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Recruiting Policies

Nondiscrimination Policy
1L Recruiting
Timing of Offers
YLS Grading Policy
Employer Receptions

Nondiscrimination Policy

Yale Law School is committed to a policy against discrimination based upon age, color, handicap or disability, ethnic or national origin, race, religion, religious creed, gender (including discrimination taking the form of sexual harassment), marital, parental or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or the prejudice of clients.

Employers participating in Yale Law School’s interview programs are required to agree to the Nondiscrimination Policy Statement when they request a schedule on the website.

1L Recruiting

Yale Law School follows the National Association for Law Placement’s Principles and Standards for Law Placement and Recruitment Activities for the recruiting of first-year law students.  The law school does not offer career services to first-year students prior to November 1.  Prospective employers and first-year students should not initiate contact with one another before December 1.  Offers of summer employment to first-year students should remain open for at least two weeks after the date made.

Timing of Offers

Yale Law School follows the timing standards reflected in Part V of the National Association for Law Placement's General Standards for the Timing of Offers and Decisions for recruiting (http://www.nalp.org/fulltextofnalpprinciplesandstandards#Part_V._General_Standards).

General Provisions

  • A student should not hold open more than five offers of employment at any one time. For each offer received that places a student over the offer limit, the student should, within one week of receipt of the excess offer, release an offer. Part V.A.3
  • Students are expected to accept or release offers or request an extension by the applicable deadline. Offers that are not accepted by the offer deadline expire. Part V.A.2
    Full-Time Employment Provisions
  • Offers for full-time positions to commence following graduation to students not previously employed by the employer should remain open for at least 28 days following the date of the offer letter or until December 30, whichever comes first. Offers made after December 15 for full-time positions to commence following graduation should remain open for at least two weeks after the date of the offer letter. Part V.B.1.
  • Offers for full-time positions to commence following graduation to students previously employed by them should leave those offers open until at least November 1. Part V.B.3.
  • Offers for full-time positions to commence following graduation to upper-class students from employers having a total of 40 attorneys or fewer in all offices shall remain open for a minimum of three weeks if made on or before December 15 and for at least two weeks if made after December 15. Part V.B.4
  • Students may request that an employer extend the deadline to accept the employer's offer until as late as April 1 if the student is actively pursuing positions with public interest or government organizations. Students may hold open only one offer in such circumstances. Part V.B.2

Summer Employment Provisions for Second and Third Year Students

  • Offers of summer employment to upper-class students who have not previously been employed by the employer should remain open for at least 28 days following the date of the offer letter, or until December 30, whichever comes first. Offers made after December 15 for the following summer should remain open for at least two weeks after the date of the offer letter. Part V.C.I
  • Offers of summer employment to upper-class students who have previously been employed by the employer should remain open until at least November 1. Part V.C.3
  • Offers of summer employment to upper-class students from employers having a total of 40 attorneys or fewer in all offices shall remain open for a minimum of three weeks if made on or before December 15 and for at least two weeks if made after December 15. Part V.C.4
  • Students may request that an employer extend the deadline to accept the employer's offer until as late as April 1 if the student is actively pursuing positions with public interest or government organizations. Students may hold open only one offer in such circumstances. Part V.C.2

Summer Employment Provisions for First Year Students

  • 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. Part V.D.2
  • Offers of summer employment to first-year students should remain open for at least two weeks after the date of the offer letter. Part V.D.3

YLS Grading Policy

Employers are free to request transcripts from students.  
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Employer Receptions

Employers wishing to host a reception off campus for YLS students should feel free to contact our office at 203-432-1676 or cdo.law@yale.edu
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