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Law Students => Transferring => Topic started by: santropez on August 13, 2008, 08:08:25 PM

Title: GW OCI Results
Post by: santropez on August 13, 2008, 08:08:25 PM
So how did everyone do?  I fared pretty decently (I think) with 8 interviews.  Anyone else want to share? 
Title: Re: GW OCI Results
Post by: santropez on August 13, 2008, 08:30:37 PM
8/35 bids... got some pretty top-notch firms though (Covington, Littler, Paul Hastings, etc.)
Title: Re: GW OCI Results
Post by: santropez on August 13, 2008, 09:25:26 PM
Yep, only DC firms.
Title: Re: GW OCI Results
Post by: justuskuhn on August 13, 2008, 10:01:12 PM
I'm transferring from GW to Georgetown, but I submitted OCI bids anyway to see what I could get.  Kind of half-assed it, only submitted 18 bids, but got 11 interviews, so I think that's a pretty good return rate.  I guess those slots will go to other people though now since I can't take them. 
Title: Re: GW OCI Results
Post by: sheriff on August 14, 2008, 01:34:27 AM
7/34 bids.
T3, top 12-13%
Title: Re: GW OCI Results
Post by: Brenda22 on August 15, 2008, 09:39:02 AM
13/35
Title: Re: GW OCI Results
Post by: yayas on August 15, 2008, 03:46:45 PM
did u guys all write cover letters? i did not and faired pretty terribly.  i only received 4 interviews and was under the impression that i would receive quite a few more
Title: Re: GW OCI Results
Post by: justuskuhn on August 15, 2008, 03:48:28 PM
No, it's a preselect system.  So it helps you a lot if you are at the top of the class, and hurts you if you are not.

I wrote cover letters to every employer that I sent a resume.  I'm pretty sure that's expected because it's a chance to show genuine interest in the firm or highlight areas of your education or background that match up well with their practice areas. 
Title: Re: GW OCI Results
Post by: sheriff on August 16, 2008, 06:05:20 AM
i wrote cover letters too... and I agree with you!
Title: Re: GW OCI Results
Post by: justuskuhn on August 16, 2008, 10:42:03 AM
At the risk of sounding harsh, not writing a cover letter for a firm I think conveys that you didn't care enough to research their firm or take 15 minutes to write a simple letter.  I think it would seem like you just blindly sent your resume out to any and all firms, as opposed to being actually interested in that particular firm.  Unless you are at the very top of the class, I think you do yourself a big disservice by not writing cover letters.  These employers sift thru thousands of resumes - you need to give them a reason to take note of you that is more than just a GPA number, and a cover letter is pretty much your only opportunity to do that.   
Title: Re: GW OCI Results
Post by: yayas on August 16, 2008, 06:19:40 PM
At the risk of sounding harsh, not writing a cover letter for a firm I think conveys that you didn't care enough to research their firm or take 15 minutes to write a simple letter.  I think it would seem like you just blindly sent your resume out to any and all firms, as opposed to being actually interested in that particular firm.  Unless you are at the very top of the class, I think you do yourself a big disservice by not writing cover letters.  These employers sift thru thousands of resumes - you need to give them a reason to take note of you that is more than just a GPA number, and a cover letter is pretty much your only opportunity to do that.   

I totally agree and am kicking myself for not writing the letters now.  I read the "cover letters optional" as actually optional, as opposed to strongly encouraged because my previous school did not use cover letters for OCI and I was used to that system where it was more of a numbers game.  Either way, it was stupid of me not to take the time to write cover letters for each of my bids and I will be paying for it with all the extra time I will be spending on direct-writes now.  Do you know if it is discouraged to direct write firms that did not select you through OCI? 
Title: Re: GW OCI Results
Post by: justuskuhn on August 17, 2008, 11:56:02 AM
Direct writes are definitely encouraged, especially if your OCI returns were weaker than what you hoped for.  I specifically asked a GW counselor about that.  I had been sending out my own direct writes before we even got the OCI results, and she told me that was ok, but maybe a little aggressive, and that I should wait to get the OCI results.  But she said if those results were weak, then direct writes is definitely the way to go and to try to get an interview for late august/early september.  I've heard back already from some of the direct writes I sent out - mixed results.  Some have wanted to set up interviews, some have said they have no room, and some said they only do recruiting thru OCI programs at schools.  I suppose though that if I was a Yale student and had sent a direct write, those standards might be different.