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CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA - Washington, District Of Columbia

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OCI registration opens March 1, 2023

OCI requests accepted by

OCI requests accepted by Mail
Email to: [email protected]
Online, URL:
Email beginning date 03/01/2023
Mail beginning date 03/01/2023
Phone beginning date 03/01/2023
Online beginning date 03/01/2023

Please specify any changes in OCI procedures or policies that will be in effect for the first time during 2023

OCI date assignment procedure

OCI date assignment procedure First come first served


OCI Fee? None
OCI date confirmation will be sent to employers 07/25/2023

If requested our school will coordinate with
Any of the Washington, D.C. area schools.

Required Employer Forms
2023 Symplicity Online Registration.

OCI Date Details

OCI Interview Periods Firms: August 1 - 4, 2023
Public Sector: August 25 - September 8, 2023
Private Sector: September 15 - 29, 2023

Callback period for 2L summer positions

Is video conferencing available? Yes


Are employers permitted to prescreen? Yes


OCI Drop date 06/12/2023
Date student materials sent to employer 07/13/2023
Date interview schedule sent to employer 07/25/2023


Postage/express mail fee NA


Do you provide resume collection or direct mail option for employers not participating in OCI? Yes


Are all OCI conducted in campus buildings? No

If no, describe alternatives and reservation procedure
Employers may participate remotely as well as in-person "on-campus".

If you organize or participate in either cooperative or off-campus interview programs, please list applicable information about participating schools, dates, interview locations, program coordinator/telephone, pre-screening or other selection process, and registration fees.
Catholic Law accepts off-campus interview requests from local employers, and treats as OCI. The law school also participates in the Public Service Recruitment Fair (2024 Date TBD but typically in January), the Patent Law Interview Program (July 20 & 21, 2023), and the Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair (2023 Date TBD but typically in May).

Annual Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, Akin Gump Interviewing Best Practices for 1Ls, Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, Ballard Spahr Resume Writing and Interviewing Skills Workshop for Diverse 1Ls, Delaware Minority Job Fair, DuPont Minority Job Fair, Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, Hispanic Bar Association Conference, Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair, INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY VIRTUAL INFO SESSION, Just the Beginning Foundation--Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project, MBLSA Job Fair Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference, Montgomery County Pipeline Program, National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) National Convention, National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair, NCAA Recruiting Program, National Latina/o Law Student Association (NLLSA) Conference Career Fair, Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair, Sidley Austin Diversity Dialogues, Steptoe & Johnson Mentoring Matters Diversity Program Summer Scholars Pipeline Program, Washington Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Annual Career Fair, Womble Scholars Program

For Employers who do not interview students on-campus, will you:

send, upon request, one package containing resumes/transcripts? Yes
post a notice directing students to apply directly to employer? Yes

If you provide job listings for graduates, describe how to send notice, when employers can expect responses, length of time notice is posted (whether in print or online), etc.
Catholic Law posts positions for graduates on Symplicity and sends highlighted opportunities via newsletter and direct message. Graduates follow application instructions set forth by employers.

FIRST-YEAR STUDENT Describe any special regulations pertaining to the recruitment of first year students. For example, are first year students eligible for spring OCI? When are job notices posted during second semester?
Catholic Law supports any guidance that NALP may provide regarding recruitment of first-year law students. Outside of this guidance, the law school traditionally opens positions to first year students in Symplicity after first year meetings and the first Becoming a Legal Professional course. First year students are invited to participate in spring OCI, fall OCI, and other off campus recruiting programs such as the Public Service Recruitment Fair (PSRF) and the Patent Law Interview Program.

Recruiting Policy Information

Does your law school have a recruiting policy? Yes
If yes, does this policy apply to All employers
Link to policy
Do you provide guidelines or a specific requirement regarding the number of days a student should have to respond to an offer? Guidelines
Minimum number of days a student should have to respond 21
Is there a maximum number of employment offers a student may hold open at any one time? Yes
Maximum number of offers that can be held open 3
Is there a specific date before which employers should not initiate formal one-on-one recruiting contact with first-year students? No
Recruiting policy comments/explanation Catholic Law offered four formal recruiting programs for the 2022-2023 academic year: Fall OCI, the Patent Law Interview Program (PLIP), the Public Service Recruitment Fair (PSRF) and Spring OCI. Fall OCI was hybrid in 2022 but mainly virtual. PLIP and PSRF are events held in partnership with other area law schools. PLIP was hybrid during in 2022 and PSRF was held virtually during the Spring 2023 semester. The 2023 Spring OCI program was hybrid. Employers were able to participate in Fall OCI, Spring OCI, and PSRF at no cost to the employer. Catholic Law's Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) works with recruiters and students as part of the OCI recruiting programs to schedule interviews and manage program logistics, unless an employer requests otherwise. Interviews for Fall OCI begin on August 1, 2023. Employers may not prescreen students or request transcripts or other information from students prior to the interview. Catholic Law asks that employers register for OCI either through the law school’s employer portal in Symplicity or by emailing [email protected]. Timing of Offers: Any offer received by a Catholic Law student should remain open for 21 days unless a shorter period was expressly communicated to the student at the time of the offer. Early offers should remain open for 21 days from the first day of On-Campus Interviews. Students are only permitted to keep open 3 offers. If a student receives a 4th offer, they must release one of the offers within 3 business days. OCPD requires students to keep employers informed regarding the students’ consideration of offers. OCPD encourages employers to grant reasonable requests for extensions. OCPD’s goal is to promote appropriate matches between employers and students that result in productive professional relationships. Compensation, Volunteer Requirements, and Academic Credit: OCPD expects all employers to abide by industry standards as well as local, state, and federal laws and regulations regarding employment and wages. For-profit employers who hire for volunteer positions must familiarize themselves with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet #71. The Law School’s policies do not permit students to earn academic credit for paid work. For FAQs and information on the Extern Supervisor Agreement, as well as other resources for employers, please email [email protected]. For employers who have questions regarding participating in the externship program, please email [email protected]. Rachel Lawrence, Assistant Director for Legal Recruitment, is available to discuss recruiting and OCI specifics with employers. To contact Rachel please email [email protected] or call 202-319-5132.