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Call-Backs for Public ServiceThe Basics

What is the Call-Backs for Public Service Program?

Through the Call-Backs for Public Service Program, students traveling to call-back interviews with firms help raise money to reimburse the travel expenses of upper-class law students who are interviewing with public interest and government employers.

Why Create a Call-Backs for Public Service Fund?

Students interviewing with government agencies and public interest organizations can incur significant job search expenses. These expenses can be particularly daunting as every interview involves traveling outside of Ithaca, and expenses are seldom, if ever, reimbursed by public sector employers! Upper-class students who incur public sector job search expenses can request reimbursement from this Fund.

How Does it Work?

When a student goes to a call-back interview with a law firm, typically that law firm reimburses the student for transportation and hotel expenses. If the student opts to stay with a friend or relative rather than at a hotel, the law firm has the option of contributing $200 to the Cornell Law School Call-Backs for Public Service Fund. If the student opts to forgo reimbursement for airport taxis, the firm may contribute an additional $50.

Why should I participate in the Call-Backs for Public Service Program?

The money raised makes it possible for upper-class students to pursue summer and post-graduate employment with public interest organizations and government agencies that provide legal services to underrepresented individuals and causes.

The Program gives law firms an opportunity to demonstrate support for Cornell Law Students and public interest law.

How do I find out which firms are participating?

Click here for a list.



SIGN ME UP! How do I do this?

Do I have to ask about the Call-Backs for Public Service Program when l schedule my interview?

No. Just decline hotel accommodations. Then, after you return from the call-back, fill out the two-part Call-Backs for Public Service Program form. Return one part to the firm with your expense log and return the other part to the Office of Public Service.

Where do I get Call-Backs for Public Service Program forms?

Download the form here, and please remember to print double-sided. Or, you can pick up hard copies outside of Dean Comstock’s office, room 145.

But do I have to mention the Call-Backs for Public Service Program at the call-back?

Not if you don't want to. Just go to your call-back well rested and relaxed after spending the night with friends and family and submit the Call-Backs for Public Service Program form to the firm when you submit all your other travel receipts.

Does using the Call-Backs for Public Service Program have a negative effect on my interview or prospects?

Not at all! The Call-Backs for Public Service Program has no effect on your interview or chance at landing a job. Law firms volunteer to participate. It gives them a chance to increase their commitment to public service and their visibility with Cornell Law students.

When must I decide to participate in the Call-Backs for Public Service Program for a particular call-back?

At any point before you get that room key! Simply inform the firm that you won't need accommodations during your visit. You can even cancel arrangements you've already made (as long as you follow the hotel's cancellation policy). Unlike nonrefundable airfares, hotel rooms are usually fully refundable until the day of your arrival. If your best friend moves or Great Aunt Mildred offers you space in the spare room, just call the travel agent back and cancel that hotel. Submit the Call-Backs for Public Service Program form with your receipts, and we'll follow up.

What if I'm visiting more than one firm during one call-back trip?

Submit Call-Backs for Public Service form to each firm you interview with during that trip. The firms will take care of the rest.

If I participate in the Call-Backs for Public Service Program, does that mean I never get to stay in a hotel?

NO!!! You can decide on a firm-by-firm basis. We'd like everyone to donate one night's stay.