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Public Interest Career Fair and Events Calendar

NOTE: This page is updated on a rolling basis as scheduling information becomes available. Please contact our PSJD Fellow Ashley Matthews at psjd@nalp.org if you would like us to update information for your career fair or event.  If you would like us to include a career fair or event on PSJD, please forward the relevant information to Ashley as well. Thanks!

To view career fairs and conferences by semester:

 

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FALL

August

LOYOLA PATENT LAW INTERVIEW PROGRAM

Sponsors: Loyola University Chicago School of Law Career Services

Date: Thursday, July 31 & Friday, August 1, 2014

The 2014 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program is a 2-day program held in Chicago each summer that brings together patent law employers and law students from across the country to interview for summer associate positions and post-graduate employment. For more information, go to http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent.html.


MINNESOTA MINORITY RECRUITMENT CONFERENCE

Sponsors: Twin Cities Diversity in Practice

Date: August 1, 2014

The conference will be held at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. The Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference aims to increase legal diversity in the Twin Cities area by joining the largest legal employers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with top quality 2L and 3L candidates from around the country. Employers participating in the interviews will include small, medium, and large firms; corporate law departments and public interest/non-profit/government entities. For more information: http://www.diversityinpractice.org/index.asp?pageID=25


HEARTLAND DIVERSITY LEGAL JOB FAIR

Sponsors: Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Date: August 9-10, 2013

The 2013 Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Kansas City. Last year, Kansas City played host to nearly 100 students from over 40 Law Schools from across the nation who had the opportunity to interview with 15 area law firms, organizations and government agencies. For more information, go to http://www.heartlanddiversity.org/.


INDIANAPOLIS BAR ASSOCIATION DIVERSITY JOB FAIR 

Sponsors: Indianapolis Bar Association 

Date: August 21-22, 2014

The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair seeks candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. We cordially invite fall 2012 full-time 2L students (graduating May 2014) or part-time 2L and 3L (graduating Dec 2014/May 2015) to participate in the fifth annual IndyBar Diversity Job Fair. Student registration deadline is July 20, 2014. More information at http://www.ibadiversityjobfair.org/


NATIONAL LGBT BAR ASSOCIATION LAVENDER LAW CAREER FAIR

Sponsors: The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association

Dates: August 21-23, 2014

The Lavender Law® Career Fair kicks off with a panel of legal practitioners with experience working in government, non-profit, small and large firms. The panel will be guided by a law career services professional will discuss the tools, considerations and critical aspects to find, research and evaluate LGBT-friendly employers in each of these legal arenas.

Over 500 candidates and 130 recruiters representing law firms, government agencies and non-profit organizations interested in diversity were present at the 2011 career fair in Hollywood. For more information, please visit http://www.lavenderlaw.org/.


ANNUAL PUBLIC INTEREST CAREER RECEPTION

Sponsors: Co-sponsored by 23 New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania law schools

Date: August 28, 2013 (2014 DATES TBA)

The Reception, co-sponsored by 23 New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania law schools and open to students from the sponsoring schools, will be held at the New York City Bar Association in New York City. For more information, contact Hillary Exter at Hexter@law.fordham.edu or 212-636-7789.

 

September

HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONVENTION & CAREER FAIR

Sponsors: Hispanic National Bar Association

Dates: September 10-13, 2014

The HNBA Career Fair provides law students, young and seasoned attorneys and Convention attendees with a tremendous opportunity to meet and network with other leading Latino attorneys from across the country.  The Career Fair also plays host to a symposium designed to help law students enhance their marketing skills for the tough legal career market. For more information: http://www.hnba.com/news-events/annual-convention/.


10TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NEIGHBORS FOR SALE: MODERN SLAVERY IN ATLANTA

Sponsors: The Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC)

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013 (2014 Date TBA)

Time:                     10:00 AM to 4:45 PM (continental breakfast served 9:30 to 10:00 AM)

Location:              Emory University School of Law, 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322

The Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) invites you to attend its tenth annual conference. Led by keynote speaker Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, a host of state and local government and non-government organization leaders will assemble to discuss the realities of modern slavery in Atlanta, to share their own stories of modern abolition, and to share how attendees can become involved in the fight against slavery.

Attorney General Olens will begin the morning discussing the local realities of sex trafficking and all that can be done to combat it. After this primer, attendees will chose two from among a series of panel discussions addressing victim rescue, victim aftercare, the changing face of forced prostitution, criminal investigation, criminal prosecution, and structural transformation through lawmaking. The day will close with a full-conference panel on what more can and should be done to combat sex trafficking in Atlanta, beginning with the Attorney General’s “Georgia’s Not Buying It” campaign.

