The CDO facilitates student participation in many different job fairs throughout the year to give students opportunities to engage with a variety of employers. Here is a list of some of the most popular job fairs students attend.
Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC)
The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) enables employers from public interest and government organizations to gather with law students for a day of interviews and informal networking. The Conference is jointly sponsored by the Chicago Area Law School Consortium, of which Notre Dame is a member.
Each year in late January or early February, the MPILCC Conference attracts nearly 50 employers for on-site interviews, Table Talk (an informal networking session), or resume solicitation. From nearly fifteen hundred student registrants, about 275 students representing almost 40 law schools attend the conference. The conference is free to employers and students.
For more information, visit the MPILCC website.
Loyola Patent Law Interview Program
Loyola University Chicago School of Law hosts its annual Patent Law Interview Program in late July or early August in Chicago, Illinois. Notre Dame Law School participates each year. This is the premier nationwide interview program targeting patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs. Employers from around the country participate – it is not limited to Midwest employers.
Each year, well over 100 employers, 150 law schools, and 1,000 law students from across the country participated in the program. The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and transcripts to bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the submitted materials to select the students they wish to interview at the program. Historically, approximately half of the participating students are selected for at least one interview. Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program.
For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website.
Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair
The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest career fair in the country. More than 1,200 students and recent graduates from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities with public interest employers, government employers, and non-profit organizations.
This annual event is held each fall in Washington, D.C. A unique feature of this career fair is Table Talk, an open period of time where employers will be available to speak to students on a first-come, first-served basis, including those who were not pre-selected for an interview.
For more information please visit the Equal Justice Works website.
Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair
The Cook County Bar Association (“CCBA”) proudly established the CCBA Minority Law Student Job Fair thirty years ago 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.
This event has evolved into the highly-anticipated diversity recruitment event that consistently attracts more than 900 law students and 100+ employers each August. After thirty outstanding years, 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 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.
For more information, visit the CCBA website.
The Career Development Office maintains a list of nationwide job fairs for students of diverse backgrounds. We encourage you to check the web page regularly, as information is updated when details change and new opportunities are developed.
For a list of diversity fairs and registration timelines, please visit the Diversity Fairs page of our website.
On-Campus Interview and Off-Campus Interview Programs
The Career Development Office hosts on-campus interviews, as well as off-campus interview programs in key legal markets across the country.
For an overview of our fall interview programs, please visit our Resource Center.