Every year, law school graduates apply, interview and often receive multiple, simultaneous offers at law firms. This process operates on a set timeline thanks to school-sponsored on-campus interview (OCI) programs. Yet, every year, the majority of law school graduates are still in an active job search once OCI ends. There may be some comfort in the predictability of OCI, but for those who end up without an offer, the program does very little to prepare new lawyers for a typical job search process.
Beyond the structure of law school recruitment programs, the calendar is much more flexible for lawyers on the job hunt. For those who seek a job in private practice, most small and medium law firm offers are received after graduation. Most other employers follow a just-in-time recruitment strategy and hire as needed.
There are options outside of OCI, and now is the time to start preparing. Invest the time to hone certain techniques and best practices that will serve you well as you build a long-term career after graduation.