January 2008

This 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 advantage!

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.   

Both 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 Pace Law School and 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 Delaware).

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:

  • Register in advance, if required;
  • Make sure your resume is in proper format and typo-free; meet with a career counselor to go over your resume;
  • Brush up on your interviewing skills (even if you are just planning on “table talk”); sign up for a mock interview with a career counselor;
  • Research the employers who are attending the fair in advance, and create a list of the ones that you want to be sure to speak with; and
  • If 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:

  • Dress in formal business attire;
  • Bring a pad folio, briefcase, tote bag or other professional looking business bag to collect employer information and business cards;
  • Bring multiple copies of your resume on resume-quality paper;
  • Bring multiple copies of your transcript (photocopies of your official transcript);
  • Bring multiple copies of your writing samples on white paper;
  • Bring multiple copies of a list of references on resume-quality paper, in case a potential employer asks for them; and
  • Bring 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.


1st Annual Pace Law School Winter Career Fair
Pace Law School, White Plains, NY
January 17, 2008 from 6-8 pm
Please join us at the 1st Annual Pace Law School Winter Career Fair.  Open to all current Pace Law School students, this Fair provides an opportunity to meet local employers and learn about career opportunities in the metro- New York 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.

Annual Northeast Consortium DC Career Fair
Embassy Suites DC Convention Center, Washington, DC
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 to Washington, DC.


Public Interest Career Fairs  Return to top

Annual Public 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 many metro- New York 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.

Equal Justice Works Career Fair
, DC
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 community.”  (1L’s 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. 

 Representative employers include:

Bronx Legal Services, Bronx, NY
Center for Constitutional Rights, New York, NY
Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, Philadelphia, PA
Central Florida Legal Services, Daytona Beach, FL
Community Legal Aid Society, Wilmington, DE
Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, PA
Comptroller of the Currency, Washington, DC
Judicial Department - Legal Research, New Haven, CT
Cook County 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
Action Center 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
, NY
Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Philadelphia , PA
Queens County District Attorney's Office, NY
Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe – General Counsel, Agency Village, SD

NYU 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 School 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/.

The 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.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC INTEREST/PUBLIC SECTOR LEGAL CAREERS DAY University of California Hastings College 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 California 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 moserk@usfca.edu 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
Peterborough, NH
Every winter,
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 Retreat Center in Peterborough , NH .  Information about the Retreat can be found on the Yale Law School website:  http://www.law.yale.edu/news/coverretreat.asp.

Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
Eugene, OR
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.


Diversity Career Fairs    Return to top

Widener 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 Delaware .  In 2008, it will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2008; registration was due on December 10, 2007.  Representatives from large, small and medium Delaware 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 Career Services Center at Widener (302-477-2163) or e-mail career.development@law.widener.edu for more information.

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. For further 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 Pace Law School , or visit the National Black Law Students Association at www.nblsa.org. 

IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities
Held every August, IMPACT is a nationwide career fair for law students and attorneys with disabilities.  Registration 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.

, DE
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 practicing in Delaware .  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 up.  In 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 Delaware 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 Career Services Center at Widener (302-477-2163) or e-mail career.development@law.widener.edu.

Vault/MCAA 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 America '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/.

Loyola Law 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.

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF)
Kansas City, MO

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  www.heartlanddiversity.org

Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair
, CO
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 Rocky Mountain 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/

NAPABA’s annual conference includes a job fair.  For information about this fair and NAPABA, please refer to the website: www.napaba.org.

Lavender 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 to top

Loyola University Chicago School of Law Patent Interview Program
Chicago, IL

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.  The Law School 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.

, DC
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.

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 San Francisco area in order to be a member.  For information on membership and the career fair, go to www.sfipla.com.


Upcoming Events and Programs  

Environmental Career Paths for Young Lawyers and Law Students Teleconference Series 
(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.

Annual Northeast Consortium DC Career Fair, Washington, DC January 15

First Annual Pace Law School Winter Career Fair  
January 17, 6-8 pm, Tudor Room, Pace Law School

Evening Student Table
January 22, 5-8 pm, Outside Cafeteria

Intensive Interview Prep Workshop
January 23, 5-6 pm
Moot Court Room

Upcoming Fellowship & Other Deadlines

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Summer Legal Internships 
January 15

American Bar Association Section of Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Program 
January 18 

Harter Seacrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship 
January 21  

AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer Internship 
January 28 

Institute for Humane Studies Charles G. Koch Summer Fellows Program January 31

Pace Law School, Center for  Career Development,   (914) 422-4217   www.law.pace.edu