Loyola University Chicago

Career Services

School of Law

Fall OCI & Resume Collect Symplicity Instructions

OVERVIEW
OCI registration will be managed through PEARSON. PEARSON allows you to view potential employers, upload your application materials, update conflict information that would prevent you from scheduling an interview, and view your interview schedule.

Please email law-oci@luc.edu or call 312-915-7160 with any questions.


STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Log onto PEARSON

Step 2: Upload Your Resume and Transcript

  • Click on "Application Materials" on your PEARSON homepage.
  • Click "Add New" under the appropriate document type heading and follow the prompts to upload your document.

Transcripts: Most employers will request an unofficial transcript. You can download an unofficial transcript from LOCUS. Start at the Enterprises Menu in LOCUS, and click on "Academics," then on "View Unofficial Transcript." Follow the prompts to download a PDF of your unofficial transcript that can be saved and uploaded to your PEARSON account. Please note that you may also request a hard copy of your official transcript from LOCUS.

Step 3: Enter Your Conflicts for Fall Semester
You must enter your class schedule, week by week, in its entirety as well as any other conflicts that would prevent you from interviewing at a particular time. We need accurate scheduling information so that PEARSON does not schedule interviews for you during classes or other conflicts. Make sure your schedule is complete and accurate so that you can take advantage of every interview opportunity.

  • Click on "OCI and Job Listings"
  • Click the "My Interview Availability" tab to input your class schedule and other conflicts (work, appointments, etc.) that would prevent you from interviewing at a particular time.
  • Click directly onto the calendar to create blocks during the time periods in which you are NOT AVAILABLE to interview.
  • You must indicate your conflicts for the entire OCI period (August 6 - October 1, 2018). That way, if any employers need to reschedule, we will be able to reassign the students on their schedule without conflict.

All conflicts must be entered by the application submission deadline. It is a violation of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Honor Code to not enter your law school class schedule in its entirety.

Step 5: Apply to OCI Employers

  1. Sign in to your PEARSON account with your Loyola email address and your PEARSON password.
  2. Click on the OCI and Job Listings module on the left navigation panel.
  3. Click on the OCI Tab at the top to sort for the OCI listings.
  4. To the right of the Job Title and Employer's Name, you will see the employer's interview date.
  5. Identify the employers you with to apply to interview with during OCI.
    • Use the filter to search by location.
    • Click on the star icon to favorite a listing.
  6. Click on the Job Title to see more information about an OCI opportunity.
    • View the employer's hiring criteria, application deadlines, and the application materials that are required to apply (i.e. resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample, etc.)
    • Click the Apply button in the top right-hand corner to submit your application documents.
  7. The next screen will remind you of the documents the employer has requested.
    • All required documents must be submitted in order to successfully apply for the OCI.
    • Select from any existing, pre-saved documents that you previously uploaded into your student profile, or choose a new document to upload.
  8. After submitting the required documents, you will see a Congratulations screen.
    • You will receive a confirmation email from PEARSON with a direct link back to this OCI where you can edit your application materials until the Application Deadline.

Hiring Criteria: Please only apply to employers whose employment criteria you meet. Please do not apply to employers who require a class rank above yours - your application will be screened out during the process. For employers who state that they prefer a certain class rank, use your discretion as to whether you will be a good match for the employer based on their stated preferences. The hiring criteria will also apply to Resume Collect employers - if a Resume Collect employer requires a certain class rank, your materials will only be forwarded if you satisfy the criteria.

Waiver Letters: If your grade point falls just outside the GPA required by a firm to participate in OCI (for instance, the required GPA is top 15% and your GPA places you at 17%), consider drafting a letter and sending it directly to that firm (do not upload to PEARSON) requesting a waiver of their hiring requirement for you and asking to meet with them when they come on campus for OCI. A template for a waiver letter can be found on our website. Please consider having your career counselor review any cover letter and/or waiver letter that you plan to send to a firm or other legal employer.

Step 6: Complete Your Applications by July 12 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Please check PEARSON to make sure that all of your applications are correct and that none have been cancelled or deleted by mistake. If you find any problems with your application submissions, please email law-oci@luc.edu or call 312-915-7160.

Step 7: Check the Status of Your OCI Applications

  • After the application deadline, the employer will receive your application materials and decide which students they want to interview.
  • If you are selected for an interview, your will receive an email prompting you to log into PEARSON to select an interview time.
  • You can check the status of your applications and interviews in the Applied tab of the OCI and Job Listings module.
  • Throughout the fall, new employers may periodically be added to PEARSON. You will be notified via email when this occurs.

Step 8: Cancellations

  • Cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to the scheduled interview by phone call to 312-915-7160 or email to law-oci@luc.edu.
  • If you do not cancel 48 hours prior to the interview, you will be responsible for writing a personal letter of apology to the employer with whom you were scheduled to interview. All of your remaining interviews will be considered cancelled until one copy of this letter has been sent to the employer and another copy has been submitted to the Office of Career Services.


RESUME COLLECT EMPLOYERS
Some employers choose not to conduct interviews on campus but are interested in receiving applications from Loyola students. To accommodate these employers, we collect materials from interested students through PEARSON and forward them to the employers. The employers then contact students directly to schedule interviews.

TO APPLY TO RESUME COLLECT EMPLOYERS

  1. Sign in to your PEARSON account with your Loyola email address and your PEARSON password.
  2. Click on the OCI and Job Listings module on the left navigation panel.
  3. Click on the Job Listings Tab.
  4. To sort for Fall 2017 Resume Collect opportunities:
    • Click on the blue "Add Filter" button;
    • Click on "Resume Collect" under the "Job Postings - Job Details" heading;
    • Choose "Fall Resume Collect" from the dropdown box, then click on "Add Filter";
    • Click on "Get Results" to search.
  5. Identify the employers to whom you would like to submit your materials.
    • Use the filters to search by location.
    • Click on the star icon to favorite a listing.
  6. Click on the Job Title to see more information about a Resume Collect opportunity.
    • View the employer's hiring criteria, application deadlines, and the application materials that are required to apply (i.e. resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample, etc.)
    • Click the Apply button in the top right-hand corner of the page to submit your application documents.
    • Do not submit applications to employers if you do not fit their stated criteria - your applications will be screened out during the process.
  7. The next screen will remind you of the documents the employer has requested.
    • All required documents must be submitted in order to successfully apply for a Resume Collect.
    • Select from any existing, pre-saved documents that you previously uploaded into your student profile, or choose a new document to upload.
  8. After submitting the required documents, you will see a Congratulations screen.
    • You will receive a confirmation email from PEARSON with a direct link back to this Resume Collect where you can edit your application materials until the Application Deadline.
  9. If a Resume Collect employer is interested in interviewing you, they will contact you directly.

If additional Resume Collect employers are added after July 6, you will be informed via email from law-oci@luc.edu of the new employer and their application deadline.


GO BEYOND OCI
Lastly, please consider applying to firms that are not participating in OCI or Resume Collect. Many firms hire law students who contact them directly and show, in a well-written cover letter, a demonstrated interest in their firm. Make sure to do this in mid-August when many employers begin determining who they will bring in for interviews. For a list of large firms in Chicago and throughout the country, please see the NALP Directory or the Chicago Area Four or More List.


QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS?
Should problems or questions arise, please email law-oci@luc.edu or call 312-915-7160. Click here for more information about OCI.