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MWThF 8am-5pm
Tuesday 8am-5pm

Career Development Office
4604 Calhoun Road
Bates Law Building, Suite 8
Houston, Texas 77204-6054
Phone: 713-743-2090
Fax: 713-743-2091
lawcareer@uh.edu

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Meet the Staff

Hours:
MWThF 8am-5pm
Tuesday 8am-5pm

Career Development Office
4604 Calhoun Road
Bates Law Building, Suite 8
Houston, Texas 77204-6054
Phone: 713-743-2090
Fax: 713-743-2091
lawcareer@uh.edu

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The Career Development Office (CDO) at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) is happy to offer employers the use of our facilities and any additional assistance in hopes that you will be able to find students or graduates who will meet your employment needs. We want to make you aware of the nondiscrimination policies followed by the larger university and UHLC, and ask that you provide us with assurance of your willingness as employers to observe the same principles of equal opportunity. We also want to inform you of our standards for the timing of employment offers and decisions.

Nondiscrimination Policy

UHLC is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all its students and alumni, and is committed to a policy against discrimination in employment based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, veteran status, genetic information, or disability. The facilities and/or services of the CDO may be denied to employers whose behavior contravenes UHLC’s policy based on the above-listed factors.

This office requires all employers (unless otherwise exempt by law) who use its placement services to affirm the following statement to confirm compliance with the nondiscrimination policy detailed above: "Employer gives assurance that it is an equal-opportunity employer, offering employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.

Standards for the Timing of Offers and Decisions

To promote fair and ethical practices for the interviewing and decision-making process, UHLC has adopted the following standards for the timing of offers and decisions:


General Provisions
  1. All offers to UHLC students should remain open for at least 14 days from the date of the written offer.
  2. Students are expected to accept or release offers or request an extension by the applicable deadline. Offers that are not accepted by the offer deadline expire.
  3. A student should not hold open more than five offers of employment at any one time. For each offer received that places a student over the offer limit, the student should release an offer no later than three business days after the receipt of the excess offer.
  4. Appointments with candidates for in-house interviews should be scheduled for a mutually convenient time outside of class so as not to disrupt students’ studies.
  5. Practices inconsistent with these standards should be reported to the UHLC CDO at 713-743-2090 or lawcareer@uh.edu.
  6. Employers with less than 40 attorneys or those offering part-time or temporary positions for the school term are exempted from the requirements of this policy.

Employer Contact with First-Year Students

  1. To position law students to be as successful as possible, their efforts during the first semester of law school should focus on their studies rather than on job search activities. Nonetheless, opportunities to learn about professionalism, professional development, and the legal profession are appropriate early in law school, and UHLC welcomes employer participation in student programs focused on professional development and not recruiting.
  2. Prospective employers and first-year law students should not initiate contact with one another. Employers should not initiate formal one-on-one recruiting contact with students, including applications, interviews, or offers to first-year students, before November 1. Employers should not conduct interviews of any first-year student between Thanksgiving and the student’s last final examination. An exception for earlier recruitment is granted to government employers with extensive security clearance processes.

Summer Employment Offers to First-Year Students

  1. All offers to first-year students for summer employment should remain open for at least 14 days from the date of the written offer.
  2. Students may accept the offer at any time prior to the offer deadline and should strive to make offer decisions in a timely manner.
  3. Employers are strongly discouraged from making summer employment offers to first-year students that obligate students to work for the same employer during their first and second summer (as compared to providing students the option to return for their second summer). If an employer does request a commitment from a first-year student to work for them during their second summer, the employment should be for a maximum of two weeks at the end of the second summer term.

Summer Employment Offers to Upper-class Students

  1. Offers for summer employment should remain open for at least 14 days from the date of the written offer. Reasonable student requests for extensions should be honored.
  2. Offers for summer employment made before the start of UHLC’s On-Campus Interview (OCI): Session I should remain open for at least 14 days from the first day of OCI: Session I. UHLC’s OCI: Session I schedule can be found online here or employers can contact the CDO at 713-743-2090 or lawcareer@uh.edu to determine these dates.

Full-Time Employment Offers to Upper-class Students Previously Employed by Employer

  1. Employers offering full-time positions to commence following graduation to any student previously employed by them should leave those offers open until at least September 15 of the student’s final year of law school, provided that such offers are made prior to or on September 2.
  2. Students should reaffirm these offers within 28 days from the date of the written offer, if an employer requests such reaffirmation in its written offer. Employers that have requested this reaffirmation may retract any offer that is not reaffirmed within the 28-day period.
  3. After September 2 of a student's final year of law school, employers offering full-time positions to commence following graduation to students previously employed by them should leave those offers open for at least 14 days from the date of the written offer.

Full-Time Employment Offers to Upper-class Students Not Previously Employed by Employer

  1. Employers offering full-time positions to commence following graduation to any student not previously employed by them should leave those offers open for at least 14 days from the date of the written offer.
  2. Offers for full-time employment made before the start of UHLC’s On-Campus Interview (OCI): Session I should remain open for at least 14 days from the first day of OCI: Session I. UHLC’s OCI: Session I schedule can be found online here or employers can contact the CDO at 713-743-2090 or lawcareer@uh.edu to determine these dates.