Chicago-Kent advertises and/or participates in a number of job fairs each year to increase interview opportunities for its students. Job fairs also provide interview opportunities to special segments of the student population. Watch this space, the Record, and the CSO Bulletin Board on the 3rd Floor for more information, including updates about these job fairs. Should you have any questions, please contact kentcso via e-mail or call (312) 906-5200.
This list was compiled by the Career Services Office at Chicago-Kent College of Law and is not meant to be exhaustive. While we attempt to update the list regularly, dates and deadlines for fairs can change. Be sure to check the websites of each fair to confirm dates and deadlines, as well as whether you meet the requirements to participate. While some job fairs are designed to further particular goals of diversity within the legal profession, they cannot discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, or sexual orientation. If a job fair charges a fee in order for individual students to attend, you are responsible for paying the fee and any expenses related to attending the job fair.
NYU School of Law hosts this one-day consortium program bringing together over 1100 foreign-trained law students from 30 law schools with 130+ employers with positions in approximately 35 countries including the United States. Next year's annual Program will be held in New York City at NYU Law School in January 2014. The program is strictly for foreign lawyers enrolled as full-time LL.M. students at a sponsoring law school during the 2013-2014 academic year (Chicago-Kent is a program sponsor). Informational packets containing all necessary program instructions and registration materials may be picked up in the career services office, Room 360. Registration for the 2014 conference is closed. In the past, students chosen for interviews by participating employers were notified about their interviews in December.
The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC), sponsored by the Chicago Area Law School Consortium, is a job fair for students interested in employment and volunteer opportunities in the public sector. The Conference attracts over 50 employers for on-site interviews, table talk and resume collections. In 2012, more than 120 students from Chicago-Kent registered to attend this event. Next year's Conference will be held at Northwestern Law School in February 2015. Information about last year's fair is available online at http://mpilcc.uchicago.edu/. Registration for the 2015 conference will open in Fall 2014.
The Bay Area Diversity Career Fair will occur on July 26, 2014 and is hosted by The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and sponsored by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. The Annual Bay Area Diversity Career Fair brings together prominent law firms and government legal departments in the San Francisco Bay Area and highly qualified diverse 2L law students from distinguished local law schools as well as other top schools from around the nation to participate in summer associate programs. Student registration closes June 15, 2014. Interested students can register here.
The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) is committed to the recruitment, training, and career advancement of minority attorneys as prosecutors at all levels of government. The Annual Conference will occur July 22, 2014 in Scottsdale, AZ. In addition to a comprehensive legal training program for prosecutors, the conference will host the NBPA Job Fair during the conference. The NBPA Job Fair provides a forum for law school students, recent law school graduates and experienced attorneys from across the nation to meet and interview for prospective employment in prosecutors' offices at the local, state and federal levels. For more information, click here. Registration closes June 30, 2014.
VAULT and the Minority Corporate Council Association (MCCA) will offer a career fair on August 1, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The goals are to connect top legal employers with minority, women and GLBT students and associates; deliver educational content for law students and provide professional development programs for young associates. Check the website www.vault.com/legaldiversity for more details as they become available.
This year's annual program will be held July 31-August 1, 2014 in Chicago, IL. The Program is only open to law students who will be returning to school in Fall 2014. It is not for students beginning school in Fall 2014, students graduating spring or summer 2014, or alumni. Prospective positions are for 2015 summer associate and entry-level attorney positions. For more information, click here. Please note that a non-refundable $35 registration fee is due at the time of registration. Registration closes March 3, 2014.
The Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair will be held August 21-22, 2014 at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites. Second-year full-time (graduating in May 2016) and part-time 2L and 3L (graduating in 2016/2017) law students are invited to participate in the annual IndyBar Diversity Job Fair. The fair draws candidates who represent all aspects of diversity and who are looking for a one-of-a kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. The student registration deadline is July 19, 2014. To register, click here.
The annual BLG Minority Job Fair will be held on August 1, 2014 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston. Since its founding in 1986, the Boston Lawyers Groups has grown into a consortium of more than 45 members, including prominent law firms, corporate legal departments and government agencies in Boston. Over the years, members of the BLG have demonstrated a consistent pattern of significant increases in the number of jobs offered to and accepted by attorneys of color. Click here for more information. Registration closes July 7, 2014.
The 6th Annual IMPACT Career Fair will be held in August 2014 in Arlington, VA. Last year, 30 law firms and government agencies interviewed students from across the US. Law students and lawyers with disabilities from the Classes of 2014 and earlier are invited to participate. The registration deadline is TBD. For more information about last year's fair and to obtain updated information about the 2014 fair as it becomes available, please click here.
The Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference is a program of the Twin Cities Committee on Minority Lawyers in Large Law Firms ("TCC"). The Conference is aimed at hiring law students of color from around the country for law firms, corporations, and government agencies located in Minnesota. On average, over 150 students and approximately 30 employers participate each year. Law students in their second or third year of law school are eligible to apply. The 2014 conference will be held on August 1, 2014. For additional information, please visit www.diversityinpractice.org. The student registration deadline is June 7, 2014.
