Recruiting Policies

The University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law) values its relationships with employers and welcomes an exchange of information at all stages of the job search process. UCI Law subscribes to all NALP Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process, and expects students and employers with whom we work to be guided by these principles as well. The Recruitment Policies set forth below are intended to provide clarity on our expectations.

Non-Discrimination

UCI Law is committed to a policy against discrimination in employment based on color, race, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Under University of California policies, UCI Law facilities are not available to employers whose employment practices violate applicable state or federal law. Employers are required to sign a statement of compliance before posting jobs or participating in on-campus interviewing programs.

General Provisions

  1. UCI Law expects employers and students to schedule interviews outside of student class times.
  2. UCI Law expects students to comply with all written terms of offer letters, including requests for reaffirmation.
  3. Students should not hold open more than five offers at a time, and are expected to decline offers in which they no longer have an interest as quickly as possible.
  4. All offers for employment should remain open for at least two weeks from the date of the written offer, unless from a private sector employer with over 40 attorneys (see below).
  5. Employers are encouraged to grant reasonable requests for extensions (at least one week) to students to whom they have extended offers.

Offers for Summer Employment from Private Sector Employers with over 40 Attorneys

  1. Offers for summer employment from private sector employers with over 40 attorneys should remain open for at least 21 days from the date of the written offer. Reasonable student requests for extensions should be honored.
  2. Offers for summer employment made before the start of UCI Law’s Early Interview Week (EIW) should remain open for at least 21 days from the first day of EIW.

Offers for Post-Graduate Employment from Private Sector Employers with over 40 Attorneys

  1. Offers for post-graduate employment made to students previously employed by the employer made on or before September 2 should remain open until October 1.
  2. Offers for post-graduate employment made to students previously employed by the employer made after September 2 should remain open at least 21 days.
  3. Offers for post-graduate employment made to students not previously employed by the employer made on or before December 1 should remain open at least 21 days.
  4. Offers for post-graduate employment made to students not previously employed by the employer made after December 1 should remain open for at least two weeks.
  5. Private sector employers are encouraged to extend the deadline to accept offers for post-graduate employment until April 1 for students actively pursuing public interest or government positions. Students may hold open only one offer in such circumstances.

Provisions for 1L Recruitment

UCI Law believes that first-year students should focus on their academic studies and transition to law school rather than job search activities during the first few months of law school. First-year students may not apply to legal positions earlier than December 1. Exceptions to this date may be made on a case-by-case basis. Prior to December 1, first-year students are permitted to engage in opportunities to learn about the legal profession, professionalism, and professional development.

Prior to December 1, prospective employers should not initiate formal one-on-one recruiting contact with first-year students, including applications, interviews, or offers. In limited circumstances, government employers requiring an extensive background check may receive and review applications prior to December 1. Educational and professional contact with first-year students is permitted at any time; however, events related to a job search should not occur prior to December 1.