Berkeley Law Recruiting Policies

effective March 1, 2019

Pre-OCI Interviewing

Employers participating in Berkeley Law’s Early Interview Week (EIW) program agree not to schedule or conduct initial, screening or callback interviews of our students for 2L summer positions prior to their assigned EIW interview date.  Nor may employers request transcripts or any other information about law school grades from candidates prior to their on-campus interview date.

Exceptions:

  1. Interviews that are part of an organized job fair.
  2. Interviews that are part of sponsored scholarship or fellowship program for 2Ls or 3Ls that provide a benefit or compensation separate from, or in addition to, an offer of second-summer employment.
  3. Interviews with rising 2L students who have informed the interviewing employer that, due to personal circumstances, they are not participating in EIW.

Employers participating in EIW may conduct interviews with rising 3Ls prior to the employers’ on-campus interview dates.

Employers may conduct interviews for a position in a particular office location prior to their assigned EIW date if that office location is not recruiting through EIW (unless the employer is conducting multi-office or all office interviews).  

Notwithstanding the above policy, employers may meet with students pursuant to student-initiated requests for informational interviews.  However, in the course of such interviews, employers may not request from students their transcripts or any information about individual law school grades.  

 

1L Recruiting

Focusing on Academics: For Berkeley Law students to be as successful as possible, the school believes their focus should be on their studies rather than on job search activities. Career-related events will be focused on the general characteristics of the legal profession.   

1L Recruiting Start Date: Prospective employers should not initiate contact, including applications, interviews, or offers to first year students, before December 1.  Appointments with students for interviews should be established for a mutually convenient time so as not to disrupt students’ studies.

Offer Timing: All offers to first year students for summer employment should remain open for at least two weeks after the date the offer was made.

 

Recruiting 2Ls/3Ls for Summer Positions

Offer Timing: Employers offering positions for the following summer to students not previously employed by them should leave those offers open for at least 28 days following the date of the offer letter or until December 30, whichever comes first. Employers offering positions for the following summer to students previously employed by them should leave those offers open until at least 28 days following the first day of Berkeley Law’s on-campus interview program. Offers made after December 15 for the following summer should remain open for at least two weeks after the date of the offer letter.

Reaffirmation Permitted: Employers may request in the offer letter that students reaffirm their offers within 14 days from the date of the offer letter. Employers that have requested this reaffirmation may retract any offer that is not reaffirmed within the 14-day period.  

 

Post-Graduate Employment Offers

Offer Timing for Students Previously Employed: Employers offering full-time positions to commence following graduation to candidates previously employed by them should leave those offers open until at least October 1 of the student’s final year of law school, provided that such offers are made prior to or on September 2. Employers may request in the offer letter that the student reaffirm these offers within thirty days from the date of the offer letter. Employers that have requested this reaffirmation may retract any offer that is not reaffirmed within the 30-day period.  After September 2 of a student’s final year of law school, employers offering full-time positions to commence following graduation to students previously employed by them should leave those offers open for at least 28 days following the date of the offer letter.

Offer Timing for Students Not Previously Employed: Employers offering full-time positions to commence following graduation to students not previously employed by them should leave those offers open for at least 28 days following the date of the offer letter or until December 30, whichever comes first. Employers may request in the offer letter that students reaffirm these offers within 14 days from the date of the offer letter. Employers that have requested this reaffirmation may retract any offer that is not reaffirmed within the 14-day period.  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.

 

Considerations for Public Interest or Government Job Seekers

Berkeley Law students may request that one employer (from whom they have an offer) extend the deadline to accept that offer until as late as April 1, provided that the student is actively pursuing positions with public interest or government organizations.  Employers are generally expected to grant such requests.

 

Smaller Firms Exempted

Employers offering students positions and having a total of 40 attorneys or fewer in all offices are exempt from the above Policies.  Instead, offers made on or before December 15 should remain open for at least three weeks following the date of the offer letter or until December 30, whichever comes first, and offers made after December 15 should remain open for at least two weeks.

 

Exploding Offers and Signing Bonuses Prohibited

Berkeley Law expects that employers participating in our recruitment activities will not apply undue pressure on our students to accept their offers.  They are also expected not to offer special inducements to accept offers earlier than is customary or prescribed under the circumstances.

 

Other

Offers of employment to students should be written.

Any offer that does not fall within the above policy proscriptions should, nevertheless, remain open for at least two weeks after the date of the written offer.  

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 may expire.

A student should not hold open more than three 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.  Students should consult with a Berkeley Law career counselor upon receiving more than one offer to assist them in effectively navigating the offer/acceptance process.

Please report conflicting offer practices to the Career Development Office at career@law.berkeley.edu.