In accordance with the standards and guidelines of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), the Office of Career and Professional Development is not available to students for career advice prior to November 1 of their first academic year. Direct contact or communication between employers and first year students before December 1 is prohibited. These rules are intended to prevent diversions from academic work during the critical early months of law school.
In accordance with ABA recommendations, students may not engage in employment for more than 20 hours per week in any semester. First year students at UST Law must receive permission from Scott Swanson to work during the school year.
Students may file a complaint alleging offensive or discriminatory behavior on the part of interviewers or employers. At the time of filing a complaint, a student may use one of the following informal procedures:
Alternatively, the student may file a formal complaint. Upon receipt of a formal complaint, an Advisory Committee will investigate the allegations and determine whether the employer engaged in discriminatory behavior or some other violation of our career placement policies. If the Advisory Committee concludes there was a violation of UST Law policy, it will take one or more of the following actions:
A student's right to privacy will be preserved during the recruiting and reporting process. Information protected by federal, state or local law will not be disclosed without proper consent from the student. Students should be aware, however, that information might be shared within the CPD office to facilitate speedy service for that student. Information may also be shared with other UST Law offices if the CPD staff believes doing so will improve services to the student. Questions regarding this policy may be directed to the Director of Career & Prof. Development.
All employment opportunities shared with the CPD office are made available to the entire student body. CPD will not prescreen student qualifications for compliance with an employer's selection criteria. An employer's preferred qualifications will be listed in the posting as long as they do not conflict with equal employment opportunity guidelines set out in UST Law's non-discrimination policy.
When CPD posts a job posting in the Career Center, that act does not represent an endorsement of the employer by the University of St. Thomas, nor an endorsement of the views or values held by that employer. Prospective applicants are encouraged and expected to research independently the employers and opportunities listed.
In accordance with the Principles and Standards of NALP, students should notify CPD of their acceptance or rejection of employment offers at the earliest possible time.
The University of St. Thomas School of Law is a member of NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professionals. As a member, UST follows NALP's guidelines for counseling and hiring. NALP's standards for job offers and other issues can be found on the NALP website. All UST students are expected to follow these guidelines. Go to NALP Principles & Standards
UST School of Law is governed by the non-discrimination policy of its parent university. The University of St. Thomas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance in the employment of faculty or staff, the admission or treatment of students, or in the operation of its educational programs and activities. UST Law complies with this non-discrimination statement in all of its own activities, and it expects that employers to whom it furnishes assistance of any kind, including facilities for interviewing, do not discriminate on any of these grounds.
The Office of Career and Professional Development will not post job notices or otherwise disseminate employment information to students when a non-lawyer is seeking a law student to do legal research. This policy is to prevent students from being placed in a situation where they could be called upon to render a "legal opinion." Unless the research is being performed under the supervision and guidance of a licensed attorney, the "legal opinion" could be construed as practicing law without a license.
The University of St. Thomas School of Law is a member of NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professionals. As a member, we follow NALP's guidelines for counseling and hiring. NALP's standards for job offers and other issues can be found on the NALP website. All UST students are expected to follow these guidelines.
The Office of Career and Professional Development is pleased to offer reciprocal services to students and graduates whose law school also grants reciprocal privileges to students at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.
The following conditions apply: