Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program
Beginning before fall classes commence and continuing throughout the semester, our Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program provides students with an excellent opportunity to secure a position early in the school year.
The Fall OCI Program is:
- Primarily geared to large employers – large law firms, District Attorney Offices, and large federal state and local government employers – who can plan their hiring needs many months in advance.
- Academically competitive. Employers rely heavily upon grades to determine who to interview.
- Typically used by employers looking for students to work in the firm or agency's summer program, although some employers are recruiting students for permanent employment.
Please keep in mind that only a small percentage of employers participate in a law school's on-campus interview program. Most students will obtain their summer and permanent positions through other means, such as, during the spring recruiting season, part-time jobs, internships, externships
, and clerkships
Are you a potential employer? Click here to find out more about how you can participate in Touro Law Center’s recruiting programs.
It is the policy of Touro Law Center to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation in its education programs, admissions policies, employment policies, and other school administered programs, and to refuse access to employers who refuse to sign nondiscrimination statements and/or who otherwise discriminate in violation of our nondiscrimination policy.
Military Recruiting Policy
On December 22, 2010 President Obama signed a bill repealing the policy barring those who are openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual from military service. This policy, known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” violates Touro Law Center's (the “Law School’s”) non-discrimination policy.
Despite the President’s signature, the repeal will not go into effect until sixty (60) days after the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify that the repeal will not harm military readiness. Until that time, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell remains in effect, and gay, lesbian or bisexual service members remain at risk for discharge.
While this is a temporary situation, the military’s hiring practices continue to violate the Law School’s non-discrimination policy. Due to the threat of withdrawal of federal funds to the University posed by federal law under the Solomon Amendment, the Law School will continue to make a limited exception to our non-discrimination policy in order to accommodate the US Armed Forces and JAG.
The Law School is optimistic that the military’s discriminatory hiring practices will soon be eliminated altogether and that all qualified students of the Law School who desire employment opportunities with the US Armed Forces and JAG will be eligible to do so.
Students may contact Margarett Williams, Assistant Dean for Career Services, if they have questions regarding this issue.
There also are several important career fairs during the year where prospective employers interview candidates for either summer or permanent employment.
- The Equal Justice Works Public Interest Law Career Fair, held in Washington, D.C. each fall. Other than transportation and accommodations, there is no fee charged to students to attend; the Law Center pays the registration fee. A wide range of employers attend this fair, including civil rights organizations, consumer and environmental advocates, government agencies, legal services offices and other representatives of the public interest law community. Interested students should watch for notification of this fair at the beginning of the fall semester.
- New York University Public Interest and Public Service Legal Career Symposium, held each February at NYU. Hundreds of employers from civil rights organizations, public interest advocates, government agencies, legal services offices and numerous other representatives of the public interest law community attend this fair each year. Candidates are interviewed for both summer and permanent employment.
- Northeast BLSA Job Fair, Inc., a regional fair that takes place each fall throughout the country and is coordinated by the Black Law Students Association. The job fair is designed to present various summer employment opportunities in either the private or public sector. In our region, this job fair is known as the Northeast BLSA Job Fair, Inc. Although the job fair is held in the early fall, registration takes place in the spring. After registering for this fair, registrants are sent mailings throughout the summer regarding additional details.
- Patent Law Career Fair, hosted each year in early August by Loyola University Chicago School of Law. This program gives qualified law student from across the country the opportunity to interview with over 150 patent law firms, as well as law firms, corporations and government agencies with patent law departments. Students with an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering or a technical science may want to consider attending. Registration is early, usually in February of each year.