Posted: August 19th, 2016
For those students interested in pursuing a career in public interest law, now is the perfect time to mark your calendars and make plans to attend the annual Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair. The career fair will be held this year in Arlington, Virginia, from October 28 to Saturday, October 29.
This event is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country and provides students with the unique opportunity to network with a diverse grouping of public interest employers and organizations in one location over the course of just two days. The career fair typically draws more than 160 public interest employers from many states, including California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, and Texas. The employers conduct actual interviews for internships and full-time jobs and meet with students in informal “table talk” discussions of public interest legal opportunities with their organizations. The conference also includes opportunities for networking, mock interviews, and resume review with practicing attorneys and workshops on specific public interest careers.
The cost of registration for the conference is only $25.00 and registration information is available. A list of employers participating in this year’s conference is also available. Some notable attending employers include:
- Animal Legal Defense Fund – Cotati, CA
- Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, PA
- Disability Rights Advocates – New York, NY
- District Attorney’s Office of Charlotte, NC
- Federal Trade Commission – Washington, DC
- Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
- U.S. Senate Office of the Legislative Counsel
Registration for the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair ends on September 14, 2016 so be sure you register early! To stay abreast of other Equal Justice events and public interest opportunities, students should also consider joining the Equal Justice Works JDs for Justice Network or following Equal Justice Works on Twitter.
Posted: October 12th, 2012
Our speed networking program last night was a huge success! Twenty-five law students met with twenty local attorneys from various firms and businesses. Modeled on the “speed dating” concept, the room was set up with numbered stations, and each student was matched with one or two attorneys. They were given five minutes to meet, ask questions, and give their “elevator speeches” before the bell was rung and the students shifted to the next station.
Participants (both students and attorneys) raved about this event. The format gave students an opportunity to hone their networking skills in a structured environment, while also meeting and developing relationships with practicing attorneys. There was an opportunity for additional informal networking following the timed portion.
After each group of students circled the room, the attorneys offered insightful advice and feedback to the students, including:
- Networking is a skill that can be learned. Even if you consider yourself shy or introverted, you can become a successful networker with practice.
- The best way to start is to ask questions of the other person. Try to find common ground – similar schools, interests, hobbies, etc., and then let the conversation flow from there.
- Listening skills are important! Try not to always be thinking about what you are going to say next.
- Show interest in the other person. Be careful not to make the conversation all about you.
- Do your research. Know something about the company or firm the person you’re speaking with works for.
- Employers hire based on likeability – when looking at a group of applicants who all have similar credentials, they will remember (and probably hire) the person with whom they most want to work on a daily basis.
- Networking is essential, and not just for your job search. This is a skill that you will use in practice, whether to gain clients, develop relationships with other attorneys, or grow within the firm.
- Follow up! After you meet someone, jot down where you met him/her and something about your conversation. Then send an email (it’s always a good idea to remind them where you met) and reiterate that you enjoyed speaking with him/her.
- You never know who will become a valuable business contact – always act professionally.
To see pictures from this event, visit our Facebook page. The next Speed Networking event with the NCBA Government & Public Sector Section will be on Tuesday, November 13 at noon. Registration is limited, so stay tuned for details!
Posted: September 12th, 2011
This Tuesday 9/13 at noon in Room 1312:
While your second year of law school is in full swing, you are also right in the midst of your second summer job search. Are you wondering what happens after OCI? Are you interested in finding out what other opportunities may be out there? Are you questioning whether or not you are on the right track?
Come hear the advice and perspectives from four upperclassmen as well as a recent graduate on how they successfully conducted their 2L job search.
Guest panelists include:
Aaron Garnett (’12)
Legal Intern for the Economic Crimes Division
Attorney General’s Office for the State of Florida, Orlando, FL
Jessica Kimble (’12)
Pendergrass Law Firm, PLLC, Raleigh, NC
Matthew Hayes (’12)
Alaska Public Defender’s Office, Palmer, AK
Paul DerOhannesian (’12)
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, The Hague, Holland
Robert Zawrotny (’11)
Novant Health, Legal Department, Winston-Salem, NC
**Remember to RSVP in Symplicity to reserve your lunch**