While large employers typically have large Summer Associate Programs and usually extend offers for summer employment many months in advance, smaller and mid-sized firms typically hire few students and extend offers for summer employment in the Spring. This difference does not mean that smaller and mid-sized employers warrant less of our attention and care. Smaller and mid-sized firms provide important opportunities for students to gain high quality practical experience, and because of the nature of smaller firm practice, it is even more important to identify the students best suited to the particular practice setting and practice area. With this in mind, NYLS has established a Spring Recruitment Program that tracks summer hiring timing and related concerns experienced by smaller and mid-sized firms.
Each year we invite small and mid-sized private employers to participate in our Spring Recruitment On-Campus (OCI) and Resume Collect (RC) programs. In OCI, employers identify dates they would like to conduct interviews of their selected candidates. Employers in our RC Program conduct interviews at their own offices after they receive and review the package of the collected application materials.
We begin accepting registrations from interested employers in November. The NYLS Employer Relations team publishes the information from employers registered for the Spring Recruitment Session to all first and second year students, beginning in late January. Interviewing usually begins in mid-to-late February and continues into April.
If you wish to participate in our Spring Recruitment Program, please contact any member of the Employer Relations Team and ask to receive the Spring Recruitment Program invitation that will be sent to employers in November. As always, our Employer Relations Team is ready to provide additional information and to answer your questions regarding this program.
that smaller firms may have limited resources for hiring law students NYLS
extends its Federal Work-Study (FWS) program to off-campus employers. It
helps employers; it aids students in building their experience and
lawyering skills. Students, who are awarded work-study grants, are able to
use their NYLS grant for 50% of their hourly compensation for private
sector employers. Student awards can be used for academic year and summer
employment. Since the vast majority of the funding is expended in the
summer, it is very important that employers and students start making
arrangements early on in the Spring because funding varies from year to
year and is not guaranteed. The program is operated by the Office of
Financial Aid. The members of the Employer
Relations Team will gladly help small employers connect with the Office
of Financial Aid.