News and Announcements

Upcoming Interview Programs and CDO Winter Break Hours


Our office will be open throughout the break to assist you with career planning with the following exceptions:  Thursday, December 23rd and Friday the 24th and Thursday, December 30th and Friday the 31st.  However, several of the attorney-counselors will be taking days off here and there during the break.  For this reason, if you are interested in talking to a particular counselor, you should call or email ahead to confirm the hours when he or she will be available.

Please check your email during the break for announcements of events that may be happening during break or at the very beginning of the spring semester.

You can schedule appointments online (click on the Appointments link on the CDO homepage, call 642-4567, or come by our office).

PIPS DAY (Feb. 12th, 2011)

Sponsored by the eight Northern California law schools and administered by a San Francisco non-profit organization, the Public Interest Clearinghouse, this is an incredible opportunity to meet and apply for interviews with over 100 public interest and government organizations.  Click here for a list of the employers who participated in this program last February.

On December 15th, you will be receiving an email from with information about how to register, including a username and password, instructions for accessing the online system, and deadlines.  Be sure your email settings and spam blockers permit email from this address/domain.

Students who want to interview with employers participating in PI/PS Day will be required to submit their requests and their resumes, cover letters, and other requested materials online to the Clearinghouse by noon on January 21st, 2011.  (NOTE:  The Clearinghouse will not begin accepting online requests and resumes until January 4th, 2011.)

Click here for some additional general information about PIPS Day.


The CDO is expecting 25 or so employers (both public and private sector) to participate in our Spring OCIP, which will take place at the Hotel Durant from February 1st to the 11th.  You apply for interviews via the OCI section of the b-Line.  The application deadline is January 12th, 2011.

Unlike our lottery-based fall OCIP, employers participating in Spring OCIP are permitted to prescreen applicants and invite only those students they are interested in interviewing.

Employers have just started to register and will continue to do so until December 20th.  Beginning on December 10th, you can login and see who has registered so far, but you should continue checking back regularly to view the most current list of participating employers.  You will be able to begin applying for interviews on January 3rd but you will need to complete your applications by the end of the day Wednesday, January 12th.

In order to participate in Spring OCIP, you will need to upload your resume -- before you apply or sign up -- into the Documents section of b-Line.  Instructions for doing so are posted on the b-Line homepage (in the Announcements section).

For a list of employer research resources and other preparation advice, check out of Spring 2011 OCIP webpage.  You can find the link to it via our Interview Programs webpage.   

Have you had your resume reviewed by a CDO attorney-counselor?  If not, send it to  Please review the online Resume and Cover Letter Writing Guides and the accompanying samples before you draft your materials and send them to us.

And lastly --

1Ls -- if you haven't yet read  the collected 1L job search advice from 2Ls and 3Ls.  You can find a link to the pdf version on the For 1Ls webpage. 

2Ls and 3Ls -- we collected non-OCIP job search advice from successful recent graduates, which you may want to check out.  A link to this collection (called "How I Got My Non-OCIP Job")  appears at the bottom of our Post-OCIP Job Search Strategies webpage.