CAREER AND PROFESSIONALISM POLICIES FOR ALL STUDENTS
As matriculated law students you have agreed to the following career and professionalism rules.
TIMING RULES FOR 1LS ACCORDING TO NALP GUIDELINES
1. You ARE NOT allowed to meet with your office of career services staff until after Oct. 15th.
View Part V.D.1-3 at this link for more - http://www.nalp.org/fulltextofnalpprinciplesandstandards#Part_V._General_Standards
- Attend large professionalism and career programs
- Email us with questions about these rules, or what to do if someone contacts you, or how to network, or any emergency
- Ask us questions that would involve individual counseling
- Make an appointment with us BEFORE Oct. 16th
2. You are not allowed to apply for jobs before Dec. 1st (this IS NOT a deadline, it is just the starting point).
- Attend career fairs and networking programs where employers introduce themselves to you
- Send a resume to a mentor/contact, BUT you must expressly state that this is not an application
- Apply to CERTAIN employers that don’t adhere to NALP rules (e.g., FBI, State Dep't)
- Ask someone else to hand your resume to an employer in order to apply for a job
Make an appointment with us BEFORE Oct. 16th
MANDATORY RULES OF PROFESSIONALISM
BE RESPONSIVE TO EVERYBODY – employers, professors, alumni, staff, deans, and peers.
READ ALL EMAILS – as an attorney you will get anywhere between 30-50 emails a day depending on where you work; as a student you get on average 10-15 emails. Scan them all because it is your job to do so.
BE RESPECTFUL TO EVERYBODY – no matter who they are or what they do; never underestimate how much further kindness can get you in life than being mean or nasty.
BE PERFECT – strive to be “mistake free” in everything you produce, especially your application materials (e.g., resumes, cover letters, writing samples). DO NOT make it easier for an employer to toss your application to the side.
ALWAYS RSVP WHEN ASKED – many employer and school events require you to RSVP; make sure you do it. DO NOT just show up at an event without RSVP’g (unless the event says that RSVPs are encouraged but not necessary). It is considered rude to do so otherwise.
- FOLLOW THROUGH WITH YOUR COMMITMENTS – if you RSVP, you must show up. If you cannot make the event, let the organizer know FAR IN ADVANCE (last minute drop outs for no good reason are unprofessional and require a written apology).
ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE A TRUE AND ACCURATE ACCOUNT OF YOUR INFORMATION – lying on your resume, doctoring your transcript, or using someone else’s work for your writing sample are just some examples of actions that can result in disciplinary measures as drastic as expulsion.
DO NOT MISS DEADLINES – especially regarding on campus interviews. OCS will always give you ample time to upload documents and apply to employers, but we cannot make exceptions for anyone that turns in their materials late.
DO NOT MISS INTERVIEWS – similar to Professionalism Rule 6 above, you are expected to make any interview for which you schedule. Showing up late (or not at all) is disrespectful to the employer and makes the school, and yourself, look unprofessional. A written apology will be required. IF YOU MISS MORE THAN ONE INTERVIEW OCS reserves the right to cancel your other interviews and ban you from participating in any other on campus interview programs.
- If given an offer of employment YOU ARE GENERALLY NOT OBLIGATED TO ACCEPT ON THE SPOT.
TIMES WHEN YOU DO NEED TO ACCEPT ON THE SPOT:
- Internship programs that are specifically for HUSL students (applying indicates that you will accept on the spot) – E.g., eBay, Marriott, Microsoft
- Some Judges, especially alumni – you can still ask for time to deliberate, but they have the right to deny that request
- If a contact reaches out to the employer for you and encourages them to hire you
5. ONCE YOU ACCEPT AN OFFER – DO NOT apply to any other jobs, or reverse your acceptance because you want something different; YOU MUST WITHDRAW from any other pending applications.
IF YOU VIOLATE THESE RULES:
Students may be subject to disciplinary measures that could be recorded in their permanent files, which in turn could affect their character and fitness requirements for the bar.