2016 Job Fairs

Job fairs are a great opportunity to meet a large number of employers, many that intend to hire. Below is a list of job fairs for law students (scroll down for more detailed descriptions of each). Please note that this list is not meant to be exhaustive and 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. Registration and interview bidding are required well in advance of the fairs.

Job Fair

Month

Location

Washington Bar Association Career Fair *

February

Washington, DC

Bay Area Diversity Career Fair 

July

San Francisco, CA

Loyola Patent Law Interview Program *

July

Chicago, IL

National Bar Association Job Fair & Annual Conference *

July

Los Angeles, CA

National Black Prosecutors Annual Conference & Job Fair *

July

Hilton Ballpark, St. Louis

Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair *

July

Denver, CO

Boston Lawyers Group Boston Fair for Law Students of Color

August

Boston, MA

Cook County Bar AssociationÕs Minority Law Student Job Fair *

August

Chicago, IL

Delaware Minority Job Fair *

August

Wilmington, DE

DuPont Minority Job Fair (TBD)

August

Los Angeles, CA;

Wilmington, DE and

Houston, TX

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair *

August

Kansas City, MO

IndyBar Diversity Job Fair

August

Indianapolis, IN

Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair *

August

Washington, DC

Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Job Fair (TBD) *

August

Washington, DC

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference *

August

Minneapolis, MN

Northwest Minority Job Fair *

August

Seattle, WA

St. Louis Diversity Job Fair *

August

St. Louis, MO

San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association (SFIPLA) Bay Area Job Fair

August

San Francisco, CA

Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention *

September

Chicago, IL

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair *

October

Arlington, VA

* The highlighted titles are open to Rising-3Ls as well as Rising-2Ls.

Bay Area Diversity Career Fair

Target Class Year: Rising 2Ls

Location: San Francisco, CA

Date: July 22-23, 2016

Registration Period: May 16 - June 12, 2016

Description: The Diversity Career Fair brings together prominent law firms, government legal departments, and nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area with highly qualified diverse risingsecondyear law students. The participating students come from distinguished local law schools, as well as other top schools from around the nation to interview for coveted positions in summer associate programs. 

Underwritten by Orrick and sponsored by BASF, the Bay Area Diversity Career Fair provides a much needed event for employers in the Bay Area, as well as diverse law students across the country, who previously had to travel great distances for job fairs that targeted minority candidates. In addition to the interviews, the fair also provides students with networking and educational opportunities. A welcome reception for registered students and employers takes place the night before the interviews, and a breakfast panel the morning of the fair features diverse lawyers from a variety of practice areas.

Boston Lawyers Group Boston Fair for Law Students of Color

Target Class Year: Rising 2Ls

Location: Boston, MA

Date: August 1-2, 2016

Registration Period: May 16 to Jun 12, 2016

Description: The Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) is a consortium of over 40 of the largest law firms, government agencies, and corporations in Boston. Its mission is to promote the hiring, retention, and professional development of attorneys of color in its member organizations.  A primary goal of the BLG is to increase the number of law students of color that member organizations hire for their Boston office. 

 Cook County Bar Association's Minority Law Student Job Fair

Target Class Year: Rising 2Ls & 3Ls

Location: Chicago, IL

Date: August 12, 2016

Registration Period: Closed

Description: The objective of the CCBA Minority Job Fair remains unchanged to recruit the brightest talent amongst minority law students of color and match them with employers (law firms, corporations, government agencies, and public interest agencies) that truly value diversity.

Delaware Minority Job Fair

Target Class Year: Rising 2Ls & 3Ls

Location: Wilmington, DE

Date: August 6, 2016

Registration Period: June 1, 2016 deadline

Description:  The Delaware Minority Job Fair Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association encourages you to apply for an invitation to participate in the 2016 Delaware Minority Job Fair for Second- and Third-Year Law Students, which will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Widener University Delaware Law School (Wilmington, Delaware campus). The Job Fair was founded by a consortium of Delaware law firm, corporate, and public sector/interest legal employers interested in promoting diversity and inclusion in the Delaware bar. This year's Job Fair currently includes 18 employers from both the private and public sectors.

