More on the on-campus interviewing experience, from students going through it!
Rising 2L Sara Feinstein:
"As members of the University of Chicago Law Class of 2008, we were told repeatedly that the odds are in our favor with 290 firms, give or take, and over 500 offices represented, things look pretty good. That tidbit of information theoretically should have removed most of the anxiety from the process. However, being the Type A law student, anxiety is still quite prevalent, though generated solely from the inherent uncertainty of the process. Most students seem to stick to the advice given by Dean Levmore, who strongly encouraged us to keep all firm news to ourselves. This has produced a more friendly and collegial atmosphere than I had anticipated. Walking down the main hallway, where students are camped out with laptops, NALP books, and coffee, it is likely to overhear students exchanging helpful interview tips ('he's an IP litigator, make sure to ask about his last case' or 'this one firm grilled me for 15 minutes about the brief we wrote for our writing seminar last April, you might want to review some copyright law'), demonstrating a true esprit de corps. Compliments on suits and shoe/tie choices abound. In a class of our size, such friendliness and support has come to be the norm. And ultimately, regardless of firm alliance, none of us will ever need to buy another pen, mint, or keychain flash drive."
2L transfer student Meghan Dawson:
"Coming into OCI as a transfer I thought it would be like having a scarlet letter on my suit - 'second-hand goods'. Nothing could have been further from the truth and by the end I realized that transfers actually had an advantage! During my interviews being a transfer was a good story to tell the interviewer and actually made things flow well. All you have to do is give them a good reason for why you wanted to transfer - but inevitably you give them personal insights and I think they like to hear that. No one asked questions that were rude and I actually went thru my entire OCI (@ 22 interviews) without my interviewers taking a single cell phone call. Out of those 22 interviews I received a good number of callbacks -- more than enough to find a place that I will enjoy working. You get more callback offers than you know what to do with, especially if you're personable in the interviews and can really show the firm that they have what you want - whatever it is. Bottom line - OCI at U Chicago is great because it's more flattering that nerve wracking. Everyone will get a job so most people are relaxed. And, as transfers, its a great time to meet all the other 2L students. All those little 5 minute talks in the hallway really introduced me to many of my soon to be class mates."