Selected Panelists:

  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernan Keenan will discuss the work of GBI’s Human Trafficking Unit.
  • Georgia Department of Education Chief of Staff Joel Thornton will discuss the DOE’s efforts to identify trafficking victims in public schools.
  • Fulton County Prosecutor Camila Wright and DeKalb County Prosecutor Dalia Racine will discuss their work trying sex trafficking cases.
  • Representatives from Atlanta-based organizations including Mary Frances Bowley, founder of Wellspring Living, as well as others from StreetGrace, and Nightlight will discuss their efforts to find and rescue trafficking victims.

Please click here to register by Tuesday, September 17.  A continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided for as many as funding permits on a first-come, first-served basis.  Attendance is capped at 250 registrants.


2013 LAW STUDENTS FOR REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE REGIONAL SOUTH CONFERENCE

Sponsor: University of Texas School of Law Chapter

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013 (2014 Date TBA)

This year, the UT chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice will be hosting the LSRJ South Regional Conference in Austin at the law school! LSRJ chapters from law schools all over the south will be converging on UT for a day of panel discussion and dialogue with movement leaders about the state of reproductive justice in the south and what we can do about persistent and emerging issues that we come across every day. 

Conference sessions will run from 8:30am-4:30pm, with happy hour to follow at the Dog & Duck. Speakers will include Heather Busby, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, Rebecca Robertson, Legal and Policy Director of the ACLU of Texas, Representative Jessica Farrar, Rose Pulliam, Co-Director of Allgo, and many, many more. It will be a great opportunity for y'all to network with a bunch of awesome people, have some awesome discussions, and get fed! (Breakfast and lunch are provided).

If you'd like to attend, please register at bit.ly/lsrj13south, so we know how much food to order!

Registration is open to everyone, not just LSRJ members, and we plan on offering CLE credits for lawyers who would like to attend. If you have friends who aren't in law school but are still interested in RJ, please encourage them to register. You can come for all or some of the conference, and it's free.bit.ly/lsrj13south!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: We will also need 4-5 people to help us set up on the days of the conference, help people get signed in, and if you're willing, introduce some panels. This is an especially good way to get introduced to our speakers, counts for pro bono hours, and is a minimal commitment, especially if you're already planning on attending. If you're interested in helping out, please email Britt Glass at brittglass@gmail.com.

 

October

2013 NATIONAL LATINA/O LAW STUDENT ASSOCIATION (NLLSA) CONFERENCE CAREER FAIR

Dates: Sept. 26-29, 2013 (2014 Date TBA)

The National Latina/o Law Student Association is a student run organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining the academic success of Latina and Latino law students across the United States. This will be a groundbreaking great opportunity for law students to grow their perspective, meet Latina/o Law Students from across the country, network with faculty from across the country and make connections that will aid their legal career!  This year's location is Santa Fe, New Mexico  Visit the conference website for more details.


GOVERNMENT/PUBLIC INTEREST RECRUITMENT PROGRAM

Sponsor: Massachusetts Law School Consortium 

Date: August  12 - October 24, 2014

Open to students of sponsoring law schools. The Government/Public Interest Recruitment Program is held twice a year. Interviews for the fall program will be held at Boston College Law School. More information can be found by visiting http://www.maconsortium.org/programs.html#GPI or contacting Leslie LeBlanc at 617-552-4345 or leslie.leblanc@bc.edu.


EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS PUBLIC SERVICE CAREER FAIR

Dates: October 24-25, 2014

Sponsor: Equal Justice Works

The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest public interest career fair in the country. It is the only event where you'll find more than 1,200 public interest-minded students representing 200 law schools from across the country coming together to explore career options with leading nonprofit organizations and government agencies.  The Conference and Career Fair provides access to job opportunities for law students; connects employers with talented attorneys and law students; and offers a multitude of skill-building and career advising sessions with experts from around the country. Our conference continues to be an unparalleled networking opportunity for students, law school professionals and legal professionals. Student registration open August 15-September 13. For more information, visit the Equal Justice Works website.


November

MCGILL PUBLIC INTEREST CAREER DAY McGill Public Interest Career Day (Montreal, Canada)

Sponsors: McGill University - Faculty of Law; McGill Human Rights Working Group

Date:  November 13, 2013 (2014 Date TBA)

This is an event focusing on work, study and volunteer opportunities for public interest employer. The event includes information booths for a variety of different organizations, as well as panel discussions on related topics and a speed-meet. The event is organized in collaboration with the McGill Human Rights Working Group.


