Student Policies

First Year Students

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 October 15 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.

Student Employment Limitations

In accordance with ABA recommendations, students may not engage in employment for more than 20 hours per week in any semester. 

Discrimination Complaint Procedures

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: 

  • A complaint is placed in a confidential Career and Professional Development file and the employer is monitored for future complaints.
  • The CPD Director contacts the employer to discuss the the incident.
  • The CPD Director gives written notice to the employer of the complaint and requests a written response.

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:

  • Publicize the complaint to the UST Law community
  • Send a letter of reprimand to the employer
  • Place the employer on a specified period of probation
  • Suspend the employer's use of career services and facilities for a specified period of time
  • Impose any other sanctions it deems appropriate

Confidentiality

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.

Employment Postings

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.

Student Employment Reporting

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.

Reciprocity

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:

  • Reciprocity gives students and graduates from other law schools the ability to use our Office of Career and Professional Development resources for a 90-day period starting from the date of the original request.
  • Requests for reciprocity must be sent to Dan Winterlin at daniel.winterlin@stthomas.edu
  • Only University of St. Thomas School of Law students are permitted to participate in our on-campus interview or resume collections with employers.
  • No reciprocity services will be granted between August 1 and November 1.
  • Reciprocal services are only available to students/graduates whose law schools grant reciprocal privileges to students/graduates of the University of St. Thomas School of Law.
  • Reciprocity is granted on a case-by-case basis.
  • The University of St. Thomas School of Law Director of Career and Professional Development has the discretion to deny services to individuals if they demonstrate inappropriate or hostile attitudes or behaviors
  • Please note reciprocal services are limited to:
  • Access to job listings (provided the school seeking reciprocity allows the University of St. Thomas School of Law students and Graduates the same access)
  • Use of print and online resources.
  • One, 30-minute visits during the 90-days with one of our Career and Professional Development staff.

NALP Guidelines

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