The Job Fair, an invitation-only event, is limited to students interested in summer or full-time employment opportunities in Delaware who will be in their second or third year of law school during the 2016-17 academic year. Students pre-selected by two or more employers will receive an invitation to attend the Job Fair by early July and be asked to accept or decline their interview invitations by mid-July. Invited students must make their own arrangements to travel to Wilmington, Delaware to attend the Job Fair. As funds permit, the Job Fair plans to reimburse reasonable, documented student travel expenses. If sufficient funds are not available to cover all expenses, students will be reimbursed on a percentage basis.

DuPont Minority Job Fair (No updates)

Target Class Year: Rising 1Ls, 2Ls

Location: Los Angeles, CA; Wilmington, DE and Houston, TX

Date: August 2, 2014

Registration Period: May 1, 2014

Description: DuPont Legal organized its first Minority Job Fair in 1994, to assist our PLFs with their minority recruitment efforts. Today, itÕs a successful multi-city event, bringing in more than 500 resumes from minority law students around the country who interview with DuPont PLFs. The Minority Job Fair has earned DuPont Legal the National Association for Legal PlacementÕs Mark of Distinction Award.

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

Target Class Year: 2Ls & 3Ls & Recent Grads

Location: Arlington, VA

Date: October 28 & October 29, 2016

Registration Period: Aug. 15 - Sept 14 2016

Description: The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country.  More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities.  Public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal 'table talk' settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities.  The Conference and Career Fair also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more.

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair

Target Class Year:

Rising 2Ls, 3Ls, &

Recent Grads

Location: Kansas City,

MO

Date: August 5-6, 2016

Registration Period: June 24, 2016

Description: The primary purpose of the HDLJF is to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the practice of law in Kansas City. The founders and organizers of the HDLJF strongly believe that the inclusion of diversity in its many facets, including, without limitation, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, marital status, age and veteran status, enriches us all.

Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention  

Target Class Year: 2Ls, 3Ls, Grads

Location: Chicago, IL

Date: September 9, 2016

Registration Period: July 15, 2016

Description: The HNBA Career Fair is the nation's largest career fair for Hispanic law students and legal professionals and is held at the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Annual Convention. The event will gives students access to government agencies, law firms, and leaders of industry, as well as allows students to make contacts that may lead to employment or other postgraduation professional opportunities. The HNBA Career Fair is open to all law students.

IndyBar Diversity Job Fair

Target Class Year: 2Ls

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Date: August 1-2, 2016

Registration Period: June 18, 2016

Description: Are you passionate about starting your career in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm? Looking to meet legal employers from large, medium and small firms, as well as government agencies, corporations and members of the judiciary? Get a jump start on creating lasting relationships at the 2016 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair.  Employers will be hiring clerks or interns, not offering permanent placement; they will expect to interview 2Ls or those graduating spring 2017/2018 based on full or part-time status.

A $2500 scholarship will be presented to three interviewing students. Scholarship applications

(available online) must be received no later than Monday, July 15, 2016.

Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair

Target Class Year: 2Ls, 3Ls, Alumni

Location: Washington, DC

Date: August 4-6, 2016

Registration Period: June 2- July 22, 2016 (online pre-registration ends)

Description: The National LGBT Bar Association's annual 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 corporate legal departments. No bidding is involved. You just register, go, and sit and interview with whomever you want.

Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

Target Class Year: 2Ls, 3Ls

Location: Chicago, IL

Date: Aug. 4-5, 2016

Registration Period: Closed

Description: The Loyola Patent Law Interview Program is a two-day interview 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.

Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Job Fair (TBD)

Target Class Year: 2Ls, 3Ls

Location: Washington, DC

Date: TBD

Registration Period: TBD

Description: Exclusively for second and third year students, the Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Job Fair is your chance to meet with employers from various practice areas. As a reminder, you must be a national dues paying member in order to participate in the MABLSA Job Fair. It is not too late to pay your dues and participate! Dues can be paid at www.nblsa.org

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference

Target Class Year: 2Ls, 3Ls

Location: Saint Paul,

MN

Date: August 5, 2016

Registration Period: April 25 – June 2, 2016

Description: The Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference (MMRC) is an annual event that connects the largest legal employers in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area with diverse 2L and 3L candidates from around the country. Each year's conference and job fair includes between 25 and 30 employers and upwards of 100 law students.  

