Iowa Law students are a diverse body made up of creative minds noted for their integrity and work ethic. Our students seek employment experiences both within and outside of the legal profession: in private practice and large firms; in federal, state, and local government; in public interest and legal services settings; in corporations and businesses; and in non-profit organizations.

Please use the drop-down menus below for more information.

Job Postings or OCI: Hiring Iowa Law Students

Registering for Symplicity (if you are new to Iowa’s Symplicity)

A) Log on at: https://law-iowa-csm.symplicity.com/employers/.

B) Click on the Sign-Up button and complete the required information.

C) Once your registration is accepted, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with a password. Once received, return to https://law-iowa-csm.symplicity.com/employers/, and sign in to the system.

Wave I

A) Sign into the system at https://law-iowa-csm.symplicity.com/employers/. If necessary, use the “Forgot Password” option to reset your password.

B) Review and update your personal information in the “Account” tab.

C) Click on the “OCI” tab on the left to initiate a schedule request for an interview schedule or resume collect.

D) From the  “Schedule Request” tab, select the “REQUEST A SCHEDULE” button. Complete the requested information:

  1. Day(s) Requested (number of days you need to conduct interviews)
  2. Preferred Dates
  3. Interview length
  4. Number of Rooms (indicate the number of schedules you want)
  5. Time Span (indicate your preference for a morning, afternoon or full day of interviews)
  6. Class years to interview and class allocations (you will need to select the percentage of each class you are requesting to interview; if you select L1s, L2s and L3s the percentages must total 100 percent).
  7. You will also be able to indicate other requirements you have such as locations for which you will be interviewing; documents you would like students to submit (e.g., transcript, writing sample); hiring criteria; and scheduling notes.

E) Review our Policy on Equality of Opportunity in Recruiting and Employment and “Submit” your request.

F) You will receive confirmation once your schedule request is approved.

 

Wave II

A) Sign into the system at https://law-iowa-csm.symplicity.com/employers/. If necessary, use the “Forgot Password” option to reset your password.

B) Review and update your personal information in the “Account” tab.

C) Click on the “OCI” tab on the left to initiate a schedule request for an interview schedule or resume collect.

D) From the  “Schedule Request” tab, select the “REQUEST A SCHEDULE” button. Complete the requested information:

  1. Indicate whether interviews will be virtual or in-person
  2. Day(s) Requested (number of days you need to conduct interviews)
  3. Preferred Dates
  4. Interview length
  5. Number of Rooms (indicate the number of schedules you want)
  6. Time Span (indicate your preference for a morning, afternoon or full day of interviews)
  7. Class years to interview and class allocations (you will need to select the percentage of each class you are requesting to interview; if you select L1s, L2s and L3s the percentages must total 100 percent).
  8. You will also be able to indicate other requirements you have such as locations for which you will be interviewing; documents you would like students to submit (e.g., transcript, writing sample); hiring criteria; and scheduling notes.

E) Review our Policy on Equality of Opportunity in Recruiting and Employment and “Submit” your request.

F) You will receive confirmation once your schedule request is approved.

Through Symplicity, students’ résumés and interview schedules may be downloaded by employers in advance of the interview day. Final schedules will not be available until after the lottery is run 4 P.M., January 26thDue to the possibility of last-minute scheduling changes, please note that the advance copy of the schedule may differ from the schedule on the interview day.

Additional Features

The Personal Profile tab in the Account section allows you to manage your account and keep your contact information current, as well as allowing you to change your password.

The Profile tab allows you to market your organization to our students. Whatever information you include will be available to our students and will help them as they evaluate interview opportunities. If you use Symplicity with other schools, you can simply auto-fill your information.

The University of Iowa College of Law prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to university facilities. Employers must acknowledge that by posting a student or alumni position with The University Iowa College of Law Office of Career Services, you are affirming your adherence to the University of Iowa Nondiscrimination policy that extends to all employment opportunities.


The University is dedicated to the prohibition of all forms of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and related retaliation, as defined in the Anti-Harassment policy. When an alleged violation of this policy is reported and a formal complaint filed, the allegations are subject to resolution using the University of Iowa’s policy and procedure, as detailed in the Interim Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct. For more information contact the Director of Title IX and Gender Equity, Office of Institutional Equity, The University of Iowa, 455 Van Allen Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242, 319-335-6200, osmrc@uiowa.edu.


For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Office of Institutional Equity, The University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242, 319-335-0705, diversity@uiowa.edu.
 

 

 

2022 Fall Wave I OCI Calendar (Fully Virtual)

Please note the following dates (the dates in bold are those that pertain directly to Employers):

EVENTS

DATES

SESSION OPENS FOR EMPLOYER SCHEDULE REQUESTS

April 4th

DEADLINE FOR EMPLOYER SCHEDULE REQUESTS

June 15th

STUDENT BIDDING

June 20th-28th

EMPLOYER PRESELECTION PROCESS OPENS

June 29th

EMPLOYER PRESELECTION PROCESS CLOSES

July 5th

STUDENT PRESELECT/ALTERNATE ACCEPT/DECLINE OPEN

July 6th

STUDENT PRESELECT/ALTERNATE ACCEPT/DECLINE CLOSE July 14th

COMPLETED SCHEDULES OPEN TO EMPLOYERS & STUDENTS

July 19th

FIRST DAY OF Fall Wave I OCI SESSION

July 25th

Last Day OF Fall Wave I OCI SESSION

July 27th

 

2022 Fall Wave II OCI Calendar (Hybrid of Virtual and In-Person)

Please note the following dates (the dates in bold are those that pertain directly to Employers):

