The Law School actively participates in off-campus recruiting programs and job fairs in order to give students increased access to a broad range of employers and to accommodate employers who are unable to participate in our on-campus interviews. The off-campus recruiting programs and job fairs supplement the traditional on-campus interview program held at the Law School in August and September of each year. The Law School pays the registration fees for the off-campus recruiting programs and fairs, though students who participate in these programs generally travel at their own expense.
If you have questions about any of these recruiting programs or job fairs, please contact the Office of Career and Professional Development at 608-262-7856.
Recruiting programs fall into four main categories:
- Geographic Recruiting Programs
These programs expand the interviewing opportunities for our students who are interested in a specific geographic area. We currently participate in programs with employers in the New York/ Northeast area, Washington D.C., and California.
Diversity Recruiting Programs
There are several programs that bring our LEO students together with employers who have a specific interest in hiring students of color. The programs are held in a variety of locations.
Public Interest Recruiting Programs
Our public interest-minded students can interview with a variety of employers from across the country at one of the special programs for public interest employers.
Specialized Recruiting Conferences
From time to time, different organizations offer specialized recruiting conferences. These programs, such as the Annual Patent Law Interview Program, give qualified law students an opportunity to meet with employers from across the country.
In addition to these recruiting programs, the NALP maintains a calendar of regional consortia and recruiting conferences, most of which occur annually. Go to http://www.nalp.org/city to see the current list.
Below are the descriptions of the specific recruiting programs in which the UW Law School participates.
Midwest-California-Georgia (MCGC) Recruiting Consortium
July 29, 2015 (Wed): Washington, DC Program
July 31, 2015 (Fri): New York/Northeast Program
August 7, 2015 (Fri): Bay Area Walk-Around Program
August 10, 2015 (Mon): Chicago Walk-Around Program
You will register for the MCGC Programs at https://law-midwestcali-csm.symplicity.com/students/index.php starting June 1. Registered students will receive an email containing their special ID and password (separate and distinct from the user name and password that you use to participate in our fall on-campus interview program and to access our on-line Job Bank) to use a separate Symplicity website to bid for and schedule interviews through any of these Programs. Both second- and third-year students (i.e., classes of 2016 and 2017) may participate.
To register, you will need: a resume, short writing sample (5 - 10 pages), unofficial transcript (make sure you sign your transcript release form) and cover letters for the employers who request them.
The bidding deadline for all four programs is July 6, 2015 at 11:59 AM.
Washington, D.C. Off-Campus Recruitment Program
This program is designed to expand interviewing opportunities for our students interested in summer and permanent positions with government agencies and law firms in the D.C. area. The D.C. Interview program will be taking place at St. Gregory Hotel, 2033 M Street, NW Washington, D.C. Seven law schools will be participating including Emory University, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, UCLA, USC, Washington University, as well as University of Wisconsin Law School.
New York/Northeast Off-Campus Recruitment Program
This program offers students an opportunity to interview with a variety of New York and Northeast employers. The participating schools are the University of Wisconsin, the University of Iowa, the University of Minnesota, UCLA, USC and Washington University. The New York Interview program will take place at a hotel, which is TBD.
Bay Area Walk Around Program
Through this program, students can submit their resumes for pre-screened interviews with West Coast employers. Seven law schools are participating: University of Iowa Law School, University of Minnesota Law School, UCLA, USC, University of Wisconsin Law School and Washington University Law School. The interviews will occur not at a hotel, but in the offices of the employers.
Chicago Walk Around Program
Through this program, students can submit their resumes for pre-screened interviews with Chicago law firms. Seven law schools are participating: University of Iowa Law School, University of Minnesota Law School, UCLA, USC, University of Wisconsin Law School and Washington University Law School. The interviews will occur not at a hotel, but in the offices of the employers.
American Bar Association: Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The American Bar Association's Office of Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce the ABA Legal Career Development Expo. The Expo will take place on Thursday, January 15, 2015, from 8am to 5pm at the ABA Headquarters in downtown Chicago located at 321 Clark Street, Chicago IL 60654.
More details available here.
Bay Area Diversity Career Fair:
The Bay Area Diversity Career Fair attracts hiring representatives from the Bay Area's most prominent law firms and government legal departments. Only law students who will have completed their first year of law school by the time of interviews are eligible to participate.
For more information including 2015 dates and registration, visit: http://www.sfbar.org/careerfair
Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair:
The Cook County Bar Association (“CCBA”) proudly established the CCBA Minority Law Student Job Fair after recognizing the need to bridge the employment gap between law firms, non-profit organizations, government agencies and minority law students in the Chicago legal community.
The first annual CCBA Minority Job Fair was held in 1983 on the campus of a local Chicago law school and included approximately 100 students and approximately 20 employers. This event has evolved into the highly-anticipated diversity recruitment event that consistently attracts more than 900 law students and 100+ employers every year. The CCBA Minority Job Fair has established itself as the oldest, largest, and most well-respected professional diversity employment event of its kind in the United States. The job fair is open to any 2L and 3L student; however the employers registered for CCBA Minority Job Fair expect to be able to interview under-represented law students of color, gender and sexual orientation.
For more information including 2015 dates and registration, visit: http://www.ccbaminorityjobfair.org/.
Boston Lawyers Group Job Fair:
The Boston Lawyers Group is a consortium of over 40 of the largest law firms, government agencies, and corporations in the City of Boston. Its mission is to promote the hiring, retention, and professional development of law students and attorneys of color.
