Reciprocity Guide

The Career, Academic and Alumni Services Office understands that looking for a job can be stressful, particularly when the law student or graduate is seeking a job in an area outside the greater Washington metropolitan area. Reciprocity is one method in the job search process.

Reciprocity is a mutual exchange of privileges. Law schools use reciprocity to provide reasonable access to their career resources for law students and graduates from other law schools who agree to provide similar access and services.

It is important to remember, however, that reciprocity is only one method in the job search process. Individuals seeking jobs outside of the Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland area must explore many sources for finding employment, including local advertisements; local, state and national bar associations; job banks and networks; the Internet; reference publications; alumni networks; and other networking opportunities.

Reciprocity Steps for George Mason Students & Alumni

It is important to understand that every law school has its own reciprocity requirements.  Law schools' reciprocity policies can be found at on the NALP website http://www.nalp.org/reciprocitypolicies?s=reciprocity or by calling the career services office of the school in which you are interested for information.

To obtain reciprocity at another law school, send an email to lawcareer@gmu.edu with your name, address, telephone number, graduation year, and school for which you would like reciprocity. 

For George Mason students and alumni, reciprocity is not available with other DC area law schools (Georgetown, Catholic, George Washington, University of the District of Columbia, Howard and American).

Reciprocity Services

Services vary among the law schools that offer reciprocity. Generally, these services may include access to: the host law school's career services facilities � at some schools this is available on a fee basis only; legal publications, directories and handouts; job listings and employment bulletins � at some schools these may be available on a subscription or in-person basis.

Services generally not available are: participation in recruitment programs and job fairs; counseling; and resume review services.

The duration of reciprocity services also varies from school to school. Reciprocity services, when granted, are usually available for a limited time and for a limited number of visits.  In addition, most law schools have a "blackout" period during the time when law schools are preparing for and conducting their recruitment programs in the fall and in the spring (duration varies by school).

Code of Conduct for Law Students

George Mason University School of Law Reciprocity

The Career, Academic and Alumni Services Office offers access to students and alumni of other ABA-accredited law schools on a one-to-one basis. Due to the volume of requests each month, we must restrict use of our facilities based on the following guidelines: