Recruiting Program

Recruiting Program Overview

Each year, the formal Fall Recruiting Program offers Chicago-Kent students in their second and third years the opportunity to interview for summer associate/law clerk or entry-level associate/staff attorney positions with a variety of legal employers. While some employers will interview students during on-campus interviews, others will do resume collections or need to be contacted directly by students. Typically, most of the recruiting activities take place in August and September each year.

Moreover, we cannot emphasize enough that the formal Recruiting Program is by no means the only way in which students find jobs. That is why it is so important that you work with your career advisor on developing your own career plan. Our entire staff realizes that in these challenging times many opportunities are "on hold" but we are optimistic that things will improve. Your advisor will be working with you individually on how best to position yourself for future career opportunities.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Full-Time Students

Those who will be 2Ls (graduating in May 2024) and 3Ls (graduating in May 2023) are eligible to participate in the program. 2Ls will interview for summer associate/summer law clerk positions. 3Ls will interview for full-time, entry-level attorney positions after graduation.

Part-Time Students

Part-time students who plan to graduate in May 2024 or December 2023 are eligible to participate as 2Ls. Those who plan to graduate in May 2023 or December 2022 are eligible to participate as 3Ls.

All part-time students who plan to graduate in May 2024 or December 2023 must be listed in Symplicity as 2Ls for the purpose of participating in OCI. All part-time students who plan to graduate in May 2023 or December 2022 must be listed in Symplicity as 3Ls for the purpose of participating in OCI. 

Important Note 

All students must check their profiles in Symplicity to make sure their graduation date is correct and they are listed with the proper class year (2L or 3L) before participating in OCI. If your class year or graduation date is incorrect, please make the change.

Principles and Standards for Recruitment and Hiring

The National Association for Law Placement (NALP), of which Chicago-Kent is a member, has established Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process that legal employers, law schools and law students are expected to abide by. These Principles were created to ensure fair and ethical hiring practices; they explain the behavior expected of both employers and students during the recruitment process. Review these standards in detail, noting in particular the Principles for Candidates.

Students should also refer to the rules and ethics code in the student handbook.

PLEASE NOTE: We would be thrilled if all those who wanted to be hired by employers with formal recruiting programs could be. However, these types of legal employers hire a very small percentage of all the nation's law school graduates, making these positions extremely competitive. Please keep in mind that the formal Recruiting program is just one avenue to legal employment and, depending on your academic credentials, career goals and practice interests, it may not be the appropriate avenue for you. If you are uncertain whether this is a program you should participate in, or if you would like to evaluate other employment opportunities, please make an appointment to discuss your options with your Career Advisor.