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 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.

Geographic Recruiting Programs

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.

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.

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: Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Location: Chicago, IL
Date: January 15, 2015
Registration Deadline: passed

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:

Location: San Francisco, CA
Date: July 25, 2015
Registration Deadline: June 14, 2015

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:

Location: Chicago, IL
Date: August 14, 2015
Registration Deadline: passed

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:

Location: Boston, MA
Date: August 4, 2015
Registration Deadline: July 10, 2015

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: http://www.thebostonlawyersgroup.com/events/.

Student registration is from May 15th to July 10th, 2015. To register for the Boston Job Fair, you are required to create an account on Symplicity at https://law-blg-csm.symplicity.com/students.

DuPont Legal Minority Job Fairs:

Location: TBA
Date: TBA
Registration Deadline: TBA

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 important dates and registration, visit: http://www.dupontlegalmodel.com/diversity/dupont-legal-minority-job-fairs/

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair

Location: Kansas City, MO
Date: August 21-22, 2015
Registration Deadline: July 3, 2015

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 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/

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair: 

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Date: August 6-7, 2015
Registration Deadline: June 28, 2015

Full-time 2L students (graduating May 2017) or part-time 2L and 3L (graduating Dec 2017/May 2018) are invited to attend the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, hosted by the Indianapolis Bar Association on August 6-7, 2015

Students register for the fair at https://law-indybar-csm.symplicity.com/students/. 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: http://ibadiversityjobfair.org/

Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair: 

Location: Chicago, IL
Date: August 5-8, 2015
Registration Deadline: July 24, 2015 - early registration deadline is June 5, 2015

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 5-8, 2015. More information, including registration, visit: http://www.lgbtbar.org/annual/

2015 Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference | After Marriage Equality

Location: St. Louis, MO
Date: February 20-21, 2015
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 20. For more information and to register online visit http://law.wustl.edu/blogs/outlaw/

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference: 

Location: Minneapolis, MN
Date: August 7, 2015
Registration Deadline: June 5, 2015

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 Friday, August 7, 2015 and will be held at St. Thomas University. Students interested should visit the Conference's website at www.diversityinpractice.org. If you have questions, contact info@diversityinpractice.org or (612) 343-7999.

National Bar Association 

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: July 20-22, 2015
Registration Deadline: June 5, 2015

The National Bar Association will be holding a job fair during its 90th Annual Convention July 20-22, 2015. For more information, including registration deadlines, please visit the National Bar Association's website. 

National Black Prosecutors Association:

Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: July 19-25, 2015
Registration Deadline: June 30, 2015

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 19-25, 2015 in Washington, D.C. at the Fairmont Hotel. For more information on registration visit http://www.blackprosecutors.org

NBPA 2015 Applicant Registration Form

Northwest Minority Job Fair:

Location: Seattle, WA
Date: August 22, 2015
Registration Deadline: July 24, 2015

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 22nd, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. 

For more information, including registration, visit: http://www.nwmjf.org/

Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair:

Location: Denver, CO
Date: July 31, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 22, 2015

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

Location: St. Louis, MO
Date: August 7, 2015
Registration Deadline: May 30, 2015

The Job Fair will kick off with small group student attorney networking dinners on Friday, August 7th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. (locations to be announced) and interviews will be held Saturday, August 8th, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the law offices of Armstrong Teasdale, 7700 Forsyth Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri.   Specific details re both events will be posted on the St. Louis Diversity Job Fair web site as they become available.

The deadline for law student registration is Saturday, May 30, 2015 at midnight (CST); 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 2015 St. Louis Diversity Job Fair by going to https://law-sldjf-csm.symplicity.com/ 

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. The contact for UW law students is Annie Haugen (career@law.wisc.edu)

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 Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at midnight (CST).

For more information about this event, please visit: http://www.stldiversityjobfair.com/ 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 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:

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 January 16, 2015. For more information, visit the Diversity in Practice website. For questions and additional materials, contact LShaw@diversityinpractice.org

Public Interest Recruiting Programs

Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference:

Location: Arlington, VA
Date: October 23-24, 2015
Registration Deadline: September 14, 2015


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:
http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair.

          26th Annual Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference:

Location: Chicago, IL
Date: February 7, 2015
Registration Deadline: passed

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 (ekite@wisc.edu) by Wednesday, December 3, 2014.  The deadline by which to submit resumes will be January 9, 2015. 


Specialized Recruiting Conferences

Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

Location: Chicago, IL
Date: July 30-31, 2015
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, 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 has ended for the year. 

San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association Bay Area Job Fair

Location: San Francisco, CA
Date: August 8, 2015
Registration Deadline: passed

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 jobfair.sfipla@gmail.com.



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