scheduling deadlines TBA.

New York candidate selections (and assigned interview times) will be visible in CORE (TBA). The Career Center schedules these interviews for students; if you are selected for an interview, an interview time will be assigned to you.