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University of St. Thomas School of Law Career & Professional Development Preparing Professionals, Engaging Employers OCI Insider

February 11, 2014

Still looking for a Summer Associate job for this summer? Look no further! Ruder Ware is hiring two 2L Summer Associates for the Summer of 2014.

On-Campus Interview Frequently Asked Questions

Ruder Ware
Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Writing Sample

Ruder Ware

  • Bidding Deadline: Wednesday, February 12 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)
  • Pre-Select Sign-Up: February 17, 3:00 p.m. to February 18, 12:00 p.m. (noon)
  • Interviews: Thursday, February 20 in MSL 124

Ruder Ware

Ruder Ware Website
Summer Associate Program
Practice Areas

NALP Policies for Students

The Fall OCI interviewing season (and interviewing in general) can be very stressful.  Keep in mind that maintaining professionalism throughout the entire process is key.  Here is a link to “Student Professionalism During the Interview Season: A Quick Guide to Your Ethical Responsibilities in the Offer and Decision-Making Process” - Follow this link to access the PDF at www.nalp.org

Ruder Ware On-Campus Interviews

Ruder Ware, a full-service law firm with more than 40 attorneys and locations in Eau Claire and Wausau, Wisconsin, is seeking two 2Ls for its summer program. Each summer associate will spend half of the summer in the Wausau office and half of the summer in the Eau Claire office. The students will be exposed to all areas of the firm's practice. Ruder Ware will provide housing in each location.

Initial interviews may be conducted via Skype or video conferencing.

Ruder Ware summer associates may have the opportunity to participate in or work on the following:

  • Client meetings and negotiation sessions
  • Transaction due diligence and closings
  • Pre-trial discovery, including depositions
  • Pre-trial preparation and trials
  • Mediation and arbitration hearings
  • Drafting client letters, briefs, motions, contracts, and other documents
  • Assisting with the preparation of client education and information materials

Ruder Ware has hired summer associates from UST Law in the past and it has always been a very good experience. The deadline to bid for this position is February 12, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).  Do not let that deadline stop you from applying! If you believe you cannot get your materials uploaded to Symplicity on-time contact Dan Winterlin at daniel.winterlin@stthomas.edu and he will work with you.

Application Instructions

Follow this link to place your bid in Symplicity, or follow these steps:

  • Login to Symplicity
  • Click on OCI
  • Select "Spring 2014 OCI: Ruder Ware" from Session
  • Click on Review
  • Select your application materials in Bid Details

OCI Frequently Asked Questions


What is a Resume Collect?

Some employers do not interview on campus, but they still accept resumes from our students. For these employers, you will need to upload your materials through Symplicity and bid just as you would for those employers interviewing on campus. The application process is identical, and the deadlines are still the same, but you will notice that there is no interview date listed. The employers will contact you directly if they’d like to follow up with an interview.


How do I say it on my resume?

  • Journal of Law & Public Policy.  If you have participated in the Journal of Law and Public Policy, be sure to include that on your resume.  We ask you to cite it as "Journal of Law and Public Policy (a student organization)" for clarification.
  • Moot Court.  If you are planning on participating in moot court next year, you are welcome to include that as well.  Just cite "UST Moot Court, Planned Participation, 2010-2011."
  • GPA.  When listing your GPA, we suggest that you specify that it is out of 4.0.  Also include your class rank, or "top x% of class."

Remember, you're welcome to come to CPD for a resume review anytime this summer. Start early so you can get an appointment without any delay!

What do I bring to an OCI Interview?

  • Update Resume
  • Cover Letter (if one was needed for the position)
  • Writing Sample
  • Law School Transcript
  • List of References

What do I wear to an interview?

Consertative business attire as many legal employers maintain traditional dress codes.

How early should I arrive for my interview?

Arrive at least 10 minutes before your interview and wait in the waiting area.  The waiting area for rooms 125 and 138 is located in the Student Services Suite (MSL 124).  If you are interviewing in MSL 173 there will be chairs available outside of the room.  Unless specified otherwise the interviewer will come out and get you when they are ready.

How do I prepare for my interview?

There are many ways to prepare for your interview: 
1. You should thoroughly research the employer and the interviewer.  Information on how to research an employer can be found in the Build Your Career section of the CPD website.  Review the employer's website and the biography of the specific interviewer.  The interviewer may change the day of the interview.  Stop by the front desk in MSL 124 to find out who is on campus the day of your interview.  Interviewer names may be found on Symplicity on your Scheduled Interviews page.
2. Talk to CPD Staff (Kendra and Cathy)
  1. Be sure to also take advantage of mock interviews. 
  2. If you need further assistance with this, please contact Career and Professional Development.

Where are the interview rooms located?

Interviews will take place throughout the St. Thomas School of Law.  To find which room your interview will be in please check Symplicity.  Interview rooms may change last minute.  Stop by the front desk in the Student Services Suite (MSL 124) to verify the room.  

Do I need to report my summer employment to the Office of Career and Professional Development?

As a St. Thomas Law student, you are required to report your summer employment to the Office of Career and Professional Development.  Therefore, you should respond promptly to all Career and Professional Development email requests for employment status or notify CPD as soon as possible of your summer employment status.  

Can I cancel an interview?

You are expected to attend all interviews for which you sign up.  If you need to cancel an interview, you need to give at least 2 full business day's notice before the interview date.  Please only cancel interview in the case of an emergency.  If you have to cancel an interview, you will need to provide a written explanation and apology along with the cancellation notice to the employer.

NALP Principles & Standards

NALP - Student Professionalism

OCI Uniform Documents Example

Researching OCI Employers