RESPONDING TO JOB OFFERS
|Published in the October 4, 2011, AdvisorEach fall, students who have received job offers approach us with questions. We welcome those questions. Here is some information in response to the questions we hear most often.
Many employers are members of the Association for Legal Career Professionals (formerly the National Association for Law Placement, and still known as “NALP”). NALP has developed rules about job offers for law students. Those rules govern NALP members; they can serve as a “best practices” guide for non-members as well.
NALP’s basic rule dictates that all offers of full-time summer or post-graduation positions to law students should remain open for at least two weeks after the date of the offer letter unless the offers are made pursuant to the “Fall Offers” or “Smaller Employer” guidelines below.
Fall Offers for Summer Jobs & for Full-time Post-Graduation Jobs
Smaller Employer Exception
Accepting, Releasing, and Reaffirming Offers
Students should reaffirm offers within 30 days from the date of the offer letter. Employers may retract offers that have not been reaffirmed.
In addition, students should accept or release an offer or request an extension by the applicable deadline. Offers that are not accepted by the offer deadline expire.
For more details, see the NALP Principles & Standards and Interpretations of those standards at the NALP website: http://www.nalp.org. The website includes links to professional organizations and employers as well as other valuable information.