month we focus on Career
Fairs and the great networking and career opportunities they
can provide. This
month, Pace is sponsoring two career fairs – our First Annual Winter Career Fair at the Law School (January
17) and the Annual
Northeast Consortium Career Fair Washington, DC (January
15). Both of these
fairs are tremendous opportunities of which you should take
In addition to the Pace-Sponsored Career
Fairs, we have included information on Public Interest Career
Fairs, Diversity Career Fairs and Specialty Practice Areas
(particularly Intellectual Property) Career Fairs.
Career fairs are a
great way to find out about jobs in which you may be interested
for both summer and post-graduate positions!
In addition to providing an opportunity for students to
interview with employers, many career fairs include panel
presentations and informal discussions with employer
representatives (“table talk”).
The “table talk” sessions are ideal ways to network and
can sometimes lead to formal interviews.
private and public sector employers often participate in career
fairs, and there are many different types of career fairs that
take place locally – as close as
New York City
– as well as across the nation.
Some are organized by practice area (such as patent
law) and some by geographical location (such as
At any career fair, you want to make sure to
make a good first impression, even if you are only speaking to
employers informally at “table talk.”
You should always dress in formal business attire, and be
prepared as though you were going on a formal interview, including
researching the employers in advance.
Employers have reported that a favorable impression made by
a student during “table talk” can strongly influence their
decision to call the student in for an interview or give them a
job offer. Likewise,
over the years, many Pace students have told us that they received
formal interviews or job offers after speaking with employers even
during “table talk” at these career fairs!
Before attending a career fair, you should do the following:
in advance, if required;
sure your resume is in proper format and typo-free; meet with
a career counselor to go over your resume;
up on your interviewing skills (even if you are just planning
on “table talk”); sign up for a mock interview with a
the employers who are attending the fair in advance, and
create a list of the ones that you want to be sure to speak
you are signed up for a formal interview, prepare as you would
for any other interview.
When you attend a career fair, you should do
and bring the following:
in formal business attire;
a pad folio, briefcase, tote bag or other professional looking
business bag to collect employer information and business
multiple copies of your resume on resume-quality paper;
multiple copies of your transcript (photocopies of your
multiple copies of your writing samples on white paper;
multiple copies of a list of references on resume-quality
paper, in case a potential employer asks for them; and
a pen so you can take notes on whom you met and any follow up
you will need to do.
We have provided below a list of representative
career fairs that may be of interest to you. This list is by
no means exhaustive of all of the career fairs that take place
across the country each year. Information about these
and other career fairs is updated continually on the NALP website, www.nalp.org.
Go to schools, and then click on career fairs. You can also
find a listing of career fairs on PSLawNet at http://www.pslawnet.org/cms/index.php?pid=54.
Winter Career Fair
School, White Plains,
January 17, 2008 from 6-8 pm
Please join us at the 1st Annual Pace Law School
Winter Career Fair. Open
to all current
students, this Fair provides an opportunity to meet local employers
and learn about career opportunities in the metro-
area. Although there are
no formal interview sessions, you should be sure to dress in formal
business attire and bring copies of your resume with you, in case it
is requested from a prospective employer.
There is no registration necessary to participate in this
Fair. You will be
receiving additional information from the CCD.
Northeast Consortium DC Career Fair
Embassy Suites DC Convention
January 15, 2008 from 9am–5 pm
This Fair features government
employers who are recruiting for summer and permanent positions.
This Fair takes place every January in Washington, DC
and is open to all current Pace Law Students.
To register, you must have applied to specific employers
through Symplicity by December 3, 2007.
Representative employers include:
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; Citizens for
Responsibility and Ethics in Washington; Federal Bureau of
Investigation; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Human Rights
Campaign; Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.; Legal Services Corporation;
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund; National
Partnership for Women and Families; Public Employees for
Environmental Responsibility; U.S. Board of Veteran’s Appeals;
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement; U.S.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, Departmental Appeals Board; U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development; U.S. Department of Transportation,
Office of Hearings. For
more information, please contact the CCD.
