Compensation, Non-Discrimination, Non-Harassment, and Recruiting Policies

Employers listing positions with the University of San Diego School of Law must agree to abide by the following:

Compensation Policy

We require any positions offered to law students at private law firms to be compensated at the legal hourly rate. Academic credit may not be earned by our students working at private law firms. Accordingly, we are unable to post or promote opportunities at private law firms as unpaid, volunteer, or for academic credit. Under USD Law's field placement program, externships/internships for academic credit are only approved for placements in non-profits, corporate counsel offices or government organizations. This policy is in accordance with applicable law and USD School of Law's academic policies and standards.

Non-Discrimination, Non-Harassment Policy

The University of San Diego School of Law prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, age, physical disability, mental disability, or other characteristic protected by federal or state law in the admission or status of students, in the hiring, promotion or supervision of faculty, staff or administrators, and in the administration of law school programs and procedures. The facilities and services of the Office of Career and Professional Development are only available to employers whose hiring and personnel practices are consistent with this policy.

The University of San Diego’s complete Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment can be found here. Candidates who believe employers have violated USD School of Law's non-discrimination policy have been instructed to contact the Office of Career and Professional Development

Military Recruiting

Military recruiters actively recruit USD Law students. The military’s recruiting policies with respect to transgender individuals are not in compliance with the University and law school’s non-discrimination policy referenced above, which provides for equal opportunity for all persons and respect for the gender identity of every student.

While the law school does not support the military’s personnel policies relating to transgender individuals, the school cannot prohibit the military from recruiting on campus, because to do so would risk the loss of significant federal funding due to federal law (known as the Solomon Amendment.)  Questions regarding the hiring practices of a particular military branch should be directed to the military recruiter.  

Recruiting Process

USD Law Office of Career and Professional Development endorses the new National Association of Legal Placement Professionals (NALP) Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process.  We ask NALP employers to be aware of and voluntarily abide by the updated NALP Principles. In addition, the Office of Career and Professional Development has developed Best Practices for Recruiting documents for the various types of employers who participate in our recruiting programs.  Please email us at lawcareers@sandiego.edu to receive a copy of the applicable document.