What is reciprocity? Reciprocity is the system law school Career Center offices use to share access to job searching tools and listings for students and graduates. When looking for jobs, be sure to consider the options below for accessing job listings in other areas of the country. Depending on whether you are looking in the Pacific Northwest, or within other regions of the country, there are two ways to access reciprocity:
1) Request reciprocity through our office to ask permission from other law schools to view their listings online or to visit their offices. This is a required process; be sure to request permission through us before visiting or contacting a school in another area. Send an e-mail to the Career Center, and request up to three specific schools in order of priority. Please be aware that: schools in some areas, including California, may require that you receive reciprocity in only one school in their area; the services that a school will offer varies (for instance, not all schools offer online access, some schools may offer a graduate newsletter by subscription, a fee may be required for online access, and some schools restrict access to 3Ls and graduates); and virtually all schools close reciprocity during the fall on-campus interview season, though we will offer access during the fall if another school will offer access to one of our students or graduates. Check school websites for Career Center reciprocity policies and periods when it is not offered. Also, schools may temporarily close reciprocity if they receive an overly large volume of requests.
2) As a member of the Northwest Consortium of law schools (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah), we can offer students and graduates access to job listings at the other member schools through a much more informal process. This may also be available during the fall on-campus interview season when reciprocity at other schools may be closed. If you are interested in job listings in these areas, students may access Northwest Reciprocity in Symplicity, Resources, Document Library, Reciprocity.
An additional resource is BYU's Intercollegiate Job Bank where graduate jobs newsletters are posted (which can be a great resource for 3Ls as well). Not all schools participate, but since we do, you are able to access the other newsletters on the website. Students: go to Online Resources & Passwords in Symplicity, Resources, Document Library.
If you have questions, please contact us.