Career Services Office

Reciprocity

Reciprocity is a mutual exchange of privileges between ABA-accredited and NALP member law schools. This allows law schools to provide reasonable access to their career resources for law students and graduates from other law schools that agree to provide similar services. The John Marshall Law School’s Career Services Office provides reasonable access of resources to students and graduates of law schools outside the Chicago area.

JMLS Students/Graduates Seeking Reciprocity at Other Schools

To request Reciprocity, telephone, e-mail or stop by the Career Services Office and leave your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, class year and the name of the school to which you would like to request access. The Career Services Office will write a letter to that school requesting Reciprocity on your behalf and will send you a copy of the letter. Once you receive your copy of the letter, you may then contact the career services office at the school where Reciprocity was requested and ask them if they have received the request and if Reciprocity has been granted. This process usually takes 1-2 weeks.

This list of schools offering reciprocity and their requirements is available at www.NALP.org. Select the “Professional Resources” from the menu and then “Career Services” from the drop down menu, then “Reciprocity Policies”.

NOTE: No John Marshall student may request reciprocity from another Chicago school and no students from those schools may request reciprocity at John Marshall. This rule is pursuant to an agreement through the Chicago Area Law School Consortium.

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Reciprocity Services Available

Services vary among law schools that offer Reciprocity. Some of these services may include access to:

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Reciprocity Services NOT Available

Services generally not available include, but are not limited to, the following:

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When Reciprocity is NOT Granted

Most law schools, especially The John Marshall Law School, have a “blackout” period — a time during which no reciprocity requests are granted. This usually occurs from August 1st to November 1st when law schools are preparing for and conducting their fall recruitment programs. During this period, the host law school’s students take priority.

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Length of Reciprocity and Termination

Students from other Schools (not other Chicago area schools) seeking Reciprocity will be allowed to use the CSO resources for a six-month period of time as determined by the date of original request. Any exceptions will be made on an individual basis. The rules of reciprocity vary from school to school. JMLS students seeking reciprocity from other non-Chicago schools should review the policies from other law schools at www.NALP.org. Select the “Professional Resources” from the menu and then “Career Services” from the drop down menu, then “Reciprocity Policies”.

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The John Marshall Law School Reciprocity Policy

The John Marshall Law School offers reciprocal arrangements with other accredited law schools for the mutual benefit of their and our students and graduates. The conditions of our reciprocity policy are as follows:

  1. The John Marshall Law School’s Career Services Office provides reasonable access of resources to students and graduates of law schools outside the Chicago area.
  2. Services are available only to those ABA-accredited law schools which allow students and graduates from the six Chicago area law schools (Chicago-Kent, DePaul, John Marshall, Loyola, Northwestern, and the University of Chicago) use of their facilities.
  3. Requests for reciprocity can be made to only one Chicago area law school per student or graduate. Reciprocity is not available among Chicago area law schools.
  4. Services are available to a particular student or graduate for a six-month period of time as determined by the date of original request. Any exceptions will be made on an individual basis.
  5. Services will not be available between August 1 and November 1.
  6. A letter of reciprocity from a student’s or graduate’s law school must be received prior to that person’s visit to The John Marshall Law School. The letter must indicate that the same services offered by us will be available to a John Marshall student or graduate at the requesting law school. No walk-in requests will be honored.
  7. The John Marshall Law School may deny further services to any school surpassing four (4) requests within a given calendar year.
  8. Without exception, students and graduates of other schools will not be permitted to schedule on-campus interview appointments with prospective employers.
  9. The following services will be provided to the extent that the reciprocating school provides in-kind services:
    • Current position vacancy announcements. The John Marshall Law School does not offer on-line job listing access to reciprocity students and graduates. Job postings may be reviewed in person in The John Marshall Law School’s Career Services Office.
    • Career Services Office publications and directories.
    • Handout and reprint materials.
    • Access to computers and laser printers
  10. The John Marshall Law School reserves the right to terminate reciprocity services to any student or graduate that misuses the institution’s services or facilities or the reciprocity rights conferred herein.

The John Marshall Law School Career Services Office provides postings of employment opportunities as a service to our students, graduates and employers. We make no representations or endorsements concerning the job postings or the organizations that post them. Prior to applying for a position, students and graduates are encouraged to research the employers and posted employment opportunities.

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