Recruitment Policy

Summary of UCLA Law Guidelines Relating to Offers from
Employers for the 2020 Recruiting Season (2Ls/3Ls)

UCLA Law values its relationship with employers and welcomes an open communication throughout the recruiting process. The below guidelines were formulated to promote fairness amid the pressures of the recruiting season. Although UCLA Law strongly requests that employers adhere to the below guidelines, students are responsible for keeping track of deadlines and requirements communicated by employers. NALP, the National Association for Law Placement, has developed principles to guide the conduct of employers, students and law schools in the recruitment process. Members of NALP (including UCLA Law, other law schools, and many employers) have agreed to govern their behavior in accordance with these principles. As representatives of UCLA Law, students are expected to comply with NALP's Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process. In addition, students and employers must comply with UCLA Law Career Services Policies.



Summer Employment for the Following Summer. 


Timing: 21 days to respond to written offers (with noted exceptions and extensions below.)

Writing:  Offers should be confirmed in writing.

Reaffirmation: Required in writing if requested (see below).

Expiring Offers: Candidates are expected to accept or release offers or request an extension (see below) by the applicable deadline. Offers that are not accepted by the offer deadline may expire.

Early Offers:  Pre-OCI offers should not expire until at least 21 days after the first day of OCI. (For 2020, OCI begins July 27.)

Full-Time Post-Graduate Employment When the Student Was Not Previously Employed by that Employer.

Timing: The above guidelines also apply to students offered post-graduate positions where the students was not previously employed by that employer.  Early offers should not expire until at least 21 days after first day of OCI of the student's final year.

Full-Time Post-Graduate Employment When the Student Was Previously Employed by that Employer.

Timing: Offers made prior to or on Sept 10 should remain open until at least October 1 of the student's final year of law school. Offers made after Sept 9 of the student's final year of law school should remain open for at least 21 days from the date of the offer letter.

14 Day Reaffirmation 

Request: If requested in the offer letter (or email), student must reaffirm offer within 14 days from offer letter date, or the offer can be retracted.

How to reaffirm:  Any reaffirmation requirement should be stated in the offer letter, including the firm's policy of reaffirmation (e.g. instructions for when and how to reaffirm).  Because the purpose is for the firm to know a student remains interested, reaffirmation should be close to and before the reaffirmation deadline (i.e. not right after receiving the offer).

4 Offer Limit

Over 4 offers:  Students should not leave open more than 4 offers at a time. For each offer over 4, students must release an offer within one week of receiving a new offer over the limit.

Extensions of Deadlines

Requesting Extensions:  Students may ask for a reasonable extension (i.e., 7 days) beyond the offer deadline, but employers are not obligated to extend the offer. Students and employers should be reasonable with such requests.

Public Interest Search: Students may request a longer extension if they are actively pursuing positions with public interest or government organizations. Students may hold open only 1 offer in such circumstances, and employers are encouraged to grant reasonable requests for extensions.


Students/Employers should abide by NALP's Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process and UCLA Law Career Services Policies