Students are responsible for their own transportation costs
Public Interest Career Fairs Return
Interest Career Reception
NYC Bar Association, New York City
Law students from 16 area law schools
have the opportunity to meet informally with representatives from
area public interest and public sector organizations. This reception
is held every August from 6-8:30 pm at the New York City Bar Association.
The CCD will circulate specific information describing the
event in August.
Justice Works Career Fair
Sponsored by NALP and Equal Justice Works,
this Fair is held every October and “provides a unique opportunity for students and
graduates from participating law schools to collect information and
interview with recruiters from civil rights organizations, consumer
and environmental advocates, government agencies, legal services
offices and other representatives of the public interest law
cannot interview at this job fair, but can participate in table talk
for networking purposes.) Students
and alumni interested in participating in this job fair must
register with the CCD. A
list of participating employers to whom you must write directly to
request an interview at the Fair can be found at www.equaljusticeworks.org.
The CCD will pay the law school registration fee; no fee is
charged to students. Students are responsible for travel expenses to
Washington, DC; however, limited travel assistance is available from Equal Justice
Works. For more
information, see www.equaljusticeworks.org
or the CCD.
Legal Services, Bronx,
Center for Constitutional Rights, New York, NY
Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, Philadelphia, PA
Central Florida Legal Services, Daytona Beach,
Community Legal Aid Society, Wilmington, DE
Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, PA
Comptroller of the Currency, Washington, DC
Judicial Department - Legal Research, New Haven, CT
Public Defender's Office, Chicago, IL
Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC
Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC
Federal Election Commission, Washington, DC
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC
House of Ruth Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, Hyattsville, MD
Kings County District Attorney's Office, Brooklyn, NY
of the City of
New York, New York, NY
Mental Health Law Project, Washington, DC
Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC
New York City
Law Department, New York, NY
New York County District Attorney's Office, New York
Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Philadelphia
Queens County District Attorney's Office, NY
Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe – General Counsel, Agency Village,
Public Interest Career Fair
NYU Law School, New York
This 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 speak with employers at
information tables. In addition to
public interest organizations, District Attorneys’ offices and
other public sector and government employers participate in the program. In
2006, more than 1,700 law students and representatives from 189
organizations attended the Fair. Pace Law
and at least 19 other northeastern law schools participate in the
Symposium and Fair. The
Symposium is similar to the Equal Justice Works Career Fair: panel
presentations are held and individual interview opportunities are
available. Resumes and
choice sheets must be submitted by each student to employers
selected via a special URL that is provided to students in November by the CCD. Students will be able to access employer
information and submit resumes directly to employers through this
special URL. In 2008, the Fair will take place from
February 7-8, 2008. You
must have registered on-line by December 5, 2007 to participate.
For more information: http://www.law.nyu.edu/depts/publicinterest/pilcfair/.
Center for Career Development
will be holding a program on February
4 from 1-2 pm (video replay: February 6 from 1-2 pm) on
navigating the NYU Public Interest Fair.
PUBLIC INTEREST/PUBLIC SECTOR LEGAL CAREERS DAY
of the Law, San Francisco, CA
This program is held every
February – this year, it will take place on February 9, 2008. The
program is sponsored by the Consortium of Northern California Law
Career Services Offices of several
law schools and the Public Interest Clearinghouse. (Note that
formal interviews are limited to students
of sponsoring schools – Pace is not
a sponsoring school; meet the advocates (tabling) is open to all
students/alumni of any school).
For more information, contact Katherine Moser at
415-422-6757 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit: http://www.pic.org/programs/pilp/pipsday.html.
2007 participating advocates included (among many others):
AIDS Legal Referral Panel, California Appellate Project,
Center for Food Safety, Disability Rights Education & Defense
Fund, California Coastal Commission, California Public Utilities
Commission, Earthjustice, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates,
Environmental Law Foundation, and Sierra Club.
Annual Robert M. Cover Retreat
public interest law students, professors, and practitioners from the
Eastern, Mid-Eastern, and Southern United States gather at this
Retreat to network, strategize and socialize. In 2008, the
Retreat will be held from February
29-March 2, 2008 at a
about the Retreat can be found on the Yale
Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference is the premier
annual gathering for environmentalists worldwide, and is
distinguished as the oldest and largest of its kind. The Conference
historically unites more than 3,000 activists, attorneys, students,
scientists, and concerned citizens from over 50 countries around the
globe to share their experience and expertise. The Conference is
organized solely by the volunteers of Land
Air Water (LAW), a student environmental law society, and is
sponsored by Friends
of Land Air Water (FLAW), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
The 2008 conference will be held March
6-9, 2008 in Eugene, Oregon. The conference
includes over 125 panels, workshops, and multi-media presentations
addressing a broad spectrum of environmental law and advocacy.
