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Finding Your
Own Career
Path
By ALEXA SHABECOFF
Asst. Dean for Public Interest Advising
I. How Do You Want to Use Your
Law Degree?
At the Office of Public Interest Ad-
vising (OPIA), we believe that practic-
ing law is about more than making a
living or representing clients compe-
tently and ethically. We believe that
what makes law a profession, rather
than simply an occupation, is a personal
commitment to equity, fairness, and the
common good. We also believe that dif-
ferent jobs satisfy different people de-
pending on their unique values,
personalities, and work styles. We have
found that no matter what your ideals
are, if you are not in the right job, you
will not be happy.
These beliefs imbue our work at
OPIA with a deep sense of mission.
They make it extremely gratifying to
work with those of you who will bc the
public interest leaders of your genera-
tion, as well as those of you who will
apply your public service ethos to mak-
ing a difference by doing pro bono
work in the private sector, by serving on
boards and through philanthropy. We
strive to help you articulate and pursue
a professional sense of self that will en-
able you to achieve a confluence, not a
contradiction, between your work pro-
fessional and personal lives. Most im

Obama Nominated;
Alums Snubbed for Veep Slots
Making a climactic appearance in a
Denver stadium at the close ofAugust's
Democratic National Convention, Illi-
nois Senator Barack Obama '91 ac-
cepted the party's nomination to run for
the presidency of the US, making him
the first African-American to be nomi-
nated by a major party. If successful,
Obama would be the first HLS alum to
occupy the Oval Office since Republi-
can Rutherford B. Hayes, Class of
1845. By Obama's side in Denver was
running mate Joe Biden, the longtime
senator from Delaware. By picking
Biden, Obama ended speculation he
might select fresh-faced Virginia Gov-
ernor and HLS alum Tim Kaine '83.
Rumors swirled around Kaine's poten-
tial to deliver the swing state of Virginia
and reinforce Obama's mantle of
change. A top contender for the Re-
publican VP slot, former Massachusetts
Governor Mitt Romney '75, was also
passed over by his party's nominee;
John McCain chose Alaska Governor
Sarah Palin instead.

portantly, we hope that we can help you
find the kind of work you will find both
enjoyable and fulfilling.
We know that some of you have
come to Harvard with a good idea of
what you want to do with your law de-
gree. But, after thousands of conversa-
tions with HLS students, we have
realized that many of you may have
ended up in law school because you
lack a strong sense of what you want to
do for a living. Having left college
without specific training, and knowing
that further education is highly valued,
you find comfort in a place that will not
only give you more time to prepare for
the real world but will also give you
skills that can be applied in numerous
settings.
Yet, despite the diverse doors that a
law degree from HLS is supposed to
Career Path, continued on p. 12-13

Sunstein Joins HLS Faculty
Admin law geeks and New Republic
subscribers rejoice: the inimitable Cass
Sunstein '78 has returned to HLS as a
full-fledged faculty member. While a
student at HLS, Sunstein edited the
Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Re-
view and was on the winning team of
the Ames Moot Court Competition. The
now prolific scholar will serve as Felix
Frankfurter Professor of Law and Di-
rector of the Program on Risk Regula-
tion. He took up HLS's offer after 27
years at the University of Chicago,
which he left under some controversy.
Sunstein had been partners with
Chicago philosopher Martha Nuss-
baum, herself a longtime HLS hiring
target, before reports broke out that he
had begun seeing Kennedy School pro-
fessor Samantha Power '99. The two
met while campaigning together for
Barack Obama, for whom Power was
serving as a foreign policy advisor.
Sunstein and Power were married in
Ireland this past July. Look for a feature
interview with Professor Sunstein in
News Briefs, continued on p. 3

On-Campus
Interviewing:
The Inside
Scoop
By MARK WEBER
Assistant Dean for Career Services
An Introduction to the On-Campus
Interview Program
As we head into the fall On-Campus
Interview Program (OCI), the Office of
Career Services (OCS) would like to
de-mystify the process and help you
prepare for the intense, exciting, and
busy weeks ahead. Harvard Law
School's OCI is the nation's largest on-
campus interviewing program. Hun-
dreds of employers from all over the
globe will travel to Cambridge for the
sole purpose of recruiting HLS stu-
dents. OCI begins with a state-of-the-
art online bidding system that schedules
three intense weeks of interviewing.
This process culminates with flyout
week at the end of October when HLS
students travel around the nation (and
even around the world) for callback in-
terviews with potential employers.
While the OCI process is very simple
and straight-forward, the recruiting sea-
son can be an exciting, overwhelming,
and emotional time. The blessing and
the curse of coming to HLS is that you
have so many choices and options. You
may face seemingly endless career
choices requiring quick decisions,
while trying to keep the rest of your life
on track (because, of course, you are a
full-time student). With some planning
and thought, however, you can make
the experience more productive, man-
ageable, and enjoyable.

CAREER GUIDE
Inside:
- Advice from OPIA and OCS
- Summer Expeiences in the
Phillipines and South Africa
- To OCI or Not to OCI?
- Work/Life Balance
Fenno Sells Out
Getting Ready for OCI
There are many ways to tackle the
OCI process. A distressingly popular
method goes something like this: A stu-
dent glances at the OCI calendar above
his desk and realizes that the bidding
deadline is tomorrow. He hastily sits
down at his computer, and, based on a
vague sense of where he would like to
work and comments he's heard around
the Hark, searches for recognizable
names of D.C. and New York firms.
Since he only recognizes a few names
in each city, he surfs over to the Am
Law 100 and the Vault to get the names
of other top firms. Satisfied that he
has selected the best firms, he submits
his bids with just hours to spare.
The Office of Career Services does
not recommend this haphazard ap-
proach!
Throughout the summer you have re-
ceived the links to OCS Online and
emails guiding you through the OCI
preparation process. Ideally, you have
returned to campus with a targeted ge-
ographic preference, a general sense of
what you are looking for, and a list of
employers that interest you. We realize,
however, that not every student has had
the opportunity to devote time to
preparing. If you are in this group, do
not despair and revert to the approach
described above. Instead, we suggest
the following four-step process:
1) Do a Basic Self-Assessment
First, take some time to think about
what you truly want in a career. The
OCI process is a whirlwind experience,
even for the most organized students.
Resist the forces that may cause you to
lose sight of what makes you happy.
Focus instead on where you think you
are most likely to succeed personally
and professionally. Sorting through
these complex and personal issues is a
highly individual process. Use the
methods that work for you. Some sug-
gestions:
Recall what you liked and disliked
about previous employment. Sit down
and get the list on paper. Try to capture
the underlying qualities that were im-
portant to you. For example, if you en-
joyed editing your school paper, was it
OCI Scoop, continued on p. 14

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