OCI Tips

Hi All,

I know the recruit is coming up quickly and I remember how stressful this time was. To help you out a bit I thought I’d poll the summer students here and ask them for their best advice. So, below you can find some great tips from the Cassels Brock Summer Students of 2016.

Before I begin I should say there is no one size fits all solution to the recruit. While these are all great tips the big take away is that you should try to be yourself. It’s not just about winding up anywhere – it’s about starting your career in a place you’ll feel happy and fulfilled. I know while your applying it just feels like you really need a job-any job, but trust me you’ll be much better off if you treat the process as a two way street and try to find a place that you love. And besides, you are awesome and smart and qualified, and even if you don’t land an OCI there are a million more great opportunities coming your way.

Here are some of the reasons this years summer class chose Cassels:

  • “The people – but also the tools and resources the firm provides for business development. This summer I’ve been able to attend multiple events and it was great being able to interact with our clients and develop my networking skills.” (Taschina, Dalhousie)
  • “The people, that’s why I’m here I connected well with the people.” (Florence, UofT)
  • “From the moment I walked into my OCI I felt the most comfortable here and all summer that’s continued. I feel really comfortable with the people at Cassels.” (Meghan, Osgoode)

*It should be noted that literally everyone said the people (because the people here really are that awesome) so I just picked some samples.

And without any further ado onto the recruitment tips!

Applications

  • “Don’t let your cover letter be a regurgitation of your resume, highlight a few skills and leave white space.” (Kojo, Osgoode)
  • “Your application is the first piece of your writing the firm will read, don’t just talk about your skills show them! Be clear, concise and persuasive.” (Tegan, UofT)
  • “Have your cover letter tell a story- highlight the best moments of your career.” (Taschina, Dalhousie)

OCIs

  • “Make it a conversation.” (Meghan, Osgoode)
  • Think of an anecdote or a story for everything on your resume. Also, watch out for the skills and interests section, a lot of lawyers will ask about this.” (Richard, Windsor)
  • “Be prepared but relaxed, have some questions ready for your interviewers.” (Koen, UofT)

*these tips are also great for in-firms.

In-firms

  • Be friendly and approachable to everyone, don’t discount the importance of being kind to other students, support staff and everyone else you meet.” (Florence, UofT)
  • “It’s a two way street- figure out what you like and where you will fit.” (Sam Chan, UofT)
  • “Do your research, know each firm well and, if possible, find out your interviewers in advance and learn about their career.” (Jasmine, Western)
  • “Get a card from everyone you meet and as soon as you’re done chatting with them write down a few things you spoke about. This will be so helpful for thank you emails.” (Tegan, Uoft)

And just remember you got into law school, you are doing awesome at life and everything will work out!

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