Topics include: forest protection and ecological restoration,
grazing and mining reform, labor and human rights, air and water
pollution, Native American treaty rights, globalization and
"free" trade, environmental justice, corporate
responsibility, marine wilderness, international environmental law,
water rights and dam removal, oil and gas litigation, genetic
engineering, and urban growth. For more information on this annual
conference see www.pielc.org.
MINORITY JOB FAIR FOR FIRST YEAR LAW STUDENTS
University, Wilmington, DE
This Fair is sponsored by the
Delaware State Bar Association and local legal employers and takes
place every January for
first-year minority law students who are interested in practicing in
. In 2008, it will take
place on Saturday, January 19, 2008; registration was due on
December 10, 2007. Representatives
from large, small and medium
law firms, as well as public sector employers, including federal,
state and local government, participate in this Fair.
The Fair also provides an opportunity for students to learn
about diversity in
Delaware. The CCD circulates
information on this fair every November.
Please contact the
at Widener (302-477-2163) or e-mail email@example.com
for more information.
BLACK PROSECUTORS ASSOCIATION (NBPA)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
The NBPA holds its annual career fair every July or August, as part of their Annual Conference.
In 2008, the Job Fair will be held
on July 14, 2008 at the Hilton
Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in
Fort Lauderdale, FL.
information, contact the NBPA at (954) 660-5694
or visit their site at www.blackprosecutors.org.
This Fair is held every
August and is open to students of color from participating law
schools in the Northeast Region, including Pace.
The student application form is due in the spring preceding
each fall job fair. Please
note: there is no general registration in the fall or on-site at the
Job Fair. For further
information contact the CCD, the Black Law Student Association at
, or visit the National Black Law Students Association at www.nblsa.org.
Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities
nationwide career fair for law students and attorneys with
is due early in the summer. In
2007, the Fair took place in Arlington, VA.
For more information,
go to http://www.law.arizona.edu/Career/IMPACT/welcome.cfm.
MINORITY JOB FAIR FOR SECOND- AND THIRD-YEAR LAW STUDENTS
The Fair is sponsored by the
Delaware State Bar Association and local legal employers, including
law firms, corporations and governmental legal employers takes place
every August for
second- and third-year minority law students who are interested in
. The Delaware
Minority Job Fair differs from many other job fairs in that students
must be invited to attend rather than simply registering and showing
return, the students invited receive considerably more individual
attention than is possible in a very large job fair.
When you submit an application for an invitation, you are, in
effect, submitting an application to all of the
legal employers who participate in the program.
You will be eligible for an invitation if two or more of
those employers wish to meet you.
Applications for the fair will be
available in the CCD during the spring; registration is due many
months prior to the Fair. For
more information, please contact the
at Widener (302-477-2163) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legal Diversity Career Fair
New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, New Orleans
This Fair is held every
August in multiple locations.
Vault has partnered with the
Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), an advocate for
increased diversity in the legal profession, to produce a series of
legal diversity career fairs for diverse law students and
lateral associates. The
events bring together partners and recruiters from over 200 law
firms, corporate counsel from some of
's largest corporations, lateral attorneys and law students from
over 150 law schools, and members of minority law associations.
Open to actively enrolled second- and third-year law students
of all accredited law schools. For
more information, go to http://www.vault.com/legaldiversity/.
STATE BAR ASSOCIATION MINORITY JOB FAIR
School, New Orleans, LA
This Fair is held every
September. To find
out when the next job fair will be held, please contact the bar
association at (800) 421-LSBA.
Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF)
This Fair is held every
September, with registration due in July. The HDLJF is the
result of Kansas City's leading law firms, together with legal
organizations, coming together to encourage law students from
diverse backgrounds to practice law in Kansas
City. The HDLJF is designed to expose law students of
diverse backgrounds to both the traditional and non-traditional
legal employer. For more information, contact Joy A. Batteen
at 816-474-4322, or visit their website at
Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair
This Fair takes place every
September, with registration due in July.
Legal employers attending the RMDLCF “seek to hire law
students and [recent] graduates from culturally diverse backgrounds
that have been traditionally under-represented in the practice of
law in the
region, including law students and [recent] graduates who are ethnic
or racial minorities and/or gay or lesbian.” The Rocky Mountain
Diversity Legal Career Fair allows legal employers to interview - at
one time and in one location, second-year, third-year, and recent
law school graduates. “The
goal of the fair is to promote a format that enables employers,
including law firms of all sizes, major corporations, public
interest organizations, the judiciary, and federal, state and local
government agencies, to meet a diverse group of law students and
recent law school graduates and to facilitate efficient hiring.”
Interviews will be granted through a prescreening process as
well as by invitation during the event at the employers' option.
For more information, go to http://www.rmdlcf.com/.
NATIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION (NAPABA) CONFERENCE
conference includes a job fair.
For information about this fair and NAPABA, please refer to
the website: www.napaba.org.
Law Career Fair
San Francisco, CA
Held every September,
the Lavender Law Career Fair is “designed to achieve a sense of
community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal
profession's recruiting efforts.
By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk
directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government
agencies, LGBT rights groups, and legal departments.”
Over 500 candidates and over 150 recruiters representing
private firms and public organizations from all over the country
were present at the 2007 Career Fair in Chicago. In 2008, the Fair will
be held from September 4-6,
2008 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA. For more information
go to http://www.lavenderlaw.org/careerfair.html.
Specialty Practice Areas Career Fairs Return
of Law Patent Interview Program
This fair is open to law students across the nation who are
interested in pursuing a career in patent law.
First- and second-year day students
and first-, second- and third-year evening students are invited to
attend the job fair to seek prospective summer associate and
entry-level positions. If
you have an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering or a
technical science, you may want to consider registering for the
program. If you are not eligible to sit for the patent
bar, you should not register. The program gives
qualified students from across the country the opportunity to
interview with patent law firms, as well as law firms,
corporations, and government agencies with patent law departments.
Last year, 150 employers from across the country participated, along
with more than 1500 registered students from 135 law schools. The
2008 Patent Program will take place from July 31-August 1, 2008 at
the Marriott Suites Hotel near Chicago’s O’Hare airport.
Registration for next year’s fair will be due in February.
pays a school registration fee; students are responsible for a
nominal registration fee and travel expenses to Chicago. Please contact the CCD
for more information.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW ASSOCIATION JOB FAIR (AIPLA)
This Fair is held every
October in Washington, DC. Membership in AIPLA is
mandatory for participation. Application
forms and more information can be found at www.aipla.org.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW ASSOCIATION CAREER FAIR
San Francisco, CA
This Fair is held every July in San Francisco, CA. Registration is
available in May, and the registration deadline is in June.
Membership in the San Francisco Intellectual Property Law
Association (SFIPLA) is mandatory; however, you do not need to be a
resident of the
area in order to be a member. For
information on membership and the career fair, go to www.sfipla.com.
Upcoming Events and
Career Paths for Young Lawyers and Law Students Teleconference
(sponsored by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and
Resources and the Young Lawyers Division)
Part 1: January 10*
*Panelists Include our own Dean Alex Dunn, Assistant Dean of
Environmental Law Programs
Part 2: January 17
Time: 12-1:15 pm
Complimentary registrations are available for law student
groups and environmental law societies. Please contact Ninah
Moore at (312) 988-5724 or MooreN@staff.abanet.org
to secure your registration.
DC Career Fair, Washington,
DC January 15
Winter Career Fair
January 17, 6-8
pm, Tudor Room, Pace Law School
22, 5-8 pm, Outside Cafeteria
Interview Prep Workshop
23, 5-6 pm
Fellowship & Other Deadlines
Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Summer Legal Internships
Bar Association Section of Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity
Seacrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship
Law Student Union Summer Internship
for Humane Studies Charles G. Koch Summer Fellows Program