William and Mary Law School

Pledge of Student Professionalism

By providing opportunities for you to learn to conduct an effective job search, to become familiar with career options, and to gain practical experience, William & Mary Law School’s Office of Career Services (OCS) welcomes its role in establishing a professional development partnership with you. We take our responsibilities seriously; it is important that you too take seriously your role in this partnership. 

Attorneys are expected to abide by a shared code of conduct governing ethics, courtesy, and personal and professional responsibility. They also must keep track of and attend client meetings, business appointments, and court dates. Law students should exhibit professionalism in these areas as well.  By agreeing to the Pledge terms via online survey, you are able to maintain access to Symplicity.

This Pledge of Student Professionalism does not supplant or alter the Honor Code or provisions of the Student Handbook.

I agree to:

1. Exhibit courtesy, respect, and professionalism in dealing with OCS staff and other law school personnel, employers and their staff members, alumni, and networking contacts,  in addition to my classmates.

2. Stay informed about OCS policies, procedures, programs, resources, and employment opportunities by reading the OCS Tuesday email, OCS announcements in MyLaw, and Symplicity announcements.

3. Read the Career Planning Manual.

4. Adhere to all instructions and deadlines in my dealings with OCS and employers.

5. Keep appointments, whether for a meeting with an OCS Advisor or for an OCS program for which I have RSVP’d. If circumstances prevent my attendance at an event, or if I need to reschedule a meeting, I will provide timely notice to OCS.

6. Read and abide by the dates and practices for law students set forth in the Principles and Standards for Law Placement and Recruitment Activities of NALP, The Association for Legal Career Professionals, at www.nalp.org/principles

7. Conduct reasonable research about employers before bidding on Symplicity, applying for jobs listed through OCS, or applying directly to employers.

8. Provide accurate and up-to-date information in all resumes, cover letters, transcripts, writing samples, and other materials provided for purposes of securing employment and during the interview process. If I am unsure about how to characterize an item in any document, or how to handle a matter in an interview, I will consult an OCS Advisor before submitting materials or interviewing.

9. Respond in a timely manner to communications from employers and OCS and to any requests for information that employers or OCS staff may make.

10. Ensure that the email address I use for job search and employment purposes as well as the email messages I send will be professional and will comply with the conventions outlined in the Career Planning Manual.

11. Ensure that voicemail messages I use for job search and employment purposes will be professional.

12. Remain aware that statements I make in print publications and online may have adverse effects on my job search and admission to the bar.

13. Conduct periodic searches about myself to monitor online content on social networking and other sites. I realize that I should select privacy settings so that bar licensing authorities and prospective employers will not be able to view material which they may deem inappropriate or unprofessional.

14. Be prepared for on-campus, off-campus, in-office, and call-back interviews.

15. Read and comply with policies for attendance at interview programs, including those that make attendance at certain interviews or interview programs mandatory if my bid is accepted by an employer.

16. Attend all initial and callback interviews that I have committed to attend.  If I decide to cancel an interview already scheduled because I have changed my plans (assuming that the interview is not associated with an interview program for which I am not permitted to decline or cancel interviews), I will provide advance and timely notice to the employer and OCS.  If unavoidable and unforeseen circumstances prevent my attending an interview and providing advance and timely notice, I will promptly notify the employer and OCS as soon as I am able to do so.

17. Honor my commitment once I have accepted an offer of employment. I will promptly withdraw all pending applications and cease seeking employment or entertaining other offers once I have accepted an offer. If extraordinary and unforeseen circumstances require that I modify or be released from my acceptance, I will promptly consult OCS and the employer.

18. Keep OCS apprised of my employment status by completing periodic surveys about my summer and post-graduate employment, and updating them as circumstances dictate, so that OCS can fulfill its reporting obligations to William & Mary, the American Bar Association, NALP, U.S. News & World Report, and Law School Transparency.

I have read and agree to abide by this Pledge of Student Professionalism.

Signed:                                                                                     Date: