Off-Campus Recruiting Programs

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 to see the current list.

Below are the descriptions of the specific recruiting programs in which the UW Law School participates.

Geographic Recruiting Programs

Midwest-California-Georgia (MCGC) Recruiting Consortium

July 27, 2016 (Wed): Washington, DC Program
July 29, 2016 (Fri): New York/Northeast Program
August 5, 2016 (Fri): Bay Area Walk-Around Program
August 8, 2016 (Mon): Chicago Walk-Around Program

You will bid for the MCGC Programs at (dates tbd). 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.

Click here for a list of last year's participating employers.

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. It will be taking place on July 25, 2016. For more information, click here.

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.

Diversity Recruiting Programs (Check Eligibility For Each Job Fair)

American Bar Association Legal Career Development Expo

Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: TBA
Registration Deadline: TBA

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 TBA, at the ABA Office in Washington, D.C. This event provides an innovative approach to career development, mentoring, and networking. Attendees can attend career workshops and schedule personal coaching sessions while interacting with seasoned attorneys throughout the day. There will be a reception immediately following the Expo.

More time and program details will be announced.

Bay Area Diversity Career Fair:

Location: San Francisco, CA
Date: July 22-23, 2016
Registration Deadline: June 12, 2016

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 (rising 2Ls) are eligible to participate.

For more information including 2016 dates and registration, visit:

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Career Fair:

Location: Cleveland, OH
Date: TBA
Registration Deadline: TBA

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association ("CMBA"), in partnership with the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, Special Counsel, and the Midwest Region of the National Black Law Student Association is pleased to invite attorneys and eligible law students to participate in the 2016 CMBA Diversity & Inclusion Career Fair. There is no fee for students to attend. For more information, please visit:

Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair:

Location: Chicago, IL
Date: August 12, 2016
Registration Deadline: May 10, 2016

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 2016 dates and registration, visit:

Boston Lawyers Group Job Fair:

Location: Boston, MA
Date: TBA
Registration Deadline: TBA

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. This year's job fair will take place at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

For more information visit:

Student registration is from TBA. To register for the Boston Job Fair, you are required to create an account on Symplicity at

Hispanic National Bar Association Job Fair:

Location: Boston, MA
Date: September 9, 2016
Registration Deadline: July 15, 2016

The Annual Convention attracts hundreds of attorneys, judges, and law students from across the country, including public officials, business leaders, and General Counsels from many Fortune 100 and other corporations. This year’s theme is “Empowering Leaders,” which resonates with Chicago’s history as an industrial and technological epicenter and bedrock of talented leadership.

Attendees will take part in an engaging and comprehensive program that includes Continuing Legal Education (CLE Panels) on cutting edge topics with leading practitioners, national policy makers, and experts from across the country; networking events and workshops; the largest Hispanic Career Fair in the country, featuring exhibitors from prominent law firms, corporations, and government agencies; and a variety of social activities showcasing the best of what Chicago has to offer. The 2016 Annual Convention will revolutionize HNBA’s mission, expand membership, and enhance new partnerships!

For more information, visit:

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair:

Location: Kansas City, MO
Date: August 5-6, 2016
Registration Deadline: June 24, 2016

The primary purpose of the HDLJF is to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the practice of law in Kansas City. All rising 2Ls, 3Ls and 2015 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:

To register, go to:

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair: 

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Date: August 1-2, 2016
Registration Deadline: June 18, 2016

Full-time 2L students or part-time 2L and 3L are invited to attend the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, hosted by the Indianapolis Bar Association on August 1-2, 2016

Students register for the fair at Following registration, students will be provided with automatically-generated passwords that will allow them to use the system throughout the next few months. Only students who have registered, bid and obtained interviews can participate in Diversity Job Fair events.

