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Reciprocity

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Many law schools, including Syracuse, participate in a reciprocity network which allows students and alumni to use the career resources at another law school for job searching. While reciprocity is certainly not the only way to find a job in another city, the resources at another school may help you organize your search more efficiently and save you some steps in gathering information about prospective employers in that area.

Policies and services vary from school to school.  It is important to carefully review the policies of schools you are interested in gaining reciprocity from prior to submitting the online request form.  Many schools will post their reciprocity policy directly on their career development website.  In addition, students may refer to NALP for an alphabetical list of policies for all participating schools.  This can be found on the
NALP website.

Once you have identified your target school and submitted the necessary form, Syracuse will send a letter of request. You will receive a copy of this letter and of the school's response either granting or denying reciprocity.  If the request is granted, you will need to show your copy of the grant letter when you arrive at the other school.

Note to Students from Other Law Schools: If you are interested in visiting Syracuse University College of Law's Office of Professional & Career Development, you must contact your own school's career services office to request reciprocity. We cannot grant requests directly from students.

Reciprocity must be requested online using the following form:  Reciprocity Request Form


If you have not yet determined your eligibility, here's what you need to know before requesting reciprocity:

1.       Reciprocity is not guaranteed. Some schools do not offer reciprocity at all. Schools in large metropolitan areas such as New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Washington, DC have very restrictive policies due to the large number of requests they receive.

2.       Typically you will only be granted reciprocity from one school in a geographic area per year.

3.       Schools require advance written notice. Plan to submit a request form to Professional & Career Development at least three weeks prior to your anticipated visit. During this time we will send your request to the other school that will in turn grant or deny the request.

4.       Note that most schools are "closed" to reciprocity requests from July 15 through November 15 so it is important to plan ahead.

5.       Many schools limit the number of reciprocity requests they will grant.  Many schools have a one-to-one policy under which Syracuse must grant reciprocity to one of their students before they will grant reciprocity to another Syracuse student.

6.       Reciprocity services vary from school to school. Typically, with reciprocity you may have access to job listings, hard copy resources and possibly counseling services. Do not expect to use the school's computer(s) or to participate in on-campus interview programs or career fairs.

7.       Reciprocity does not guarantee job search success. Keep in mind that less than 20% of law school graduates nationwide find employment through job postings.

 

Office of Professional & Career Development
Syracuse University College of Law
E.I. White Hall, Suite 344
Syracuse, NY 13244
315-443-1941
career@law.syr.edu