Responding to Callbacks & Employment Offers

Students may still be receiving callback invitations. If so, it is important to balance interviewing with other factors such as school, extracurricular activities, and work. You don’t want to overextend yourself because your performance in interviews, and in your other activities, may suffer. You also don’t want to accept a callback interview with an employer with whom you are sure you would not accept an offer of employment. It is unfair to the employer and other interviewing students to do so.

The CSO also encourages students to respond to employment offers in a prompt and courteous manner. In fairness to both employers and peers, students should act in good faith to promptly decline offers for employment that are no longer being seriously considered. Holding an employment offer when you have no intention of accepting it does a disservice to both your classmates, who might be extended an offer if you were to decline, and to employers who are working hard to organize successful and well-attended summer programs.

The CSO endorses NALP’s “Principles and Standards for Law Placement and Recruiting Activities.”  Notwithstanding the NALP 28-day period to respond to offers (read Part V), early or immediate acceptance of offers by students nationwide may be prevalent. Law firms who reach their summer class targets before all outstanding offers are accepted or expire may decide to rescind such outstanding offers to avoid over hiring. It is important to consider your offers carefully and thoroughly but as timely as possible.

If you have any questions about callbacks or responding to employment offers, please contact a CSO career counselor at 232-1150.