»Employer Frequently Asked Questions

+-I need to hire a law clerk. What types of positions are available for students?

The term "law clerk" has a generic meaning. In particular, we recommend that you give the title to the student based on the following:

Law Clerk: Paid position; no school credit. The student may be responsible for legal research and writing, and other related work.

Summer Associate: Paid position; no school credit. These are positions Filled by 2Ls during the summer at large firms. Summer Associates are recruited in the fall of their 2L year, primarily via On-Campus Interviewing, Resume Collection, and Resume Direct Applications. Some firms offer summer associate programs for 1Ls; however, the majority of the positions are offered to second-year students.

Intern: Unpaid position; no school credit. These positions are prevalent in the public sector (e.g., government agencies, public interest organizations). Interns perform work similar to that of a law clerk.

Extern: Unpaid position; school credit. Similar to an intern, an extern would primarily work in the public and non-profit sector. Those hired by judges (while in law school) would also be considered an extern. There are other opportunities for externships in other sectors, such as entertainment. For more information, please visit our Externship Program.

+-I need a law clerk ASAP. Where do I announce the job?

If you are looking to fill an immediate position, we can advertise the job on Symplicity, our online job bulletin board. Please follow the link to Post a Job.

+-I forgot my Symplicity password. How can I retrieve it?

Please contact the Recruitment Manager to have your password resent to you.

+-Do you post attorney positions?

Absolutely. In addition, we encourage you to post other positions, including, paralegal, a post- graduate law clerk, or a non-traditional job for law school graduates. Jobs are available for alumni on Symplicity 24 hours a day. We also moderate the "Alumni Job Seeker Listserv" to promote active job postings.

+-How many hours can students work?

Full-time students are allowed to work no more than 20 hours/week during the academic year, while full-time (40 hours/week) employment is permitted during the summer. Part-time students do not have the same work restrictions.

+-How much should I be prepared to pay a law clerk?

While there is not a set hourly rate, most law clerks will receive $12-25/hour depending on the nature of the work and experience of the applicant.

+-I need to fill a position, but don't want to advertise to the general students and/or alumni population. Can Career Services help me prescreen qualified candidates?

Absolutely. We would be more than happy to provide more personalized service by pre-screening applicants to make your recruitment efforts more efficient. Please contact the Assistant Dean of Career Services for more information.

+-How do I participate in On-Campus Interviewing (OCI)?

We offer two OCI seasons: Fall (August - September) and Spring (February - March). Please visit our OCI page for details.

+-Is there a fee(s) to post a job, participate in OCI, or represent my firm at a career fair?

No. All Chapman-sponsored events and programs are completely free of charge. This includes on-campus parking.

+-What types of recruiting events does Career Services offer?

The CSO has annual events/opportunities, which include (but are not limited to):

  • Fall OCI (August - September) & Spring OCI (February - March)
  • Resume Book (distributed twice a year)
  • Resume Collections (part of Fall & Spring Recruitment)
  • Job Postings (via Symplicity and other sources)
  • Small & Mid-Sized Law Firm Career Fair (Spring)


Southern California Law School Consortium Events:

  • IP Associate Search (hosted by Whittier Law School)
  • IP Road Show (hosted by Whittier Law School)
  • Public Interest Career Day (hosted by UCLA School of Law)
  • Entertainment Law Day (hosted by Southwestern Law School)
  • Government Day (hosted by Chapman University Fowler School of Law)
  • Patent Job Fair (hosted by Loyola Law School, Chicago)
  • Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair (in Washington, D.C.)

Please contact the Recruitment Manager for more information about these programs.

+-Is video conferencing available?

Yes. We encourage you to consider interviewing students via video conferencing, if you cannot be here to interview on campus. We can coordinate these interviews with your IT department. Please contact the Recruitment Manager for more information.

+-Does Chapman have an Attorney Mentor Program?

Yes. The program typically kicks off in the spring, and we try to match each participating mentor with a first-year (1L) student. Contact the Assistant Dean of Career Services if you would like to participate.

+-Can I begin interviewing after I receive resumes from Symplicity?

Yes. Once you receive resumes and screen your respective candidate(s), please invite students to your office for an interview.

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