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NALP Guidelines for Fall Law Student Interviews

According to NALP, the National Association for Law Placement, law students need to keep several important things in mind during fall interviewing season in order to maintain their professionalism.`
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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  • 1. FeatureNALP Guidelines for Fall Law Student InterviewsBy Rebecca NeelyAccording to NALP, the National Association for Law Placement, law students need to keep several important things in mind during fallinterviewing season in order to maintain their professionalism.NALP guidelines were formulated specifically to promote cannot forecast their hiring needs a year in advance andfairness amid the pressures of the fall interviewing season. must staff their offices as needs arise, they are less likely to participate in fall interviewing, but you should be aware of this1. Employers are required to leave offers open for specified provision.lengths of time to allow law students to complete theirinterviewing schedules and make an informed decision about 5. Pursuant to NALP Principles and Standards Part V.A.3,the first step in their legal career. Law students have certain a student should not hold open more than five offers ofethical responsibilities relating to areas like response dates employment at any one time. For each offer received thatand how many offers a law student can hold. places a student over the offer limit, the students should, within one week of receipt of the excess offer, release an2. Employers offering full-time positions to commence offer. This is one of the most important provisions of the NALPfollowing graduation to candidates not previously employed guidelines because holding too many offers at once essentiallyby them - and employers offering positions for the following precludes employers from extending those offers on a timelysummer to candidates not previously employed by them - basis to other candidates.should leave those offers open for at least 28 days followingthe date of the offer letter or until December 30, whichever Considering, and evaluating offers can be difficult, andcomes first. Offers made after December 15 for the following overwhelming. If law students are having difficulty selecting asummer should remain open for at least two weeks following firm, several things can often help them decide, such as doingthe date of the offer letter. more research on the firm, or having further conversations with one or more contacts at the firm to answer any questionsEmployers offering full-time positions to commence following or concerns about whether or not it’s the right fit.graduation to candidates previously employed by them - andemployers offering positions for the following summer to Students should not worry about ‘hurting’ an employer’scandidates previously employed by them - should leave those feelings by rejecting an offer. This is business, and shouldoffers open until at least November 1. be treated as such, with professionalism. Timely, direct communication is best, either by phone or email.No matter what the guidelines say, it’s critical that lawstudents understand by what dates the offer or offers will NALP was founded in 1971 during a period of rapid change inexpire. Law students should communicate directly with both the legal profession and legal education, in response to apotential employers regarding these dates. perceived need by many law schools and legal employers for a common forum to discuss issues involving placement and3. When offers are made at other times of the year, the NALP recruitment.guidelines state that offers should remain open for at leasttwo weeks after the date made. NALP is dedicated to facilitating legal career counseling and planning, recruitment and retention, and the professional4. Employers with 40 or fewer attorneys in all offices are development of law students and lawyers. required to keep offers made through December 15 open forat least three weeks and offers made after December 15 openfor at least two weeks. Because smaller employers generallyPAGE www.lawcrossing.com

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