​Post a Job or Externship Listing

Our centralized online job posting site, #HireUSDLaw, is an easy way to post positions for both students and alumni. Creating a #HireUSDLaw account enables you to receive and manage resumes and other application materials, free of charge. Please note, unless indicated otherwise, the default expiration for the postings is one month.

Law Careers reserves the right to deny any employer posting on #HireUSDLaw in their complete discretion. In addition, an employer posting on #HireUSDLaw may be denied for the following reasons:

  • Misrepresented employment opportunities, employer identity or affiliation 
  • Failure to follow USD School of Law policies and procedures 
  • Disregard of National Association of Law Placement (NALP) recruiting principles 
  • Positions that are not the right fit for our law student community
  • Violation of all applicable federal and state employment laws 

Prospective postings are reviewed and approved/rejected based on the information contained in the postings. An employer seeking to create and/or post a job listing on #HireUSDLaw must agree to abide by the following Job Posting Policies:

Section 1.01 General Policies

All positions posted must be career-related and/or professionally oriented. Moreover, the Law School strives to promote employment positions that provide law-related experiential and legal practical skills training. Positions with titles of “office assistant”, “executive assistant” or “office coordinator” will not be approved

Please consider posting prospective administrative positions and/or non-legal positions with University of San Diego’s undergraduate career center at http://www.sandiego.edu/careers/.  

Section 1.02 Contact information

Employers must provide complete, accurate, and verifiable information. This includes full name and company email. We must be able to connect the contact person listed in the posting to the company identified in the posting through an internet search.

Section 1.03 Website

Employers must have an active and functioning website. Websites must be professional and written in the English language. The website must include: Contact information, physical location address, an “about” or “overview” of the organization and active links.

Section 1.04 Email Address

Employers must provide an email address that is connected to their business. The email address should have the organization name after the “@” sign or include the company name or abbreviation. 

Section 1.05 Location

Employers must provide a physical, verifiable business address that is not a private home or residence.  Virtual positions will be allowed on a case-by-case basis but law students may not visit or work in a personal or private home.

Section 1.06 Third-Party Recruiters

Positions submitted by third parties or independent recruiters will not be approved.  Only direct requests from employers will be reviewed.

Section 1.07 Compensation

Private employers failing to list an acceptable salary description will be denied. Acceptable options include:

A salary range (e.g. $25-$40 per hour)

A specific amount (e.g. $75,000 per year)

An opening for an unpaid internship may only be submitted for posting by non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organizations or government agency employers; internships with a non-profit or a government entity may be eligible for academic credit as part of an established law school course under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

If you have questions regarding a decision to deny your request to post a position on #HireUSDLaw, please contact lawcareers@sandiego.edu.

Post a Job on #HireUSDLaw


USD Law’s Externship Program, also known as the Field Placement Program, allows employers at government agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporate legal departments to host students for externships in the fall, spring or summer semesters.  The students receive academic credit for part-time legal work performed under the supervision of an attorney at approved placement sites. They also enroll in a faculty taught course designed to enhance the placement experience. Employers benefit from the hands-on work of our students while providing a supervised, educational experience for the students.  

Students may extern at a government agency or a non-profit organization, as well as in the legal department of a corporation, company, or a business entity. The USD Law externship/field placement program does not allow for placements in private law firms or with private attorneys.   

Post an Externship on #HireUSDLaw

Each year, USD Law students engage in thousands of hours of pro bono service in the San Diego community and beyond. Through pro bono service, law students develop vital legal skills, obtain practical legal experience, and become lifelong volunteers as they recognize that pro bono work is an integral part of a legal career.

Through USD Law’s Pro Bono Program, law students are recognized for their commitment to pro bono service. Students who complete a minimum of 100 hours of pro bono service while in law school are awarded a certificate denoting their achievement. The USD Law Class of 2019 volunteered more than 11,000 hours while in law school.

How to Request Pro Bono Legal Assistance from a USD Law School Student

USD Law’s Office of Career and Professional Development shares new pro bono opportunities with students on a bi-weekly basis throughout the academic year. Pro bono opportunities are also posted on USD Law’s online job board - #HireUSDLaw.

Organizations engaged in public interest legal work, including nonprofit legal services organizations and governmental agencies, are invited to request pro bono project assistance from USD Law students.

Pro bono projects must meet the following criteria:

  1. Legal Component: The student must be engaged in law-related work.
  2. Attorney Supervision: The student must be supervised (either directly or indirectly) by a licensed attorney.
  3. Public Interest: The student must be engaged in legal work seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights, or for a charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental or educational organization on matters in furtherance of their organizational purposes. This work can include community legal education, client intake, case preparation, research and writing, and legislative or policy analysis.
  4. Uncompensated: Students may not receive any kind of compensation (including a community service grant) or academic credit for their work. (Hours in excess of those required to receive academic credit may qualify as pro bono service.)

New pro bono projects: If your organization has a new idea for a pro bono project, please submit a brief description of the project to lawcareers@sandiego.edu. (Please include in your brief description the type of work (direct services or research), whether it is remote work, and the timeframe for completion of the work.) He will be happy to speak with you to discuss project specifics and how best to promote the opportunity to qualified USD Law students.

Previously approved pro bono projects: If your organization has posted a pro bono project with USD Law in the past, you are welcome to post it again here.

Please send any questions and pro bono project postings to lawcareers@sandiego.edu.

Non-Discrimination, Non-Harassment, and Recruiting Process

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

 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.  

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. 

If you need assistance submitting a job posting, please contact:

(619) 260-4529