Friday, June 14, 2013

Fall 2013 OCI Information

The Fall 2013 OCI General Information Memo and the Summary List of Employers for this year's Fall OCI program are now available under the “Resources” tab in Symplicity.  Next to “Type” select “OCI Materials” from the drop down box and then select the appropriate file.  Please note that the summary list will continue to change over the summer as additional employers register to participate.  We will update it as needed.

Bidding for the August Session is now open.  To view the employers participating in the August Session, first click on the “OCI” tab in Symplicity.  Next to “Session”, select “Fall 2013: August” from the drop down box.  You will only be able to see the employers that are seeking to hire individuals from your class year. 

 Although the bidding for the August session is open, you DO NOT need to upload your materials immediately.  The session deadline is not until 12:00 PM on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, and there is no advantage to applying earlier rather than later ‑ employers will not have access to the application materials until AFTER the deadline closes.  Having said that, you should not wait until the last minute to apply and the deadline will not be extended for any reason, including if the server is slow due to large volume close to the deadline.


1) Information about this summer's Mock Interview Program, the OCI Prep Session and a panel presentation entitled: "OCI & Beyond: Interviews and Applications through a Recruiter’s Perspective" is contained in the information packet.

2) In addition to the sample application materials provided in the information packet, remember that we also have samples and guidelines provided in the OCS Handbook found under the Resources tab in Symplicity.

3) We are happy to review resumes and cover letters and encourage you to send them to us before using them to apply.  In order to ensure that all materials can be reviewed before the deadline, please email them to us NO LATER than July 1, 2013.  Also, please remember that this is a high‑volume time for us, so please be patient as we review materials ‑ we will get through all of them, but it will take longer than usual.

4) Please remember that OCI is only one part of the job‑search process.   If you are considering other larger firms in NY/NJ or markets outside of the NY/NJ, please remember that you should apply directly to those firms on the same time‑frame.  Keep in mind, though, that the economic downturn has greatly constricted the larger firm market.  Don’t be discouraged . . . hiring by smaller firms and most public interest organizations and government agencies usually takes place later in the Fall and into the Spring.  Accordingly, please remember that while OCI can be a valuable process, there will still be opportunities to look for your summer or post-graduate position throughout the academic year and our office will be working with you to identify and pursue these opportunities.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

We look forward to assisting you through this process!

Friday, June 7, 2013

New Jersey Trial Court Clerkships

We hope your summer is off to a good start!  Although it may seem early, students interested in applying for post-graduate clerkships with the Superior Court (Trial Court) of New Jersey should start the process now.  All judges in New Jersey hire law clerks for a one year term.  The application and hiring process occurs on a rolling basis; however, many judges begin interviewing candidates in the summer and early fall, so early applications are encouraged.  A detailed information guide - 2013 NJ Trial Clerkship Information Packet - is posted in the Document Library in the Resources section of Symplicity.
Students who want the Office of Career Development to mail their applications for receipt by the judges in late June may deliver assembled applications to the office on the following dates:
June 17, 18 & 19 from 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
June 20 from 8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Applications should include a cover letter and resume.  Transcripts, writings samples and a list of references may also be included.  Application materials should be assembled for each judge and paper-clipped or otherwise fastened to keep the materials together.  Applications should also be pre-sorted by vicinage and then alphabetically by each judge within each vicinage.  When you bring in your applications you will sort them into the proper mailing bin for each judge.  Depending upon the number of applications you will be submitting, this process may take an hour or more so be sure to plan accordingly.
An Excel spread sheet with the judges' addresses and assignments in the various vicinages is also posted in Symplicity in the Resources section title "NJ Trial  Court Judges List (2013)."   This file can be used to mail merge your cover letter to the judges to whom you want to apply.

PLEASE NOTE:  You do not need to be part of the Rutgers mailing to apply for trial court clerkships.  You may send your materials directly to judges separately at any time or submit your application through the New Jersey State Judiciary’s centralized electronic system (see the Information Packet for details).  Remember, though, that the Judiciary encourages early applications (June – September) to increase the likelihood of securing interviews.

If you have any questions about these clerkships or the application process, please contact us.