SPRING

January

GREATER WASHINGTON, DC/BALTIMORE PUBLIC SERVICE CAREER FAIR

Date: Friday, January 24, 2014

Sponsors: American University Washington College of Law, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, Federal Bar Association, George Mason University School of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, Howard University School of Law and University of Maryland School of Law.

The Annual Washington, DC/Baltimore Public Service Career Fair will be held at George Mason University School of Law. Students of sponsoring schools can participate in formal interviews, resume collection and table talk on the day of the program. For more information, please see our website at https://law-dcpscf-csm.symplicity.com/employers/ or please contact the PSCF Coordinator, Joanna Bettis Craig, at George Mason University School of Law, via lawcareer@gmu.edu or (703) 993-8020.


National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) Northeast Regional Convention & Job Fair

Date: January 22-26, 2014
Sponsor: NBLSA
NBLSA will host several regional job fairs across the country. For complete information about the NBLSA Job Fairs, visit http://www.nblsa.org/index.php?pID=479.

 

Georgetown/George Washington Law Public Sector Recruiting Program

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sponsors: George Washington University Law School and Georgetown University Law Center.

The Public Sector Recruiting Program is a daylong job fair for Georgetown and George Washington law students to interview for summer internships and permanent positions with nonprofit organizations, government agencies and public interest law firms. Over 160 employers registered to participate in the 2011 Program. The Program consists of prescheduled interviews, table talk (informal information exchange) and a resume collection option for employers that cannot interview at GW. For more information visit: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/opics/PublicSectorRecuitingProgram.htm

 

Northwest Public Service Career Fair

Date: Friday, January 31, 2014 (Seattle); Saturday, February 1, 2014 (Portland)

Sponsor: Northwest Consortium Law Schools.

Open to students and alumni of sponsoring law schools. The Northwest Public Service Career Fair will be held at LeRoux in the Student Center at Seattle University in Seattle, Washington and on February 1, 2013 at Lewis & Clark College Templeton Student Center in Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit http://www.nwpifair.org/ or contact Vicki Nelson, Lewis and Clark Law School, at 503-768-6699 or pifair@lclark.edu.


TEXAS PUBLIC SERVICE CAREER FAIR

Date: Thursday, January 30 - Friday, January 31, 2014

Hosted by The University of Texas School of Law, the Public Service Career Fair is the largest public service job fair for law students in Texas. During the two-day fair, public interest and government employers will conduct interviews for paid and unpaid summer and permanent positions. Employers may request to interview 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, domestic and foreign-trained LL.M.s, and recent graduates (up to one year after graduation) from all nine participating Texas law schools. Also, employers may choose to host informational tables.

Registration information will be available in October 2013. For more information, please contact Nicole Simmons, Director of Public Service Programs, at 512-232-1160 or nsimmons@law.utexas.edu.


February

Northern California Public Interest/Public Sector Legal Careers Day

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sponsors: Nine Northern California law schools and OneJustice

The Annual Northern California Public Interest/Public Sector Legal Careers Day will be held at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Students of sponsoring schools can participate in formal interviews on the day of the program. Students and alumni from any law school are invited to participate in the employer table talk portion of the day. For more information, click here or email pipsday@one-justice.org.

 

26th Annual Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014
Sponsors: Northwestern University School of Law and the Chicago Area Law School Consortium.


The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) enables employers from public interest and government organizations and J.D. students to gather for a day of interviews and informal networking. MPILCC is open to students from law schools in: Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin. Held in Chicago, IL at Northwestern University School of Law. Each year, the MPILCC Conference attracts nearly 50 employers for on-site interviews, Table Talk (an informal networking session), or resume solicitation. From an average eleven hundred student registrants, about 275 students representing about 40 law schools attend the conference. The conference is free to employers and students. Please visit http://mpilcc.uchicago.edu/index.html for more details!

 

Public Interest Legal Career Fair
Date: February 6-7, 2014
Sponsor: Public Interest Law Center (PILC) at New York University School of Law.


The Public Interest Law Center (PILC) at New York University School of Law will hold its 37th annual Public Interest Legal Career Fair; it is the largest Fair of its kind in the country. The Fair gives employers the opportunity to meet with students and allows students to interview with employers for internships and permanent jobs, as well as to talk with employers at information tables. Last year, representatives from more than 200 organizations and over 2,100 law students attended the Fair. Information about the Fair, including a list of participating law schools, is available at: http://pilcfair.law.nyu.edu/. For more information contact: law.pilcfair@nyu.edu or 212-998-6686.

