Recruiting Policy

 

Northwestern Law, our students and all employers recruiting at Northwestern Law students shall adhere to the NALP Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process.

In addition, Northwestern Law, our students and all employers recruiting Northwestern Law students shall follow the timing guidelines set forth in Part V the former NALP Principles and Standards, as of December 12, 2018.

SCENARIO

OFFERS SHOULD BE
HELD OPEN FOR
Offers in general unless addressed elsewhere 2 weeks
 
Employers of 40 or fewer total attorneys
   Full-Time Employment
  • Offers before December 15
Lesser of 3 weeks or December 30
  • Offers after December 15
2 weeks
 
Offers for Full-Time Employment
   Candidate has not previously worked for employer
  • Offers before December 15
Lesser of 28 days or December 30
  • Offers after December 15
2 weeks
  • Offers before the start of school's OCI
28 days from start of school's OCI
   Candidate has previously worked for employer
  • Offers prior to September 2
October 1 of final year of law school
  • Offers after September 2
28 days
 
Offers for 2L/3L Summer Employment
   Candidate has not previously worked for employer
  • Offers before December 15
Lesser of 28 days or December 30
  • Offers after December 15
2 weeks
  • Offers before the start of school's OCI
28 days from start of school's OCI
   Candidate has previously worked for employer 28 days from start of school's OCI
   
Offers for 1L Summer Employment 2 weeks
   
Extension to pursue public interest or government employment April 1 (can only hold open 1 offer)
 
Additional Provisions
Maximum number of offers open at any one time 5
 
Additional 1L Provisions
Career Strategy Center can begin providing one-on-one counseling October 15
Employer one-on-one recruiting (applications, interviews, offers) December 1