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Thank you for your interest in Duke Law School! We hope you will join us for our Virtual OCI on January 13-16, 2021! To speak with our recruiting team, please contact Erin Biggerstaff or Susan Anderson.

Recruiting Policies

Please review our Recruiting Policies & Guidelines before registering for Duke Law Virtual On Campus Interviews (OCI). By registering for OCI, employers recruiting at Duke Law are agreeing to adhere to these policies.

Employers recruiting at Duke Law should review Duke University's full Anti-Discrimination Policy and check the section in your OCI Schedule Request labeled "Duke University School of Law Anti-Discriminatory Policy" to affirm your organization's compliance.

Duke Law School does not release class rank. Duke Law School uses a slightly modified form of the familiar 4.0 scale. The modification permits faculty to recognize especially distinguished performances with grades above a 4.0. The highest grade given is 4.3. A grade of 1.5 or lower is failing. The median grade for all first- year and upper level courses of 40 or more students is 3.3. In response to the Covid-19 emergency, Duke adopted a Credit/No Credit policy for Spring 2020 for all courses with one exception.  Although the default was also Credit/No Credit for Legal Analysis, Research and Writing, 1L students could elect to opt for a grade in that course. This fall, Duke plans to use its normal grading system. That said, as we experienced last spring, the pandemic is unpredictable, and we cannot foreclose the possibility that our normal grading system will need to be modified, or that individual students or courses will need to be graded differently due to health or other disruptions. For more information, please review our full Grading Policy.

Important Dates

Registration opens  September 21, 2020 12PM ET
Notification of assigned OCI date: Rolling basis beginning mid-October, 2020
Recommended Registration deadline: October 14, 12PM ET
List of participating employers available to students: October 19, 2020
Final registration deadline (email to inquire about registration after this date) December 11, 12PM ET
OCI student bidding: January 2-6, 2021
OCI schedules available to employers:  January 9, 2021, by 5PM ET
Virtual OCI interview dates January 13-16, 2021
Upper-Level classes begin:  Wednesday, January 20, 2021

How to Register

Please review this Virtual OCI Schedule Request Memo for detailed information on how to request a new interview schedule or how to request a transfer of your original Summer 2020 OCI schedule to the new Virtual OCI session.

Virtual Interview Logistics

Interviews will be conducted virtually on a platform provided by Duke Law CPDC (more information will be available in October/November 2020).

Policies and Fees for OCI 

Interview Date Assignments

While we cannot guarantee employer interview date preferences for Virtual OCI, we will do our best to accommodate your date and scheduling preferences when possible. If you have special scheduling needs (such as interview time slots better suited to your time zone or a preference to split your interviews over more than one day), please email Erin Biggerstaff.

Schedule Fees

  • 1 to 99 attorney organizations; government; public interest: no charge
  • 100 or more attorney (private sector) organizations: $500 per virtual room

Virtual Hospitality Suite Fees

$500 per employer. Limited space is available each day during Virtual OCI for virtual employer hospitality suites. Details on virtual hospitality suite functionality will be available in November 2020. For more information and to reserve a hospitality suite, please contact Erin Biggerstaff. Hospitality suite registration is not viewable in Symplicity.

Invoicing

Please review our cancellation policy below in advance of submitting your OCI schedule / hospitality suite request. Invoices will be sent to the contact listed on the OCI schedule via email starting in October 2020. Fees are due two weeks from the receipt of your invoice.

Please make your check payable to Duke University School of Law and mail it to:
Susan Anderson
210 Science Drive, Box 90367
Durham, NC 27708-0367

Virtual OCI Cancellation Policy

  • Schedule and hospitality suite fees for early cancellations (made prior to 12pm ET, October 14, 2020) are eligible for a full refund.
  • Schedule and hospitality suite fees for late cancellations (made prior to 12pm ET, December 11, 2020) are eligible for a half refund.
  • Schedule and hospitality suite fees for cancellations made after 12pm ET, December 11, 2020 are not refundable

Cover Letters and Transcripts

Due to the volume of employers participating in Virtual OCI, we cannot accommodate employer requests for cover letters as part of the bidding process.  Employers may not request cover letters or statements of interest from students during the Virtual OCI process. For this year, we will allow employers to request unofficial transcripts and/or writing samples as part of Virtual OCI bidding.

Additional 2020-2021 Recruitment Programs:

  • Duke Law 2L/3L Resume Collects: Offices unable to participate in Virtual OCI may collect application materials from upper level students via four Resume Collect sessions in Symplicity. Employers may choose from the following sessions (each indicates the deadline application date for students, and the date employers receive application materials): January 7, January 7 [IP ONLY], January 21, February 4. Learn more here.
  • Spring Interview Program: Our Spring Interview Program (SIP) is 100% preselect and there is no fee to participate. Registration opens via Symplicity at 12pm ET, September 21, 2020 for interview dates starting February 3, 2021. Employers may interview all class levels. Learn more here.
  • Government & Public Interest OCI (GPI OCI): Learn more here.
  • Posting opportunities under the “Jobs Postings” tab in Symplicity: Employers preferring an early application deadline for upper level postings (earlier than January 2021) may post positions under the “Jobs Postings / Resume Collect” tab in Symplicity instead of as a formal Resume Collect under the OCI tab. Learn more here. Employers may begin posting 1L positions under the “Job Postings” tab starting October 19, 2020.
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What's Being Said About the Duke Interviewing Process

I think that the Duke OCI process is one of the best law school recruiting processes in the country. The students are well prepared, professional and informed. They have obviously taken time to think about choosing to interview with our Firm beyond just the name or viewing us as “just another” firm. Further, the Duke career counselors are without exception the most attentive and finest staff at any law school in the country at which I have conducted interviews. They are not concerned about just getting a student a job but rather finding them a career in an environment in which they have an opportunity to have long term success. A breath of fresh air.

- National Hiring Partner, AmLaw 100 Law Firm

Questions about Interviewing?

Email Erin Biggerstaff

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