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Recruitment Policies

Timing Guidelines and Policies for Private Sector Employers

Updated September 1, 2020

 

A. Provisions Regarding CLS 2Ls/Class of 2022 Students who are applying for 2021 2L Summer Associate Positions

Offer Type

Offer Deadline

Summer Offer made to 2L NOT previously employed by the firm

Remains open for at least 14 calendar days following: a) date of the offer letter or b) January 21, 2021, the last day of the Virtual Job Fair (“VJF”), whichever comes later.  

Summer Offer made to 2L previously employed by the firm as a 1L summer associate

Remains open for at least 14 calendar days from the last day of VJF.

 

CLS 2Ls are permitted to hold up to three offers of employment in any one state at one time.

 

B. Provisions Regarding CLS 3Ls/Class of 2021 Students, who are applying for 2021 Entry-Level Associate Positions

Offer Type

Offer Deadline

Full-Time Offer made to 3L previously employed by the firm

Remains open until at least October 1 of the candidate’s final year of law school. If the offer is made after September 17, offer should remain open for at least 14 calendar days.

Full-Time Offer made to 3L NOT previously employed by the firm

Offer should remain open for at least 14 calendar days following date of the offer letter.

 

C. Provisions Regarding CLS 2L, 3L Private & Public Interest Search (applicable to all law firm employers)

Employers are encouraged to grant an extension until April 1, 2021 for 2L and 3L students who are actively pursuing positions with public interest or government organizations. In such circumstances, 2L and 3L students may hold open only one offer and affirm in writing that the employer’s offer is the only private sector offer that the student is holding.
 

D. Provisions Regarding CLS 1Ls/Class of 2023

Employers and first-year law students should not initiate contact with one another, and employers should not initiate or conduct formal one-on-one recruiting contact with students, including applications, interviews, or offers to first year students, before December 1. 

 

Statement Regarding offer consideration period for 1l Summer, 2l summer and permanent positions 

In light of current market uncertainty, while our formal recruiting policies remain in place, we realize that employers may require additional flexibility during the 2020 recruiting season.  We therefore request, in cases in which compliance with our formal policy is deemed impractical by an employer after due consideration, that our students be given an offer consideration period by that employer no less favorable than the period granted to students of any other law school.


Nondiscrimination Policy

The Cornell Law School is committed to a policy against discrimination in employment. The facilities of the Career Services Office may be denied to employers whose behavior contravenes our faculty policy prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, ancestry, sex, gender (including identity or expression), sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or protected veteran status. We require all employers using the Career Services Office to comply with our nondiscrimination policy.