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Skipping OCI, will this hurt me?

Skipping OCI, will this hurt me?
« on: August 22, 2008, 02:06:04 PM »
So here's the situation: I'm an average student at a T10 but I'll be visiting at a T20 for the year (in my hometown and where I intend to practice).  I didn't even bid for OCI because I knew it would be way too expensive for me to go and I frankly just don't have the money.  Now I'm questioning that decision.  I intended to just send out resumes, but from what I've been reading on this site it's going to look bad because these firms (top BigLaw firms mostly) already came to my school to interview and I passed on it?  I would explain in my email that extenuating (sry if that's spelled wrong, hence the "average student" lol) circumstances prevented me from attending OCI but that I'm very interested in the firm and that I'll be in town for the year so I'm open for interviews.  Will this work or did I pretty much screw myself?  Any advice on what I can do would be greatly appreciated. 


Re: Skipping OCI, will this hurt me?
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2008, 07:51:19 PM »
Clarify a bit for us here:

1. You missed OCI at your school or at the T20?
2. What kind of firm is the firm that you are interested in? I know you said "top BigLaw" but do you mean a branch office, main office, etc.? How many summers do these firms typically have?

Send out your resume explaining things ASAP. Missing OCI for BigLaw hiring is ill advised since many of the firms have very stringent hiring schedules. Furthermore, because many of these firms get mail bombed with resumes each recruiting season, many recruiting teams at firms only have the time to very briefly flip through resumes, trashing those that don't show great GPAs or great pedigrees straight off the bat.  Its certainly still early enough in the game that you didn't "screw yourself," but I would get on things fast. I have a friend who basically did the same exact thing and got squeezed out of many of the firms she was looking at and would have been a shoe-in for. She waited until the end of Sept. to send out her resumes though, which was the big kicker..Good luck!