Reciprocity Program

Students and graduates seeking opportunities outside the Buffalo area may want to take advantage of Reciprocity. This is a system by which the CSO requests the career services offices of another law school to grant a Buffalo student/graduate access to that school's resources and services. Reciprocity is always requested and granted on an individual basis and is never available on a school-to-school basis.

Each law school has its own policies on what it would offer to someone from another law school. Therefore, if you want reciprocity check the NALP website to review the receiving school's policies.

Make special note of any restrictions. These typically include:

  • Reciprocity closed during Fall recruiting
  • Length of access (e.g., one visit, one month)
  • Access to resources (e.g., no access to current job postings, meeting with counselor)
  • Multiple reciprocity requests to other law schools in the area
  • Requests in advance
  • Reciprocity granted on a one-to-one basis

Certain geographic areas are very popular among Buffalo students (e.g., New York City, Washington, DC). Therefore, in order to maximize reciprocity opportunities for Buffalo students and graduates, CSO will limit the number of reciprocity requests it submits on an individual's behalf to one per geographic area. If a Buffalo request is denied, we will contact additional institutions, as necessary. Exceptions also will be made for requests to law schools in geographic areas having a substantial number of its students requesting access to Buffalo's resources.

Reciprocity is a valuable favor from another law school. Therefore, if you are requesting reciprocity:

  • Ask only if you definitely need and will definitely use – hopefully to the maximum – the resources available to you at the other law school. Do not use reciprocity to do "window shopping" in prime markets. Once a reciprocity request is made to another law school, we use up one of our favors with that school, whether or not you use that school's resources. We cannot cancel a reciprocity request if you change your mind.
  • Request reciprocity when you are ready to use it. There is a clock on your reciprocity to the other law school. It starts on the letter's mailing/receipt date. Once it has expired, you will need to reapply.