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Through April 30th the Cardozo Law School Center for Professional Development (CPD)is holding the spring recruitment program for 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and L.L.M.s. The CPD held its first spring recruitment program last year. Medium and small firms that do not participate in the On-Campus Interview Program (OCI) tend to participate in the spring program. Last year, the program yielded seven employers, and four additional employers held interviews off campus. Most schools do not hold a spring recruitment program. Cardozo is among the 25 to 30 percent of law schools that does. The CPD demands that the firms attending the program see the resum�s of all students interested in employment. Thus, grades may not be weighed as heavily as they are with OCI. Six firms are considering coming to Cardozo to participate in the program. In addition to non-OCI firms that participate in the spring program, government employers also attend. For example, this year New York Children’s Services will be interviewing 3Ls in February. The firms that participate in the program are looking for students in their first, second, or third year of law school. Thus, the program is open to 1Ls too. Unlike with OCI, firms participating in the program can sign on at the last minute to come to campus. Although the spring program does not bring as many firms to campus as OCI does, it should be noted that it took OCI twenty-five years to pull in the one hundred and forty-seven firms it now has coming to the Cardozo campus for interviews. On the whole, Jacquelyn Burt, Cardozo’s assistant dean for placement, considers the spring recruitment program to be a worthwhile appendage to the somewhat exclusive opportunities stemming from OCI. Since the National Association for Law Placement & the American Bar Association want 1Ls to focus primarily on academics, it is not until November of the first year of law school that the First Year Professional Initiative begins. At the Initiative, several speakers discuss possible career options for 1Ls. All first-year students get a manual from the Center for Professional Development that includes instruction on resum�s, career services, and the like. Each 1L sets up an appointment to meet with members of the CPD before midterms. At orientation 1Ls checked off the fields of law they were interested in. CPD staff will ask 1Ls why they checked what they checked. Other questions concerning what the student wants to do for the summer and what the student can afford to do will also be asked. Dean Burt stresses that 1Ls need to be patient when it comes to summer jobs. Students that are concerned about having a job secured by January or February most likely will not obtain a paying job. For students willing to wait until April and May, the likelihood of getting a paying job is much higher. The reality is that most firms do not consider summer employment for 1Ls as early as January. 1Ls will have access to EmployerNet, a twenty-four hour online listing of employment opportunities for the summer. Also, the CPD offers a summer program to students who either have or need a summer job and would like to take a relevant course in addition to doing summer work for a firm. The Summer Institute offers quality placement in a field, good experience, and the ability to learn about a substantive area of law. The Institute offers an excellent substitute for a 1L who doesn’t want a paying job. Cardozo’s Public Interest program also offers good clinics and faculties. The Public Service LawNet Network posts legal internships: 4,000 entries worth. Next year in June, 1Ls will receive a disk and other materials regarding the On-Campus Interview Program (OCI). In July 1Ls can register for OCI. Students are assigned an OCI number. Afterwards, students completing their first year will choose what firms appeal to them. Firms participating in OCI come to the Cardozo campus, conduct interviews, screen students and make their choices. Interviews obtained through OCI begin during the first week of classes in August. OCI is a program maintained by all ABA-approved schools. OCI also includes the Resum� Collect Program, which allows 2Ls and 3Ls to try to obtain employment from out-of-state firms. Grades, interview skills, and writing skills play a large role in firms’ decisions about which students to hire. A common critique of OCI is that it only offers students jobs at big firms. On the contrary, the organizations that come to Cardozo through OCI are firms that can predict what their hiring needs will be. It is not cost-effective for small firms to send one attorney to five schools, for example. Accounting firms, the SEC, the District Attorney’s office, and the Public Defender’s office have all come to Cardozo. Although uncommon, cancellations by firms do make things harder on the CPD as well as students.

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