EVENTS

DATES

SESSION OPENS FOR EMPLOYER SCHEDULE REQUESTS

April 4th

DEADLINE FOR EMPLOYER SCHEDULE REQUESTS

July 13th

STUDENT BIDDING

July 14th-25th

EMPLOYER PRESELECTION PROCESS OPENS

July 26th

EMPLOYER PRESELECTION PROCESS CLOSES

August 3rd

STUDENT PRESELECT/ALTERNATE ACCEPT/DECLINE OPEN

August 6th

STUDENT PRESELECT/ALTERNATE ACCEPT/DECLINE CLOSE August 14th

COMPLETED SCHEDULES OPEN TO EMPLOYERS & STUDENTS

August 19th

FIRST DAY OF Fall Wave I OCI SESSION

August 24th

Last Day OF Fall Wave I OCI SESSION

September 9th

Statistic: 98.5% employment within 10 months of graduation
Graphic - 9th for full-time jobs for the Class of 2020
Graphic - 20th for federal clerkships for the Class of 2020 (law.com)
Graphic - 172 employers participated in OCI during the 2021 - 2022 academic year

Important Recruiting Information for Employers

The University of Iowa College of Law prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to university facilities. Employers must acknowledge that by posting a student or alumni position with The University Iowa College of Law Office of Career Services, you are affirming your adherence to the University of Iowa Nondiscrimination policy that extends to all employment opportunities.

The University is dedicated to the prohibition of all forms of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and related retaliation, as defined in the Anti-Harassment policy. When an alleged violation of this policy is reported and a formal complaint filed, the allegations are subject to resolution using the University of Iowa’s policy and procedure, as detailed in the Interim Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct. For more information contact the Director of Title IX and Gender Equity, Office of Institutional Equity, The University of Iowa, 455 Van Allen Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242, 319-335-6200, osmrc@uiowa.edu.

For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Office of Institutional Equity, The University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242, 319-335-0705, diversity@uiowa.edu.

Iowa Law Employment Guidelines and NALP Principles

The University of Iowa College of Law values our relationships with employers. As such, we value regular, open, and honest communication for the purpose of clarifying and resolving ambiguity and concerns. As a NALP member school, we follow the National Association for Law Placement’s Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruiting Process. In addition, The University of Iowa College of Law has set forth the following guidelines for employers recruiting our students:

General Provisions.

  1. Offers should be confirmed in writing;
  2. Students must reconfirm interest in a job offer if requested by the employer and the offer is held open for at least 2 months;
  3. Students should accept/decline offers or request an extension prior to the deadline;
  4. Any offer not accepted by the deadline may expire;
  5. Students may not hold more than five open offers of employment at any one time. If a student receives a sixth offer, they have one week to decline an offer to return to the five-offer limit; and
  6. Networking events hosted by employers should be open to all students, or to all students in a particular class.

Summer Employment Provisions for First-year Students.

Initial Employer Contact: Employers may contact students for professional development purposes at any point during the fall semester. Employers may begin recruiting first-year students on November 1; however, they may begin recruiting at the beginning of the academic year if they intend to extend offers prior to final grade availability in late December.

Initial Career Services Contact: First-year students may work with the Career Services Office (CSO) for the purpose of preparing application materials beginning October 1. When first-year students are interviewing for early recruiting positions as noted above, the CSO waives the limitation.

Timing of Offers and Acceptance: All offers to first-year students should be open for a minimum of 14 days from the date of the offer letter.

Summer Employment Provisions for Second- and Third-year Students.

Timing of Offers and Acceptance: All offers to students not previously employed by an employer should be open for a minimum of 21 days from the date of the offer letter.

Full-time Employment Provisions.

All offers for full-time post-graduate employment with an employer for whom the student has previously worked should be open for a minimum of 21 days after the date of the offer letter or the first day of OCI Wave 1, whichever is later.

Early Recruiting Guidelines.

Any offer made prior to the beginning of On-Campus Interviews should be held open for a minimum of 21 days after the first day of OCI Wave 1.

To ensure fairness and transparency, any employer participating in OCI should not interview students in advance of their assigned OCI date. This prohibition is waived 1) when students request informational interviews with employers; and 2) when students notify employers that they are unable to participate in OCI.

Other Ways to Connect with Students at Iowa Law

Career Services is available to assist in planning meet-and-greet events such as breakfast or lunch events, which may be virtual or in-person, to allow employers opportunities to interact with students in a more informal setting. If you are interested in scheduling one of these events please reach out to AJ Finch.

Partner for a Day is designed to give first-year law students an opportunity to spend time during their winter break with attorneys – their “partner” – so they can get a feel for what it is like “in the real world.” Our goal is to match students (individually or in small groups) with an attorney who practices in the area of law in which they are most interested. These interactions can be virtual or in-person. If you are interested in participating in Partner for a Day, please contact AJ Finch.

Career Services regularly offers programming encouraging exploration of various legal opportunities. We often include alumni in these programs to showcase the fields in which Iowa Law graduates are now working. The panel topics vary from year-to-year, if you are interested in participating please reach out to Melissa Norman.

Mock Interviews are a valuable opportunity for students to practice their interviewing skills and receive feedback, as well as make a connection with a practicing attorney. Mock interviews can be conducted virtually or in-person, please contact Melissa Norman for more information.

Questions, Concerns, or Inquiries?

Please contact the Office of Career Services at (319) 467-3115 or nathan-c-davis@uiowa.edu.