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Honors Job Network

The Co-op Honors Job Network Program recognizes and rewards students who excel and distinguish themselves in their co-op placements by giving them direct access to select legal employers.

The network allows co-op supervisors to champion exceptional students to other  employers who may have available job opportunities. In nominating students for the program, our partners recognize that often there are skills that contribute to a student’s success in the field that are not assessed in a typical law school class.  So, even in instances when a student is not necessarily in the top of the class, but performs exceptionally in the field, the student’s supervisor may want to publicly recognize the student’s success by nominating the student for the program.

Employers gain direct access to a pool of tried and true candidates for employment. The students in the pool will have been vetted in the field for an entire semester by an experienced practitioner. In essence, these students are the ones who will have performed at such a high level in their co-op placements that their own supervisors would have hired them but for the sole fact that he or she did not have an open position at the time.

The program unfolds in a three-part process of nomination, acceptance and implementation at the end of each semester.

Nomination

At the end of each co-op cycle, field supervisors receive invitations to identify and nominate exceptional performers in the field as potential candidates for the program.

The nomination criteria are that the supervisor is willing to stand behind the student’s performance in the field and write a letter of recommendation nominating the student for the program. 

Acceptance

Once a student is nominated, we will first notify the student of the nomination, and second, obtain the student’s acceptance of the nomination before proceeding. The student’s acceptance authorizes the law school to circulate his or her  academic materials (resume, unofficial transcript, writing sample, supervisor’s letter of recommendation, and co-op final evaluation) to our network partners.

If a student chooses not to accept the nomination, the student may still reference the nomination in his or her resume.

Implementation

We will maintain a current list of all network partners and will circulate the academic materials of all students in the program to all of our partners within the network.  Our role ends at this point. Hiring decisions remain solely within the discretion of our network partners and they are free to reach out directly to any student or students of interest to them for any potential opportunities. 

If you are interested in being added to our list of employer partners in the Co-op Honor Students Job Network Program, please contact Co-op Program Director Reena Parambath