The St. Louis Diversity Job Fair will be held on August 8-9, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The primary goal of the Fair is to attract a diverse group of 2L and 3L students to the metropolitan St. Louis legal community, encourage them to practice law in the area, and become and integral part of the St. Louis community. The classes of 2015 and 2016 (2L and 3L) are invited to participate. The deadline for students to register is May 30, 2014. Please visit www.stldiversityjobfair.com/index.html for more information.
The Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair will be held in August 1-2, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. 2L's, 3L's, and 2013 graduates interested in becoming part of Kansas City's dynamic legal community should strongly consider attending this event. The job fair is designed to introduce law students of diverse backgrounds to internships, summer associate positions and full-time employment to both the traditional and non-traditional legal employers. The student registration deadline is June 14, 2014. For more information visit www.heartlanddiversity.org.
The 31st Annual Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair will be held on August 8, 2014 in Chicago, IL. 2L's and 3L's (students in the classes of 2015 and 2016) are invited to participate. Student registration will open April 1, 2014.
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) 2013 Job Fair will be held on Septmeber 12, 2014 in Washington, DC in conjunction with HNBA's Annual Convention. Job Fair participants will be able to interact with leading Hispanic lawyers throughout the United States and participate in enriching continuing legal education programs. For more information about last year's event and to receive information about the 2013 fair as it becomes available, please visit www.hnba.com/news-events/annual-convention. The deadline to register is TBD.
The 2013 National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association Annual Conference and Career Fair (formerly known as Lavender Law Career Fair) will be held August 21-23, 2014 in New York, NY. This annual Conference & Career Fair is designed to pair lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender attorneys and law students with opportunities at law firms and government agencies. The Career Fair has grown leaps and bounds over the past five years. Over six hundred attorney candidates and one hundred thirty employers representing private firms and public organizations from all over the country were present at last year's Career Fair in New York. Students are encouraged to join the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association for $40. If a member of the LGBT Bar Association, the fee to register is $85. Non-member registration is $135. More information is available at www.lgbtbar.org/annual/register.
The Northwest Minority Job Fair will be held on August 23, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The mission of the fair is to foster access to employment opportunities for historically underrepresented persons in the practice of law and to provide a networking forum for legal employers and minority law students. Current students and 2014 graduates are welcome to participate. Based upon the original purpose of the Job Fair and limited resources, the focus of our mission is ethnic minorities. The registration deadline is July 21, 2014. For more information, please visit www.nwmjf.org.
The VBA's Annual Diversity Job Fair will take place in August 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. Students must be rising 2Ls or 3Ls and interested in practicing in Virginia in order to participate. The Diversity Job Fair is open to all students of diverse backgrounds including: race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or age. The deadline to register is TBD. Check www.vba.org for more details as they become available.
The Tri-State Diversity Recruitment Program offers second and third year law school students the opportunity to interview for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions with Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky employers. The program is sponsored by Greenbaum, Doll, and McDonald and will be held in August 2013 at Embassy Suites Hotel in Covington, KY. Check the website for more information about the 2013 program as details become available.
The Job Fair was founded by a consortium of Delaware law firm, corporate, and public sector/interest legal employers interested in recruiting minority law students for the purpose of increasing diversity in the Delaware bar. The Job Fair, an invitation-only event, is limited to students interested in employment opportunities in Delaware who will be in their second or third year of law school during the 2013-14 academic year. While minority law students are the focus of this event, the Job Fair accepts applications from all interested students. The registration deadline is TBD.
The Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair will take place on August 1, 2014. The fair is open to students and recent graduates of any U.S. law school. Legal employers attending the RMDLCF seek to hire law students and 2014 graduates from culturally diverse backgrounds that have been traditionally under-represented in the practice of law in the Rocky Mountain region. These include law students and 2013 graduates who are ethnic or racial minorities and/or gay or lesbian. The registration deadline is June 10, 2014. For more information and to obtain details about the 2014 fair as they become available, please visit www.rmdlcf.com.
The annual Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference is the nation's largest public interest law career fair and conference, hosting more than 200 employers and 1,200 students and graduates from across the country. Equal Justice Works hosts this conference and career fair to broaden, support, and recognize the efforts and participation of public interest-minded law students, lawyers, and advocates. This year's Fair will take place on October 24-25, 2014 in Arlington, VA. All persons registered for the Career Fair may participate in the one-on-one employer interviews, table talk interviews, and educational sessions on how to advance a public interest career. Students who would like one-on-one interviews must submit resumes and cover letters to attending employers in September. For further information, including how to register, deadlines, and participating employers, visit www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair. First-year students: In accordance with the National Association for Legal Professional guidelines, you are not permitted to participate in one-on-one interviews with employers. However, you may participate in the Table Talk and career development sessions.