Drake Law School offers both Fall and Spring recruitment for law students through OCIs and Resume Collect, and we encourage everyone to take a look. The Career Development Office (CDO) administers the process, which helps students conveniently research many different employers.
Students should at least consider whether OCI and Resume Collect could fit their goals. A few common misconceptions surrounding law school recruitment are that (1) only large law firms recruit at this time and (2) only top students can participate. In fact, Drake attracts law firms of all sizes but also government, public interest, and corporate employers in its recruitment program, and there are many opportunities open to students without grade restrictions. You can also watch a short OCI and Resume Collect video describing the process and timeline.
And remember, OCI and Resume Collect are just a few of the many available tools to locate a job. Networking, volunteering, the CDO Resources for Students webpage, Drake job search subscriptions, and of course the Symplicity Jobs employment database should also be part of the job search strategy.
OCI and Resume Collect are both part of law school recruitment where students apply through Symplicity and the CDO coordinates the process on behalf of the employer. Both OCI and Resume Collect are open during a set period of time with key deadlines. Specifically,
Interested students submit either their OCI applications or their resumes (for Resume Collect) online through Symplicity. Employers then review the applications and select students they wish to interview. Students may apply to as many employers as they like.
Students should consider both OCIs and Resume Collect in their job search process in order to reach as many employers as possible.
Effective July 1, 2020, you will access Symplicity through your Drake ID and password – just bookmark this page: https://law-drake-csm.symplicity.com/sso/students for future use.
After logging into Symplicity, click on the “OCI” tab on the left of your homepage. From there you will want to select the upcoming session, such as “Fall 2020” or “Spring 2021.” Both OCIs and Resume Collect can be found within that session and you can see the participating employers and their application requirements.
Although there are often many employers listed at the beginning of a recruitment session, be sure to check back often as employers may be added throughout the session.
Application deadlines are rolling, or spread out through the recruitment session. This gives students more time to research and review their options before having to apply; take note, however, that deadlines are tied to the interview dates, so the earlier the interview the earlier the deadline will be.
The CDO will try to help, but students must keep track of any employer deadlines that interest them. Unlike a job posting, OCI and Resume Collect employers do not see applications on a rolling basis - all applications will be released to employers once the deadline expires.
Once students have found the upcoming session, they can review the employers who are currently scheduled to participate – remember to check back often as more employers will be added. Students will only see employers interviewing for their class year so they should make sure their academic profiles are current. Students can see additional firm information by clicking "Review."
If students want to apply (or “bid” as Symplicity calls it) on a position, click the “Review” button to the left of the employer’s name. From the employer’s page, select from the drop-down menu the documents (e.g., resume, cover letter, etc.) requested. Be sure to select the correctly named document for that employer. Once all of the requested documents are uploaded, click on the “Apply” button.
It is important to upload all documents in advance, otherwise Symplicity will not allow students to apply (“bid”) for OCI or Resume Collect.
First, students should upload all requested documents in PDF format through the “Documents” section in Symplicity (on the left-hand side of the student homepage, not in the OCI tab). From the “Documents” tab, click on “Add New,” name the document (unique, identifiable name for each), choose the document type (e.g., “Resume”), select the desired document to upload, then click on “Submit.”
Students may upload more than one cover letter or resume but should mark them clearly with the employer name so that they do not send the wrong letter or resume. Try giving each cover letter a unique name that includes the firm name. For example, if applying for the Smith Law Firm, name it "LastnameSmithCL". By calling it Cover Letter, CL2, etc., it will be difficult to select the correct letter for the right employer.
The following is what students can expect after applying to OCI or Resume Collect – please remember it is key to watch e-mails during this time.
For Resume Collect, there are no further steps to the process through CDO or Symplicity. Employers may contact students directly if they would like to connect or schedule an interview.
For OCIs, the employers will review the applications and identify (“pre-select” as Symplicity calls it) those students they would like to interview. Students can see the “Employer Pre-Select” Deadline within each posting – that is the date employers are scheduled to notify CDO of their selections.
Students can log in and look at their status in the OCI process, however they will receive an email if they have been selected for an interview. Students will see a new “Invitations” column to the right of the “Interview Dates” column.
If a student has already accepted another job, it is perfectly acceptable to decline the interview. Similarly, students may “withdraw” from further OCI consideration. If students need to cancel at the last minute, be respectful and contact the employer to let them know – students should contact CDO if they need assistance or for withdrawing from day-of interviews.