For Employers

Thank you for your interest in Notre Dame Law School students and graduates.

Notre Dame is consistently ranked among the nation's finest law schools, and Notre Dame Lawyers practice in all 50 states and internationally. Our graduates are engaged in private practice at law firms large and small, as prosecutors and public defenders, in other branches of government and public service, in business, and in a wide variety of other capacities. We are confident that you will be pleased with the skills and work ethic that Notre Dame Law School graduates provide.

Please use the links on this page to explore the many ways you can interact with our students and graduates. We encourage you to contact Allison Wruble, Recruiting Program Manager, at 574-631-7398 or via email at awruble@nd.edu to discuss your recruiting needs.

Download the Notre Dame Law School NALP Form. For additional information, please visit the NALP Directory of Law Schools.

New York Bar Admission – Skills Competency Requirement

Beginning with the Class of 2019, applicants for admission to the New York State Bar must establish that they have acquired the skills and competencies to practice law. Notre Dame Law students must obtain 15 credit hours of practice-based experiential coursework. Six of the 15 credits may be gained through certified full-time summer work experience.

Read more about the requirement here.


Interviews

On-Campus Interviews

We invite you to participate in our on-campus interviews and see why Notre Dame students excel in their legal training and stand out with their leadership and service. Each fall, employers have the opportunity to conduct on-campus interviews with second- and third-year students interested in serving as summer associates or in entry-level positions. In the spring, this program is expanded to include first-year students interested in summer associate or internship positions.

In 2018, our fall on-campus interview season will begin Monday, August 6 and continue through the end of November. Registration is now open for Early Interview Week (August 6-10). You may register directly through Symplicity or by completing our registration form.

Why recruit at Notre Dame Law School?
Of course, our talented students are worth the trip. But in addition, we make visiting as easy as possible.

- We charge no fees to visit campus. It’s free!
- We create custom schedules for every employer, every time. We are happy to accommodate specific start and end times or necessary breaks throughout the day. 
- We afford 70% pre-selection of candidates for the interview schedule. The remaining 30% is filled through a lottery process of qualifying bids. All lottery bids are screened for eligibility, and only those that meet stated requirements enter the lottery process.
- All interviews take place at the beautiful law school right in the heart of University of Notre Dame’s campus.

For more information, download our OCI Employer Overview.

Need more convincing? To discuss OCI or other recruiting options, please contact our Recruiting Program Manager, Ali Wruble, at awruble@nd.edu or 574-631-7398.

If you are unable to come to campus to meet our students in person, we would be happy to collect resumes for your review. Please complete our resume collection request. You may email the completed form to our Recruiting Program Manager at awruble@nd.edu or fax it to 574-631-4789.

Video Interviews

We have a dedicated student video interview facility. If you are interested in arranging video interviews, we are happy to accommodate you. Please feel free to contact Heidi Baguer at hbaguer@nd.edu for more information and scheduling options.

New York Off-Campus Interview Program

Each year, Notre Dame Law School hosts an off-campus interview program in New York City, a market that consistently attracts a high number of our students. Participating employers interview pre-screened second- and third-year law students committed to the New York legal market at a convenient local site requiring minimal travel time and expense. There is no registration fee for students or employers.

Our 2018 program will be held on Monday, July 30 and Tuesday, July 31. Registration is now open! You may register directly through Symplicity or by contacting Ali Wruble via email at awruble@nd.edu.

If you have any questions or want to discuss specifics, please contact Ali at awruble@nd.edu.

Dallas Off-Campus Interview Program

We are thrilled to announce that our newest off-campus interview program in Dallas, Texas will continue! Participating employers can collect resumes and/or interview 2L and 3L candidates with a 100% pre-selected schedule. There is no registration fee for students or employers.

Our 2018 program will be held in late July with the exact date to be announced soon. Registration is now open! You may register directly through Symplicity or by contacting Ali Wruble via email at awruble@nd.edu

If you have any questions or want to discuss specifics, please contact Ali at awruble@nd.edu.

The Law Consortium – Expanded Off-Campus Interview Programs

Notre Dame Law School is a proud member of The Law Consortium. Since 1995, The Law Consortium, which is a group of national, top-ranked law schools, have joined forces to bring outstanding students together with interested legal employers in major markets across the country. The Consortium provides legal employers the unique opportunity to recruit students from multiple law schools at one time and in one location.

