Look at the websites of the firms in question. If the associates who were actually hired from your school have "better" academic credentials than you it may be that your chances of getting hired are not good.Also, ask your career services office about how many students from your school were hired. Depending on your school it may be that only 1 or 2 students were hired for that firm. Again, that would mean that your chances aren't that great even if your academic qualifications vs. your classmates' qualifications aren't an issue.Bottom line: OCIs are just screening interviews. There is no guarantee you'll get a callback much less an offer from any given firm. This especially holds true if you're not at a top school.
I disagree with xferlawstudent. They're there anyway, so they fill their interview slots.
I'll tell you what our career services person told me. I'm not saying you should believe it - I'm not even saying I do or don't believe it - I'm just giving more information to be considered.Basically, she said that if you get an interview, they've seen your resume, grades, and (if applicable) writing sample, so they already know you're qualified on paper. The interview is to see if you "fit" with them - that is, if they think you have the right personality, temperament, or other intangibles that will make you a good choice for their firm. She said it's better to be at ease with yourself and able to be comfortable talking and establishing a good rapport than it is to be able to list off all your accomplishments and merits.Also - don't necessarily worry if you're not at a top school. I'm in Michigan, and she said that most employers generally take a few students from all of the Michigan law schools (except Cooley and Ave Maria) rather than focusing strictly on U of M. So, it's possible that firms in your area do the same thing, but I have no idea.
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