For more information including 2015 dates and registration, visit: http://www.thebostonlawyersgroup.com/events/.
DuPont Legal Minority Job Fairs:
DuPont Legal organized its first Minority Job Fair in 1994, to assist our PLFs with their minority recruitment efforts. Today, it’s 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 Placement’s Mark of Distinction Award.
For more information including 2015 dates and registration, visit: http://www.dupontlegalmodel.com/diversity/dupont-legal-minority-job-fairs/
Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
The 2012 Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair will take place August 1-2, 2014, in Kansas City, MO. All rising 2Ls, 3Ls and 2014 Law Grads are invited to participate regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, veteran status, or disability.
For more information about the Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, visit: http://www.heartlanddiversity.org/.
To register, go to: https://law-kcmba-csm.symplicity.com/students/
The registration deadline is June 14, 2014.
Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair:
The Indianapolis Bar Association is hosting the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair on August 21-22, 2014.
Employers will be hiring clerks or interns, not offering permanent placement; they will expect to interview 2Ls or those graduating spring 2016/2017 based on full or part-time status.
For more information about the Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair, visit: http://www.ibadiversityjobfair.org/for-students.htm.
Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair:
Law students, and lateral attorney candidates and individuals already in the legal profession who are looking for more LGBT-friendly workplaces, are invited to attend the 2013 Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, which will take place in San Francisco, CA from August 21 - 23, 2014. More information, visit: http://www.lgbtbar.org/annual/
2015 Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference | After Marriage Equality
Come join law students, faculty, practitioners, and community members from the greater Midwest at Washington University School of Law to discuss contemporary legal issues affecting the LGBTQ community. The Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference is free and open to the public, and includes an employer networking reception on Friday, February 20. For more information and to register online visit http://law.wustl.edu/blogs/outlaw/.
Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference:
The Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference is Friday, August 1, 2014. The registration deadline has not yet been set. Students interested should visit the Conference's website at www.diversityinpractice.org. If you have questions, contact OCPD or firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 343-7999.
National Black Prosecutors Association:
The National Black Prosecutors Association's Annual Job Fair will be held on July 19-25, 2015 in Washington, D.C. at the Fairmont Hotel. For more information on registration visit http://www.blackprosecutors.org
Northwest Minority Job Fair:
The Northwest Minority Job Fair, sponsored and funded by a consortium of legal sector employers, is an excellent place to begin. For 28 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.
For more information, including 2015 registration and dates, visit: http://www.nwmjf.org/
Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair:
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.
For more information, including 2015 registration and dates, visit: www.rmdlcf.com.
St. Louis Diversity Job Fair
The St. Louis Diversity Job Fair Committee along with legal employer Job Fair participants strive to ensure that the make-up of the local Bar reflects the composition of the community in which we live and the clients we serve. Registration for this event is open until May 30, 2015. For more information about this event, please visit: http://www.stldiversityjobfair.com/
State Bar of Wisconsin Diversity Clerkship Program
The State Bar of Wisconsin commits to assisting legal organizations interested in diversifying their legal staff. To further its goal of promoting diversity within the legal profession, it facilitates a diversity clerkship program that encourages diversity in the legal profession by providing a rich learning experience for participating students and employers. The application deadline is January 19, 2015. For more information, visit the State Bar of Wisconsin's website. For questions and additional materials, contact State Bar Program Assistant, Beth Drake at at (800) 444-9404 or (608) 250-6171.
Twin Cities Diversity in Practice:
First-year law students will have the unique summer opportunity that combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience working at an in-house corporate law department. Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a collaboration of 30 law firms and 15 corporate law departments seeking to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. The application deadline is January 16, 2015. For more information, visit the Diversity in Practice website. For questions and additional materials, contact LShaw@diversityinpractice.org
Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference:
The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest public interest career fair in the country. It is the only event, solely dedicated to law students, where you'll find 1,500 public interest-minded students representing 200 law schools from across the country coming together to explore career options with leading nonprofit organizations and government agencies. The Conference and Career Fair provides access to job opportunities for law students; connects employers with talented attorneys and law students; and offers a multitude of skill-building and career advising sessions with experts from around the country. Our conference continues to be an unparalleled networking opportunity for students, law school professionals and legal professionals.
More information on the 2015 Conference and Career Fair coming soon, visit: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair for updates.
26th Annual Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference:
The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference will be held at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago on February 7, 2015. Participation is free and open to the first, second, and third year students from participating schools. To participate, you must register with Emily Kite (email@example.com) by Wednesday, December 3, 2014. The deadline by which to submit resumes will be January 9, 2015.
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. The 2015 Patent Law Interview Program will be held on Thursday, July 30 & Friday, July 31 at the Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront at 511 N. Columbus Drive in downtown Chicago.
Law Student registration for the 2015 program will begin on February 9, 2015 and end on March 2, 2015.
San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association Bay Area Job Fair
The San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association is pleased to announce the 18th Annual SFIPLA Bay Area Job Fair, which will be held at and co-sponsored by the University of California, Hastings College of Law, located at 198 McAllister Street, San Francisco, California 94102, on Saturday, August 8, 2015.
Interested rising 2L and 3L students should register at http://law-sfipla-csm.symplicity.com/students/ .
For more information, visit www.sfipla.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.