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Public Interest Job Fairs

As a law student you should be aware that many schools and various organizations hold annual job and career fairs. These fairs are golden opportunities whether you are a new law student or about to graduate. In the past, many Pace students have obtained summer and permanent employment as a direct result of these job fairs. If you are interested in public service (e.g. governmental agencies, district attorney’s offices) or public interest (e.g. legal aid and legal services), then make plans to attend the following two career fairs of which all Pace students and graduates can take advantage.

Every October, the Equal Justice Works, formerly the National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL) holds its Career Fair and Conference, and Annual Awards Dinner. This is an opportunity where you can join hundreds of public interest-minded students and individuals. This career fair is the largest public interest career fair in the country, usually drawing over 200 employers and 1,000 law students and graduates. The National Conference features exciting and timely panel discussions and workshops on topics such as starting a public interest law career, campus organizing strategies and substantive law topics. During the National Conference, Equal Justice Works representatives will also hold their annual meeting of the Membership Council and elect new student leadership. Equal Justice Works annual awards dinner is an inspirational event, where Equal Justice Works recognizes the public service accomplishments of law students and lawyers. In 1999, Hilary Rodham Clinton was honored at this dinner. For further information check the Equal Justice Works Web site at www.equaljusticeworks.org.

NYU holds its annual Public Interest/Public Service Legal Career Symposium in February.  The Symposium provides students from all area law schools with the opportunity to meet with representatives of public interest/service organizations both for formal interviewing and at informational tables.  A variety of government, small firms and legal organizations conduct formal interviews. The informational tables are a great way to network and obtain information about the various employers. The Center begins disseminating information about the symposium in November. Binders with information about each employer can be found in our resource center. The Symposium is held at the NYU Law School campus in New York City. For further information check NYU’s Web site at http://www.law.nyu.edu/publicinterestlawcenter.

Since registration is required for participation in many career fairs, please check with us for further details.

Also note: A Public Interest Career Reception is held the last Thursday of every August, at 6:00 p.m. at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, www.abcny.org, and is sponsored by Fordham Law School. This program is a public interest informational career reception and is also open to Pace students and alumni. These programs offer a great forum for job seekers. Therefore, you are encouraged to bring your resumes and wear your best business clothes.