For more information about the Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair, visit:

Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair: 

Location: Chicago, IL
Date: August 4-6, 2016
Registration Deadline: July 22, 2016

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 LGBT Bar Annual Conference & Career fair, which will take place in Chicago, IL from August 4-6, 2016. More information, including registration, visit:

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference: 

Location: Minneapolis, MN
Date: August 5, 2016
Registration Deadline: June 2, 2016

The Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference (MMRC) is an annual event that connects the largest legal employers in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area with diverse rising 2L and 3L candidates from around the country. 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. The Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference is August 5, 2016 and will be held at St. Thomas University. Students interested should visit the Conference's website at If you have questions, contact or (612) 343-7999.

National Bar Association: 

Location: St. Louis, MO
Date: July 16-22, 2016
Registration Deadline: June 30, 2016

The National Bar Association will be holding a job fair during its 91st Annual Convention July 16-22, 2016. For more information, including registration deadlines, please visit the National Bar Association's website. 

National Black Prosecutors Association:

Location: St. Louis, MO
Date: July 10-16, 2016
Registration Deadline: April 30, 2016

The National Black Prosecutors Association is the only professional membership organization dedicated to the advancement of Blacks as prosecutors. Founded in 1983, the Association’s membership is comprised of both chief and line prosecutors nationwide. In addition to prosecutors, the association’s membership includes law students, former prosecutors, and law enforcement personnel. The NBPA is emerging as the international association of Black law enforcement professionals with a reputation for providing education and leadership in the legal profession through its intensive training sessions and multi-disciplined networking. The National Black Prosecutors Association's Annual Job Fair will be held on July 10-16, 2016 in St. Louis, MO at the Hilton Ballpark. For more information on registration visit

Northwest Minority Job Fair:

Location: Seattle, WA
Date: August 27, 2016
Registration Deadline: July 27, 2016

The Northwest Minority Job Fair, sponsored and funded by a consortium of legal sector employers, brings 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. The 29th Annual Northwest Minority Job Fair will take place on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. 

For more information, including registration, visit:

Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair:

Location: Denver, CO
Date: TBA
Registration Deadline: TBA

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 2016 registration and dates, visit:

St. Louis Diversity Job Fair:

Location: St. Louis, MO
Date: August 12-13, 2016
Registration Deadline: June 10, 2016

Specific details for all events will be posted on the St. Louis Diversity Job Fair web site as they become available.

The deadline for law student registration is June 10, 2016; absolutely no extensions will be allowed.  All students must be registered by this date in order to participate in the Job Fair.  Law students can register for the 2016 St. Louis Diversity Job Fair by going to 

When registering, students are required to provide the name of a contact in their school’s Career Services office who will be available to assist with coordinating the students’ participation in the Job Fair. Students should contact for additional information.

The St. Louis Diversity 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.

For more information about this event, please visit: or call (314) 335-6833

State Bar of Wisconsin Diversity Clerkship Program:

Registration Deadline: passed

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 passed. 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:

Location: Twin Cities, MN
Registration Deadline: passed

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 passed. For more information, visit the Diversity in Practice website. For questions and additional materials, contact

2016 Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference | Rights Beyond Borders

Location: St. Louis, MO
Date: passed
Registration Deadline: passed

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 19. For more information and to register online visit

Public Interest Recruiting Programs

Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference:

Location: Arlington, VA
Date: October 28-29, 2016
Registration Deadline: TBA

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 visit:


26th Annual Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference:

Location: Chicago, IL
Date: passed
Registration Deadline: passed

The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference is held annually in February at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. Participation is free and open to the first, second, and third year students from participating schools.  To participate, you must register with Emily Kite ( in advance.  Information about MPILCC will be available in the fall semester.

Specialized Recruiting Conferences

Loyola Patent Law Interview Program:

Location: Chicago, IL
Date: August 4-5, 2016
Registration Deadline: passed

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, August 4 & Friday, August 5 at the Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront at 511 N. Columbus Drive in downtown Chicago.

Law Student registration for the 2016 program has ended for the year. 

San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association Bay Area Job Fair:

Location: San Francisco, CA
Date: July 16, 2016
Registration Deadline: April 8, 2016

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, July 16, 2016

Interested rising 2L and 3L students should register at .

For more information, visit or contact

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