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Important Notice: Federal and State Labor Laws for Unpaid Internships

Chapman University Fowler School of Law is committed to a policy against discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable state or federal law. The services and facilities of the Career Services Office are available only to those employers who observe the principle of equal opportunity and whose practices are consistent with this policy.

Use of the law school’s facilities by any prospective employer constitutes a representation by the employer that its employment practices are in accord with the law school’s nondiscrimination policy. The Fowler School of Law expects that all employers will consider, in good faith, each applicant on the basis of his or her individual merits.

If you have any questions, please contact the Assistant Dean of Career Services

+-Career Counseling

Students may schedule appointments with a counselor for one-on-one counseling anytime, with one (NALP) exception: In accordance with National Association for Law Placement guidelines, first-year students may not receive one-on-one counseling until November 1st of their first year.

Counseling may occur on a drop-in basis or students may schedule an appointment. While walk-ins are always welcome, our counselors cannot guarantee their availability.

+-Prescreening Application Materials

Here at the Career Services Office, we work with every student and graduate, regardless of class rank, grade point average or area of interest. We encourage you to schedule a session with a counselor so that you can explore the resources we have at the CSO, and get specific advice for your job search. As we like to say in the CSO, “the better we know you, the better we can help you!”

Unfortunately, while it is the CSO’s policy to work with every student and graduate, some employers that recruit at the law school have certain prerequisites for applicants. These requirements are usually related to grade point average, class rank or undergraduate major. For instance, many large firms will require candidates to rank in the top 10% of their class. Tax or patent firms may require applicants to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam or the patent bar exam, meaning an undergraduate degree in accounting or science will be required. You should carefully review each job posting on Symplicity to determine if you meet all eligibility requirements before applying.

To accommodate employers and facilitate the hiring process, the CSO has developed a screening policy for students and alumni with respect to those employers that have eligibility requirements. Specifically, the policy states:

  1. All eligibility requirements will be listed in the job posting for candidates to review.  
  2. Any person who applies for a job and appears to not meet the requirements (e.g., insufficient class rank) will be sent a communication from the CSO explaining the discrepancy. The candidate will then have a limited time period to either withdraw his application or provide the CSO with timely evidence of eligibility to apply. 
  3. If the applicant does not provide the CSO with timely evidence of eligibility, his materials will not be sent to the employer. 
  4. For purposes of determining class rank, the CSO will use the official rankings calculated annually by the Registrar’s Office.

We ask that you respect the guidelines described above, as they allow us to work efficiently with a wide variety of employers. Please also note that job postings with these types of minimum requirements represent a minority of the postings on Symplicity. Therefore, we encourage you to meet with a CSO counselor to explore all the relevant resources we have available to see what best meets your job search needs. We work with all students and alumni, so please feel free to contact a counselor for assistance.

+-Working While in Law School

ABA Restrictions: Students engaged in full-time legal study are cautioned that the American Bar Association (ABA) prohibits employment from exceeding twenty hours weekly during the academic year. A full-time student is defined as one who devotes substantially all of his or her working hours to the study of law. While part-time students are not bound by these same restrictions, students should allow ample time for studies because the study of law is demanding.

First-Year Students: Due to the ABA limitations on student employment, faculty discourage full-time students from taking any employment during their first year of legal study. Academic standards are not altered to take account of demands imposed by employment.

Use of CSO Equipment: Students and graduates may use any materials in the Career Services Resource Center. Some materials are available to check out. A computer, printer, copier, and fax machine are available to students to assist in their job seeking efforts.

+-Job Postings

The Fowler School of Law reserves the right to post or remove any job opportunity from its website, with or without cause, at its sole non-grievable discretion.

+-Interview Cancellations

The Fowler School of Law Career Services Office expects that students participating in the on-campus interview program will demonstrate the highest levels of professional behavior. In order to enhance and preserve the professional reputation of all law students, the Career Services Office has adopted the following policy which is binding upon all students.

Arriving late for an interview or failing to cancel a scheduled interview reflects poorly upon the individual candidate and upon law students in the aggregate. If you need to withdraw from an on-campus interview, please contact the Career Services Office no later than 48 hours prior to your interview. In the case of unanticipated illness or emergency, please contact the Career Services Office at -714-628-2517 as soon as possible.

If you fail to attend a scheduled on-campus interview without any prior notice, you will need to meet with one of the career counselors and draft an apology letter to the employer. Future on-campus interviewing privileges may be suspended at the discretion of the Director of Career Services, subject to compliance with this policy.

+-CSO Support of Law Student Organizations

The Career Services Office welcomes partnering with student organizations to provide career services-related panels and events. Student leaders interested in co-sponsoring an event should submit a written request to the Director of Career Services (link to contact page) including: (1) a brief description of the event, (2) how the student organization would like the CSO to support them, and (3) if any funding is being requested, the student leader should provide how much is remaining in the student organization’s budget. The CSO can provide up to $75 per event, but funding is provided on a first-come-first-serve basis and also takes into consideration the ability of the organization to pay and the activity level of the organization.

+-Reciprocity

The Career Services Office is available to assist Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law current law student and graduates.  Additionally, we are happy to work with graduates and students of other ABA-accredited law schools located outside of the Southern California area through the reciprocity process. In order to provide effective service to both our students and to visitors, please note the following:

  1. Requests for reciprocity must be made in writing via e-mail by the Career Services Office of the student's/graduate's law school. This must be done before using our Career Services Office. Please include the requestor's e-mail so that acceptance letters may be sent to both the student/graduate and the requesting law school
  2. The requesting ABA school must be located outside of the immediate Southern California area (i.e., Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego Counties).
  3. Reciprocity services include temporary online access of our online job listings as well as in office use of our resource library. These services are granted at the discretion of the Career Services Office and priority will be given to Fowler Law School students and graduates. Reciprocity services do not include individual counseling, resume review services, on-campus interviews, or the ability to borrow books or videos. Reciprocity services will be granted to the same extent that Fowler Law School students and alumni receive reciprocity from the requesting school.
  4. Reciprocity is granted for a period of three months, after which time the student/graduate will need to reapply for reciprocity. A reciprocity guest may only make a request twice in an academic year.
  5. Reciprocity will be granted on a one-to-one basis with the requestee’s school.
  6. No services will be granted during Fall OCI. The blackout period begins July 1 and ends November 1; however, if the requesting school has a longer blackout period (e.g., July 1- December 1), Fowler Law School will not grant the request until the requesting school’s later date.
  7. The Career Services Office may restrict or revoke reciprocity privileges to any individual who misuses the facilities or services, or to any law school surpassing a reasonable number of requests within any academic year.
  8. Fowler Law School students are limited to ten (10) school requests during one academic year.

Please send your requests to:  Michelle Q. Nguyen, Law Recruiting Program Manager, Career Services Office, Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, One University Drive, Orange CA 92866. E-mail requests may be sent to:  minguyen@chapman.edu.

+-Non-Discrimination Policy

Chapman University Fowler School of Law is committed to a policy against discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable state or federal law. The services and facilities of the Career Services Office are available only to those employers who observe the principle of equal opportunity and whose practices are consistent with this policy.

Use of the law school's facilities by any prospective employer constitutes a representation by the employer that its employment practices are in accord with the law school's nondiscrimination policy. Fowler School of Law expects that all employers will consider, in good faith, each applicant on the basis of his or her individual merits.

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