Q. Are there networking opportunities?
A. Both law schools offer a number of networking opportunities throughout the year. Networking in Houston requires students to actively seek out opportunities in many cases. The University of Houston Career Development Office (CDO) offers a full range of resources and services to assist students.
Q. When is the Calgary recruit, when and where do I apply and how does it work?
A. Students are able to participate in the University of Calgary 1L recruit in both their first and second years of law school.
Q. How do I participate in the 2L recruit in Calgary when I am in Houston in year 3?
A. Students in year 3 of 4 in the program, and who are in Houston, should consider networking with firms during their summer prior to leaving for Houston to support their applications in the 2L recruit. A flight back to Calgary for in-firm interviews (no OCIs take place in this recruit) will need to be booked, generally in early October or late September. Plan for 3 to 4 days of interviews, however it is very important to consult with the UCalgary Law career office in August to find out interview dates of Calgary firms so you can plan your flight accordingly.
Q. How do I participate in recruiting events at UHLC?
UHLC offers many recruiting programs varying in format and taking place across the span of each academic year. Their flagship recruiting programs include the On-Campus Interview Program (OCI), Small & Midsize Firm Open House, and Government & Public Interest Table Talk (GPITT). Additionally, many students and graduates find internship and permanent positions through their online job bank. All students enrolled in the IELP program can participate in any of their recruiting programs (permitting they meet the class level requirements).
At the end of your 2L year at the University of Calgary, you will be eligible to participate in UHLC’s largest recruiting program, On-Campus Interview Program (OCI): Session I. This session allows students the opportunity to interview with legal employers on campus. Keep in mind that employers review candidates primarily on their grades from the most recently completed terms. This process requires submitting applications in July, and the interview period is typically scheduled in the first week of August, before the commencement of your first term at the University of Houston.
It is important to get in touch with the University of Houston Law Center’s Career Development Office as early as possible to ensure that you do not miss the July application deadlines.
Senior Career Specialist
4604 Calhoun Road
Bates Law Building, Suite 8
Houston, Texas 77204-6054
There are more informal interview opportunities throughout the year, but students must take initiative by meeting with their career advisor in Houston and applying through Symplicity.
Career offices at both schools will assist students wanting to participate.
Q. What is goal of the internship program?
A. The goal of the internship program is to provide IELP students the opportunity to gain paid industry experience while enrolled in the program. It is an invaluable opportunity to build your industry knowledge and networks.
Q. Who can apply to the IELP internship program?
A. Those students formally enrolled in the IELP, or those who have completed the mentorship program and have fully committed to enrolling in the IELP, are eligible to apply for IELP internships. An internship enrollment form will be sent in early February to those who are enrolled in the program, or to those who have completed the mentorship program to be considered for industry internships.
Q. What internships have been available to students?
A. Prior IELP students have interned at Nexen in Houston and in Calgary, Inter Pipeline, the Canadian Institute of Resources Law and the Alberta Utilities Commission.
Most students seeking an internship have secured one but an internship is not guaranteed. Typically, students aim to secure an internship in the summer when they are not working with a firm.
IELP student internship placements are generally secured in late February and throughout March. Generally, interns are placed after the first year summer Calgary firm recruit is complete (after the Family Day week in Alberta).
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