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    Email: lawcareer@wlu.edu
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    Office: Powell Suite, Sydney Lewis Hall

    First Year Student Contact with Employers

    W&L Law's Interpretation of NALP Guidelines

    First-Year Student Contact with Employers Before December 1st


    The law school is a member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), an organization to which most law schools and many employers belong.  In response to faculty concerns nationwide that first-year students dedicate themselves as fully as possible to course work, NALP created the following guidelines to which the law school and its students should adhere:


    Part V: General Standards for the Timing of Offers and Decisions

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    D. Summer Employment Provisions for First Year Students

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    2.  Prospective employers and first year law students should not initiate contact with one another and employers should not interview or make offers to first year students before December 1.


    3.  All offers to first year students for summer employment should remain open for at least two weeks after the date made.


    In conjunction with professionals at NALP, the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development has interpreted these guidelines to provide students with a better understanding of permissible and impermissible actions.  Of greatest import, first-year students should not provide application materials of any kind to potential employers until December 1st.  Many employers will return premature materials to you, set them aside until after December 1st or, worse yet, throw them away.


    However, the Office recognizes the need for first-year students to begin making contacts to determine where they will send their applications materials come December 1st.  Accordingly, students may contact family and friends to begin their networking during the month of November.  The office also recognizes that students need to research opportunities before December 1.  Accordingly, effective November 1, we have posted to Symplicity summer job opportunities available to first year students with the understanding that students will not apply until December 1.