  • Boston College Law School
  • Boston University Law School
  • The George Washington University Law School
  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • Notre Dame Law School
  • The University of Texas School of Law
     

Each year, thousands of second-year and third-year law students from our schools have the opportunity to submit resumes to participating employers for clerkships, internships and permanent positions. Legal employers have the opportunity to prescreen students with a strong interest in their geographic area and bring students directly to them, making these interview programs an effective avenue to recruit top law students.

In 2018, Notre Dame Law School will participate in several recruiting programs with The Law Consortium:

This year, the Law Consortium will add two new resume collections in Atlanta and Houston. Details coming soon!

More detailed information about each specific program, including exact location information and important deadlines, is available at The Law Consortium website or by clicking on each city name above.

For any and all questions, please contact Ali Wruble, Recruiting Program Manager, at awruble@nd.edu.

Pre-Screening

Employers are permitted to specify either required or preferred hiring criteria for interview candidates. When visiting campus, Notre Dame Law School permits employers to fill 70% of their interview slots with students they have selected. Once employers have made their pre-selections, the remaining 30% of the interview slots are filled by a lottery process from the pool of submitted student bids, consistent with any specified hiring requirements.

Notre Dame Law School does not rank its students and maintains a very rigorous grading system. Employers are strongly encouraged to acquaint themselves with the Law School’s grading policy prior to specifying any hiring criteria. We are happy to answer any questions relating to the policy.

Recruiting Fees – Supporting Public Interest Work

There are no fees attached to recruiting at Notre Dame. We do, however, ask that private employers participating in our recruiting programs consider a voluntary $250 donation to our summer stipend program. 100 percent of employer gifts are used to fund this program, which provides stipends to those students who have accepted unpaid summer internships with public interest employers. Each summer, this program supports legal services to those most in need of the energy, dedication, and talent of Notre Dame Law School students. Additionally, a full 100 percent of this donation is tax-deductible. When participants register for our recruiting programs, they receive additional information about this voluntary gift.

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Post a Job/Collect Resumes

We would be happy to collect resumes from our talented students and/or alumni to assist in your recruiting efforts. You are welcome to request a resume collection at any time of year. There is no charge for this service.

  • For 2L summer positions and 3L entry-level positions, our “fall” resume collections take place beginning June 15 each year. By activating the postings on a set date, we allow our students to plan their summer job search and employer outreach most effectively. Any posting requests for such positions received after June 15 will simply be activated upon receipt.
  • You are welcome to determine how long you would like the collection period to last and via what method you would like to receive our students’ materials.

To publicize your opportunity to our students and/or alumni, please enter the posting through Symplicity (as a job posting) or complete our resume collection request. You may e-mail the completed form to our Recruiting Program Manager at awruble@nd.edu or fax it to (574) 631-4789.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact the Career Development Office at 574-631-7542 or awruble@nd.edu.

We look forward to working with you!

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Programming & Events

Presentations & Programming

We invite and encourage employers of all types to participate in the programming here at Notre Dame Law School. Students greatly benefit from the real-world experience of practitioners and professionals, which can be challenging to accurately capture in the classroom. If you have an idea for a program you would like to present or sponsor, or if you would like to see what programming opportunities have already been developed by our office, please contact us at lawjobs@nd.edu. We look forward to hearing from you.
 

Receptions

Employers are invited to host receptions and social events throughout the year to meet and interact with our talented students. Whether it is an informal lunch, cocktail reception or formal dinner, we welcome you! If you wish to schedule an event, please contact Ali Wruble, Recruiting Program Manager, at awruble@nd.edu. We are more than happy to help you with your plans.

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Policies

Grading Policy

Notre Dame Law School’s system judges its students against a high Notre Dame standard rather than against student performance at other institutions. Grades are issued based on the following scale:

  • A: 4.000
  • A-: 3.667
  • B+: 3.333
  • B: 3.000
  • B-: 2.667
  • C+: 2.333
  • C: 2.000
  • C-: 1.667
  • D: 1.000
  • F: 0.000

Notre Dame Law School does not rank students. The University computes law school means for grade point averages, and those are provided below for your information.

