A number of law schools participate in the on-campus interview (OCI) process. Our Toronto office conducts OCI's at all of the Ontario law schools as well as Dalhousie, UNB and McGill.
Your Career Development Office will let you know how many OCI's you've been invited to. The interview venue is usually a hotel or conference centre near the school, with interviews taking place in one large room with each firm using a curtained booth. There is usually a bell or announcement at the beginning and end of each interview, which lasts 17 minutes.
The interview is a relaxed, but business-like meeting with the interviewer spending the first part of your time together learning more about you. It's very likely that you'll be asked to go into more detail about information on your resume, so you should be prepared to speak about topics ranging from school to elaborating on your extracurricular interests.
The second part of the interview is your turn. This gives you an opportunity to find out more about us, and we welcome any question.
Call Day for Toronto Summer Positions
The LSUC permits scheduling of interviews on and after a specified day known as "call day." We can and will advise you in advance of call day if we intend to phone you to schedule a November interview.
Firms can begin making calls at 8:00 am. Be prepared! These calls will be quick and to the point, as you'll have other calls coming in and we'll be calling all the students we hope to see. On call day, it's advisable that you disconnect any answering devise and disable call waiting. Most firms, us included, prefer to get a busy signal so we know to call you back and don't worry, we'll call until we get you in person. We'll follow up by sending you a letter confirming the details of the interview. You should be aware that some firms, us included, only schedule first interviews for Monday and Tuesday morning.
It's a safe bet that you'll be able to comfortably do four interviews a day. A good rule of thumb is to schedule interviews in two hour increments. This leaves time in between to gather your thoughts, and to travel and prepare for your next interview. You want to keep Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday open to revisit those firms of greatest interest to you.
The In-Firm Interview
This is your opportunity to see us in our office environment, meet lots of our people, and find out for sure if we are a good match.
These tips might help you get the most out of the experience.
- Scope out the locations ahead of time and plan your route. Knowing exactly where you're going and how to get there will minimize your stress.
- Make sure your shoes are business-like and comfortable.
- Dress in appropriate business attire and glance in a mirror before each interview to make sure everything is in place.
- Ensure cell phones/blackberries are turned off during all interviews and/or dinners or lunches with firms.
- Arrive five-10 minutes early so that you have time to compose yourself before the interview.
- Ask for business cards from those you meet and take notes after each interview so that later you can distinguish one firm from another.