Thursday, April 01, 2010

Fall 2010 OGIs "Doubtful"; Students Encouraged to Contact Employers Directly

EDITOR's NOTE:  Yes this was an April Fools Joke.  We apologize for freaking anyone out.

OGIs will likely not occur next year, at least not in the same way it has in year's past.  That's the proverbial word on the street, at least.  With so many firms following new NALP rules and new hiring plans, most won't be bothering to come to campus in the Fall.  Rather, the new approach will have students directly contacting the vast-majority of the firms who formerly came to OGIs.  We reached out today to Career Services, and they responded with this:
While we generally don't comment on matters such as this which have yet to be fully and completely resolved, it is, in fact, true that the OGIs will be a much smaller affair than in previous years.  We are doubtful that many private firm employers will be in attendance, or many public interest employers for that matter, but we are still confident that the fall-interview program will be a good opportunity for those students who choose to take advantage of it.
How bad will OGIs be next year?  Check it out below the fold:
In previous years we have had over 300 employers for our fall interview program.  This year - although it is a rolling process and it is far too soon to say for certain - we are expecting between 10 and 25.  Although there will not be as many Vault 100 employers as in the past, we do look forward to welcome a variety of "alternative" (i.e., non-legal employers). 
Also, while several large firms in New York and Washington will not be interviewing for associate positions, they are coming to OGIs to hire for paralegal jobs.  As with any position, we believe that there are many talented students at Virginia Law for whom these jobs would be a great fit.
Students who are still looking to work a large firm should not give up, however.  The shift away from On-Campus interviewing programs to a system where students directly and persistently contact the firm's hiring partners is just a broader reflection of what's going on in the hiring market these days.
 The full text of the email, including some advice for students on using the new Symplicity system to find job opportunities, is available here.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...
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Anonymous said...

April Fools! Right? Sure hope so!

Anonymous said...

Triple U: It's unfunny, it's uninspired and it's unreadable and it's brought to you by "people who blog about law school".

Anonymous said...

Disagree. I'm usually a big critic of this blog (or generally ignore it), but this got me good. Almost forwarded it in a mass email. Well done 12(f)!

Anonymous said...

Well played. I nearly had a fucking heart attack.

Anonymous said...

That was pretty good. I'll give it a B+.

Anonymous said...

omg best april fool's ever. well done. i almost peed my pants a little. ok, a lot.

Anonymous said...

I was getting progressively more suicidal until I saw "paralegal" and realized what day it was

Anonymous said...

well played

Anonymous said...

almost had a nervous breakdown...

Anonymous said...

Why was my post which said "good one" removed? Offensive?

Rule 12 (f) said...

"Why was my post which said "good one" removed? Offensive?"

Because you were spoiling the joke ;). But then I decided that was OK in the comments.