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On Campus Interviews

Process and Logistics

Bidding Process:

Your OCI interviews are initially assigned by computer lottery. The likelihood of your being allocated an interview with a particular employer depends on many factors, and there are several considerations in the bidding stage. Develop your strategy.

Depending on how an individual employer chooses to configure its schedule, your bidding options can look very different. These quick Symplicity tutorials will help you to distinguish between them.

In addition to those employers interviewing on campus, there is a long list of employers collecting resumes. While you need to also place a ‘bid’ for them, there is no number ranking necessary. You are merely designating that employer to receive your resume and cover letter. Our RC vs. OCI Research tutorial will show you how to find these employers.

Finally, you will also need to enter your unavailable times during the interview period. To learn how, watch our Entering Conflicts tutorial.

Resumes and Cover Letter Upload:

You will need a resume uploaded to Symplicity in order to place bids. Watch our Uploading Resumes tutorial for a step-by-step process.

Students can also upload cover letters (for resume collection employers only). To do this, you must create a unique 2-page document for the employer making the request. Make the first page your cover letter, and the 2nd your resume. Name it, and attach it specifically to its applicable bid.

Interview Add/Cancel:

Once your assigned interviews become available, you may add more, drop ones you no longer want, or switch with your classmates. You will have a deadline of up until 5:00 PM 2-days before any given interview in which to make these changes.

Day of Interview Logistics:

Once you’ve returned to campus and interviews have begun, the process moves very quickly. There are several pieces of information that will help you best to navigate through the logistics of the interviews themselves and policies of which you need be to be made aware:

  • All final interviewer names and room assignments will be posted on the bulletin board next to the employer check-in area. We strongly encourage you to check the schedules on which you are assigned each morning to be kept abreast of last-minute changes.
  • Copies of your most updated resume should be brought with you to each interview, as well as additional documents (writing samples, transcripts, and references). Instructions on ordering a transcript.
  • “No Shows” – We get numerous complaints from employers every year about student “no shows.” Many employers make a final decision regarding the cost-effectiveness of coming on campus the day before the interviews based on the number of students scheduled. Disappointed employers often don’t return the next year. Furthermore, it’s unprofessional and reflects badly on not only you, but Stanford as a whole. For these reasons, we’ve adopted the following policy:
    1. Students who do not appear for a scheduled interview, or do not follow the established cancellation guidelines are reported to us by the employers.
    2. “No shows” are required to send a letter of apology to the interviewer within 3-days of the missed interview (Cc:ing OCS).
    3. Missing more than one interview or failing to send a letter of apology will result in the loss of OCS services, including cancellation of any remaining interviews, and the inability to participate in OCI the following year.

Discrimination in Interviews:

The recruiting policies and guidelines of Stanford Law School have been developed to contribute to a positive and successful experience for students and recruiters. These guidelines are designed to support the academic mission of the School. Stanford Law School's policy on non-discrimination in employment has been in effect since 1985 and parallels the policy required of member schools by the Association of American Law Schools. 

Stanford Law School makes its facilities and services open only to employers who do not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, disability, ethnic background, national origin, gender (including gender identity and expression), race, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

However, the School's non-discrimination policy permits, and Stanford Law School encourages, lawful affirmative action in hiring women and the members of minority groups that are under-represented in the legal profession

There are many reasons why an on-campus interview can be uncomfortable. These reasons may range anywhere from having a distracted, unprofessional interviewer, to having one that overtly behaves in a way that you believe to be discriminatory. Consequently, you can report it in a number of ways, ranging from an informal conversation with one of the counselors in OCS, to filing a formal complaint using the procedures established by our office and the faculty oversight committee.   There is no incident too small to discuss, and we strongly encourage you to come talk to us if anything at all unusual happens.

For complete information on Stanford Law School's non-discrimination policy and procedures click here. If you would like to report an incident please click here.


Travel Reimbursement 

Click here to download a copy of NALP's Student Travel Reimbursement Form. Students use this form to request reimbursement for expenses incurred in traveling to employers' offices for interviews. It offers a helpful way to share expenses among several employers. 

For detailed instructions on how to fill-out the form click here.

Travel Guidelines and Transcript Policies for Bay Area Law Firms can be found here.