They know how to work

The best reason to hire NUSL grads is because, more than graduates of almost any other law school, they will be able to effectively practice law from the day they enter your office. As a result of our premier Cooperative Legal Education Program, every NUSL student has had a full year of intensive work experience thoroughly integrated into an intellectually rigorous legal education. So not only can they think about the law in subtle and creative ways, they also know how to do client intake, research and draft memoranda and briefs, and do many of the other things that a lawyer does every day because they’ve already done it on co-op. 

They know how to work together

Because NUSL provides its students with opportunities to work collaboratively as well as with written evaluations instead of letter grades and class rankings, they are free to cooperate with one another on projects, assume leadership roles, and take intellectual risks. This dynamic shifts their attention from the grade at the end of the class to the ideas that are the point of the class, encouraging fresh thinking and teamwork — which is exactly what you want from a lawyer at your firm or organization.

Pursuant to the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools 2012-2013, Standard 304(f), "A student may not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which the student is enrolled in more than 12 class hours."