  Average GPA
(Spring 2018 semester)
Average Cumulative GPA 
(through Spring 2018
semester)
Class of 2018 3.454 3.391
Class of 2019 3.450 3.363
Class of 2020 3.317 3.316

Grades for law students shall comply with the following means and distributions:
The law school implemented a grade normalization policy beginning in 2011-12, with mandatory mean and distribution ranges. Law student grades are based on the following means and distributions:

1L Courses (except for 1L elective, which is graded as an upper‐level course, and Legal Writing (I & II))
Mean: 3.25 to 3.30
Distribution: A 8‐14%; A‐ 15‐25%; B+ 25‐35%; B 25‐35%; B‐ 7‐13%; <C+ 0‐10%

1L Legal Writing (I & II)
Mean: 3.15 to 3.45
Distribution: none
*Note: Prior to 2015-16, 1L Legal Writing courses were subject to the same mean and distribution as all other 1L courses.

Large Upper‐Level Courses ( ≥ 25 students)
Mean: 3.25 to 3.35
Distribution: A 8‐18%; A‐ 15‐25%; B+ 20‐35%; B 20‐35%; B‐ 5‐15%; <C+ 0‐10%

Paper-Based* Small Upper-Level Courses (10 to 24 students)
Mean: 3.15 to 3.60
Distribution: none
*Note: A “paper-based” course is one in which the primary means of evaluating all students in the course is one or more papers, as opposed to an exam or other means of evaluation. Prior to 2015-16, such courses were subject to the same mean and distribution as all other small upper-level courses.

Other Small Upper‐Level Courses (10 to 24 students)
Mean: 3.15 to 3.45
Distribution: none

For upper‐level courses with fewer than 10 students, there is no formal grading policy.

Previous Grading Practices
The policy above has been in place since 2011-12, except for the changes in 2015-16 as noted. Prior to the introduction of the 2011 grading normalization policy, the median grade point average for first-year classes was approximately 3.1 each year. There was no grading curve, and the grading scale listed above was in place.

Beginning in the Fall of 1995, the grade of U was assigned a numeric value of 0.000. This assignment is currently still in place.

Effective in the Fall of 1988, the grading system was changed to the following: A (4.000), A- (3.667), B+ (3.333), B (3.000), B- (2.667), C+ (2.333), C (2.000), C- (1.667), D (1.000), and F (0.000). As noted above, this grading scale is the one currently in place.

Effective in the Fall of 1986, the grading system was changed to the following: A (4.0), A- (3.67), B+ (3.33), B (3.0), B- (2.67), C+ (2.33), C (2.0), C- (1.67, D (1.0), F (0.0).

Beginning with students admitted for the 1981-1982 academic year, the grading system was changed to the following: A (4.0), A- (3.67), B+ (3.25), B (3.0), B- (2.75), C+ (2.25), C (2.0), C- (1.75), D (1.0), F (0.0).

Beginning with students admitted for the 1972-73 academic year, the grading system was changed to the following: A, B, C, D and F with no numeric equivalences.

Beginning with the 1969-70 academic year, the Law School discontinued averages, class ranks, and the comprehensive examination. The grading system for courses was converted to Honors (H), High Pass (HP), Pass (P), and Fail (F). Where courses were taken overseas, the appropriate grade legends are explained in the semester data.

Prior to 1969-70 the passing grade in all courses as well as the then existing comprehensive examination was 70%. In computing the course average, the courses were weighted by credit hour. This weighted average and the comprehensive examination grade were then added together and divided by two to determine the semester average. The cumulative average was determined by adding the semester averages and dividing by the number of semesters.

Recruiting First Year Students

Per the guidelines set forth by the National Association of Law Placement (NALP), the Law School does not make the facilities of the Career Development Office available to first-year students prior to October 15. In addition, we require that employers not communicate directly or indirectly with first-year students before December 1. 

Principles and Standards for Law Placement and Recruiting Activity

Click here for information regarding NALP’s Principles and Standards for Law Placement and Recruiting Activity.

American Bar Association/Association of American Law Schools Principles of Equal Opportunity

In accordance with the requirements of the American Bar Association and the American Association of Law Schools, Notre Dame Law School requires all employers to whom we provide assistance and facilities for interviewing and other placement functions to observe the principles of equal opportunity to obtain employment without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender (including identity and expression), sexual orientation, age, or disability.

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