On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program: Information for Students

The University of New Mexico School of Law holds two On-Campus Interview (OCI) programs each year—one in the Fall and one in the Spring. These OCI programs provide a formal and structured opportunity for law firms, public interest organizations, and government agencies to visit the Law School and interview students and recent alumni for summer and post-graduate positions. The Fall OCI Program is typically held in August. The Spring OCI Program is typically held in March.

Please utilize the dates and deadlines chart to keep track of deadlines for each OCI program. When the application period opens, you’ll be able to log into CONNECT and view the job postings for participating employers seeking to hire your student group (1L, recent graduate, alum, etc.). Applications for the postings will be submitted directly through CONNECT.

Once the student application period has closed, employers will select which applicants they would like to interview. Applicants will receive interview invitations via an email sent from CONNECT. It is expected that all applicants who receive an interview will attend their interview. If you have a conflict or have already received a job offer, please notify Bonnie Stepleton or Patrick Lopez immediately.

After the interviews have concluded, the employers will notify applicants as to whether or not they have received an offer.

If you have any questions regarding the OCI programs, please contact Patrick Lopez, Associate Director of Career Services.

Is the Fall Recruiting Season Only for the Top of the Class? 

No! Every student should take advantage of the opportunities offered during the Fall Recruiting Season.  Additionally, the UNM Fall Recruiting Program should be an important component of every law student’s job search, regardless of class rank.  While many large private law firms may have strict grade cut-offs, some are interested in interviewing candidates from diverse backgrounds or with other compelling credentials (e.g., bachelor’s degree in technology or advanced degree in life sciences; prior professional experience, etc.).

Many of the government agencies and public interest organizations that hire during the fall recruiting season consider the “whole person” when evaluating candidates. 

Fall 2023 OCI Program

A listing of the OCI Program Events and Deadlines

June 5, 2023

Employer registration for OCI opens

June 19, 2023

Student application period opens

June 19, 2023

Deadline for employer OCI registration

July 24, 2023 at 5pm

Deadline for students to apply for OCI positions

July 25th, 2023

Employers receive application materials

July 31st, 2023

Last day for employers to select students to interview

August 1–4th, 2023

Interview schedules released to employers

August 07–11, 2023

Interviews take place on campus

More Information

If you would like to learn more about our OCI programs, please contact Patrick Lopez, Associate Director of Career Services Associate Director of Career Services, or Amber Johnson, Operations Specialist of Student and Career Services.