 

CONVERGE! Conference: Re-Imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence

Date: February 7-8, 2014

Sponsor: University of Miami School of Law

This conference will bring together survivors, activists, and academics to reconsider the dominant U.S. responses to gender violence, to build capacity for political mobilization and reform, to share innovative approaches to gender violence, and to promote cross-fertilization and collaboration between researchers, practitioners, and activists.  For more information: http://www.law.miami.edu/academics/converge/

 

Southern California Annual Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Sponsors: A consortia of southern California law schools, including California Western School of Law, Chapman University, La Verne College of Law, Loyola Law School, Pepperdine University, Southwestern University, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, UCI Law, UCLA School of Law, USC Gould School of Law, University of San Diego School of Law, Whittier Law School, and Western State College of Law.


Join students from throughout Southern California and representatives from more than 115 nonprofit organizations, government agencies and private public interest-oriented law firms for the 28th Annual Southern California Public Interest Career Day. The event will be hosted by the UCLA School of Law. For more information contact Rochelle Adelman at 310-794-5355 or adelman@law.ucla.edu.

 

Government & Public Interest Job Fair
Date: Friday, February 14, 2014
Sponsors: William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law, and the University of Richmond School of Law

The Government & Public Interest Interview Program will be held Friday, February 14, 2014 at Tyler Haynes Commons, University of Richmond. It is sponsored by the University of Richmond School of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law, and William & Mary Law School and open to government and public interest employers and law students from those three schools. For more information, visit http://vaclsc.org/.

 

Public Sector Career Fair
Date: Friday, February 21, 2014
Sponsors: Georgia Law School Consortium.

Open only to students of sponsoring law schools (all law schools in Georgia). Employers can select to meet with students for interviews (scheduled for all day) and/or table talk (held 3:30-5:00) for paid and unpaid summer and permanent positions. In 2013, the career fair featured 81 employers representing nonprofit organizations and federal/local/state government agencies. Traditionally held every February in Atlanta at Georgia State University School of Law. Interested employers should contact Sue McAvoy, Emory University School of Law, at 404-727-5503 or smcavoy@law.emory.edu.

 

March

Government & Public Interest Information Fair
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Sponsors:
The University of Akron School of Law

The event will take place at the University of Akron School of Law in Akron, Ohio from 12:00 - 1:30 and 5:00 - 6:30 pm in the Law School Atrium. Dress professionally, bring resumes, and meet representatives from various local, state and federal government agencis. For more information, contact Barbara Weinzierl at (330) 972-5320 or via email to bweinz@uakron.edu or Alisa Benedict O’Brien at (330) 972-8540 or via email to ab139@uakron.edu.


Public Interest Career Fair
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2014
Sponsors:
The University of Alabama School of Law

Employers from throughout the state will be on campus to conduct interviews for summer internships, meet law students, and answer questions.  The Career Fair will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and is free to law students.


Meet the Jolly Good Fellows: Tips on Public Interest Fellowships from Current & Former Fellows
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Sponsors:
Washington Council of Lawyers

This business-casual event takes place from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at McDermott Will & Emery (500 North Capitol Street). Public-interest fellowships allow recent graduates to practice law with nonprofit organizations, the government, educational institutions, and sometimes even law firms. These fellowships are so great that we're holding an event where you can learn about more than a dozen public-interest fellowships from current and former fellows. Click here to learn more and register.

 

APRIL

CAREER PATHS FOR YOUNG ATTORNEYS IN THE ENERGY SECTOR
Date: April 4-5, 2014
Sponsors: The Institute for Energy Law (IEL) and LSU Law Center

This event will take place at LSU Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Topics include: in-house legal work, working as a landman; becoming a negotiator; regulatory and compliance opportunities; and key skill sets necessary for success. Informal networking opportunities will be available so attendees may speak with industry participants one-on-one or in a small group.

Students/Professors can register now (FOR FREE!) at: cailaw.org/iel.

SUMMER

July

NATIONAL BLACK PROSECUTORS ASSOCIATION (NBPA) 31ST ANNUAL CONFERENCE & JOB FAIR 
Date: Friday, July 20-26, 2014
Sponsors: National Black Prosecutors Association

The 2013 NBPA Job Fair will be held at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.blackprosecutors.org/annualconference.html.


8TH ANNUAL VAULT/MCCA LEGAL DIVERSITY CAREER FAIR
Date: Friday, August 1, 2014
Sponsors: VAULT, MCCA

This career fair features a mix of public interest and private sector employers. Register in advance by visiting www.vault.com/legaldiversity.

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