Many JD students seek jobs with employers that do not typically cover travel expenses for interviews. To assist students in obtaining their first post-graduate job, Michigan Law provides reimbursements to 2Ls, 3Ls, and recent graduates ("students") for costs incurred while traveling to job interviews, as described below.
- The travel expenses must be for an interview for a posted position (not an informational interview) where no portion of the travel expenses will be covered by the employer or any other third-party.
- The interview must occur between September 1st of the student's 2L year and within six months following graduation. This rule does not apply to expenses incurred while traveling to career fairs occurring prior to September 1, but that are otherwise eligible for reimbursement.
- The interview must be for a 2L summer job or post-graduate position beginning, at the latest, in the fall immediately following graduation. This includes interviews for post-graduate clerkship positions, provided the clerkship begins no later than the fall immediately following graduation.
- Each student may be reimbursed for up to three trips total. Students may use all three trips during a single recruiting cycle, but are discouraged from using all of the trips on 2L summer job interviews.
- 2Ls are ineligible to receive reimbursements for costs incurred while traveling to 2L summer job interviews if they have previously received an employment offer for their 2Ls summer.
- Students are ineligible to receive reimbursement for costs traveling to any interview if they have previously received an offer of postgraduate employment. For example, 3Ls interviewing for clerkships are ineligible for any travel reimbursements if they have already received an offer of postgraduate employment.
- Students will be eligible for reimbursement of a maximum of $250 per interview trip.
- Eligible expenses are limited to hotel, mileage, conference registration, parking rental car fees, and airline, train, subway and bus fare.
- Students will not be reimbursed for travel expenses paid for through points or rewards.
- Reimbursement is not available for one-way travel.
Applying for Reimbursement
- To apply for reimbursement, students must complete this form and upload appropriate receipts within 21 days of the last day of travel. This ensures that requests can be processed within the 45-day maximum set by the central University in accordance with the IRS.
- The student requesting reimbursement must submit documentation showing the expense for which reimbursement is requested was actually incurred. Receipts must be in the student's name who is applying for reimbursement and must show the amount paid and method of payment.
If you are at all unsure about whether your travel will qualify for reimbursement, please check with us in advance of your trip.