Employers participating in the interviews will include small, medium and large firms; corporate law departments; and public interest, nonprofit and government entities.  The conference is sponsored by Twin Cities Diversity in Practice but is a unique opportunity to interview with both private law firms and local government employers as well.  During lunch, students enjoy a discussion on key issues relevant to their job search and building a successful career.

National Bar Association Job Fair & Annual Conference

Target Class Year: 2Ls, 3Ls

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Date: July 22, 2016

Registration Period: Onsite Registration

Description: Student participants must be registered members of the National Bar Association. 

National Black Prosecutors Annual Conference & Job Fair

Target Class Year: 2Ls, 3Ls, Alumni

Location: Hilton Ballpark, St. Louis

Date: July 12, 2016

Registration Period: May 1 – June 24, 2016

Description: The goal of the National Black Prosecutors Association's (NBPA) Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutors' offices by providing a forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels.  Scroll down on website to 'NBPA 2016 Job Fair Registration – Applicants.'

Northwest Minority Job Fair

Target Class Year: 2Ls, limited 3Ls & Alumni

Location: Seattle, WA

Date: August 27, 2016

Registration Period: June 20 - July 22, 2016

Description: The Northwest Minority Job Fair, sponsored and funded by a consortium of legal sector employers, is an excellent place to begin.  For 29 years, this event has brought together private and public law firms committed to promoting diversity by providing a unique opportunity for employers, law students and lawyers to match legal talent with needs. Last year's Northwest Minority Job Fair brought together approximately 120 students and 31 law firms/agencies. Registration is free for students, and all expenses are paid by the participating employers.  

Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair

Target Class Year: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, Alumni

Location: Denver, CO

Date: July 29, 2016

Registration Period: June 10, 2016

Description: The Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair provides an excellent forum for legal employers, law students and law school graduates to meet and discuss employment options with the goal of expanding opportunities and assisting the legal profession in fulfilling its commitment to diversity. Legal employers attending the RMDLCF seek to hire law students and graduates from diverse backgrounds that have been traditionally under-represented in the practice of law in the Rocky Mountain region. These include law students and graduates who are ethnic or racial minorities, disabled, and/or gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.  

Law students and recent law school graduates are invited to register and attend the RMDLCF and to apply for twenty-minute scheduled interviews with participating employers. Candidates may also have the opportunity to informally talk with employers at their exhibitor tables.

San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association (SFIPLA) Bay Area Job Fair

Target Class Year: Rising 2Ls & 3Ls

Location: San Francisco, CA

Date: July 16, 2016

Registration Period: Closed

Description: All accredited law schools in California, and others throughout the country, will be invited to participate in the SFIPLA Job Fair. Rising 2L and 3L students will be provided with a list of participating employers and asked to designate the employers with whom they would like to interview. Employers will then have an opportunity to review the resumes of interested students and select the candidates to interview.

St. Louis Diversity Job Fair

Target Class Year: Rising 2Ls, 3Ls

Location: St. Louis, MO

Date: August 12-13, 2016

Registration Period: June 10, 2016 (midnight CST)

Description: 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 an integral part of our community. The Job Fair steering committee has invited law firms, corporations, and government agencies from all over the nation. On Friday, August 7, there will be law student/attorney networking dinners for all law students who are registered for the Job Fair.  The networking dinners will give lawyers and students an opportunity to do some informal networking.

The Job Fair offers full and partial stipends to students who would be unable to attend the Job Fair without financial assistance.  The number of stipends awarded is contingent on requests received and funds available.  The deadline for submitting stipend requests is July 1, 2016.

Upon registration, you will be required to provide the name and contact information of a Career

Services contact person; Lauren Phillips is your Career Services contact (lphillips@law.howard.edu). 

Washington Bar Association Career Fair (2017 TBD)

Target Class Year: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Location: Washington, DC

Date: February 27, 2016

Registration Period:  

Description: The Annual Career Fair provides job opportunities for law students and educates them about how to best prepare themselves to be as marketable as possible upon graduation. Activities include resume critiques and mock interviews.  Meet with judges, law firms and government agencies from the DC Metropolitan area. Resume critiques and mock interviews are available.