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Annual Diversity Job Fairs

Career and job fairs are excellent opportunities to meet a large selection of employers, network, and get an overview of a geographical market without having to invest in a lot of travel. Fairs are typically held in the late summer and early fall. Watch for early-bird registration deadlines to get in on reduced fees.

Bay Area Diversity Career Fair - July 26, 2014
The Bay Area Diversity Career Fair attracts hiring representatives from the San Francisco Bay Area's most prominent law firms and government legal departments. A welcome reception for students and prospective employers takes place the night before the interviews, and a breakfast panel the morning of the fair features diverse lawyers from a variety of practice areas. Student Registration opens May 19.

Boston Job Fair - August 1, 2014
Sponsored by the 50-member Boston Lawyers Group, this job fair is held to attract law students of color to Boston and assist members of the Boston Lawyers Group in their mission to identify, recruit, advance, and retain attorneys of color in Boston. Student registration is April 1 – July 7, 2014.

Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair - August 8, 2014
Each year law firms, corporations, and governmental agencies register for the Job Fair. These employers are located primarily in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C. In addition, the fair attracts several employers from Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The CCBA Job Fair primarily is designed to obtain summer associate positions for rising 2Ls (current 1Ls) during their second summer in law school. A limited number of employers also wish to interview rising 3Ls (current 2Ls) for entry-level associate positions. Student Registration closes May 23.

DuPont Legal Minority Job Fair - August 2, 2014
This multi-city event brings in more than 500 resumes from minority law students around the country, who interview with DuPont's network of 39 "primary law firms." DuPont Legal has received a Mark of Distinction award from the National Association for Legal Placement for it minority job fair.

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
The Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair is a relatively new initiative, first held in 2005 in Kansas City, Mo. Designed by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association's Diversity and Managing Partner Committees, the job fair brings together law firms and legal organizations to encourage students to make Kansas City their first choice. Early bird registration: May 16; June 14 is the deadline.

Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair - September 12, 2014
As the largest Latino career fair for legal professionals in the country, the Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair provides law students, both young and seasoned attorneys, and convention attendees a tremendous opportunity to meet and network with other leading Latino attorneys from across the country. The fair also hosts a symposium designed to help law students enhance their marketing skills for the tough legal career market.

IMPACT Career Fair
Law students and lawyers with disabilities come from across the country to attend the IMPACT Career Fair. Participating employers have included the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, Fried Frank, Patton Boggs, Paul Hastings, Reed Smith, and the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.

IndyBar Diversity Job Fair - August 21-22, 2014
The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair is comparatively new but has already paired hundreds of students from law schools throughout the country with interviewers from Indianapolis-based law firms, government agencies, and corporate legal departments. The Indianapolis Bar Association (IndyBar) seeks candidates who represent all aspects of diversity and who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. July 20 is the deadline.

Lavender Law Career Fair - August 21-23, 2014
The National LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law Career Fair is the only national career fair dedicated to serving the LGBT legal community. It connects students with more than 130 recruiters representing law firms of all sizes, government agencies, corporate legal departments, and nonprofit organizations interested in diversity. Only organizations that have a nondiscrimination policy including sexual orientation are eligible to recruit at this career fair.

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference - August 1, 2014
Sponsored by Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, the Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference connects the largest legal employers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with top 2L and 3L candidates from around the country. Each year's conference and job fair includes approximately 30 employers and 150 law students. Employers participating in the interviews include firms of all sizes; corporate law departments; and public interest, nonprofit, and government entities. The reception is on July 31. Registration deadline is June 6.

National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair - July 22, 2014
The National Black Prosecutors Association holds its job fair along with its annual conference, typically in mid-summer.

Northwest Minority Job Fair - August 23, 2014
The Northwest Minority Job Fair fosters access to employment opportunities for historically under-represented persons in the practice of law and provides a networking forum for legal employers and students. Although the fair is focused on ethnic minorities, any interested law student may participate. Student registration is from June 25 – July 21, 2014.

Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair - August 1, 2014
The Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair provides a forum for legal employers and law school students and graduates to meet and discuss employment options, with a goal of assisting the legal profession in fulfilling its commitment to diversity. Legal employers attending the career fair are seeking employees from diverse backgrounds that have traditionally been under-represented in the Rocky Mountain region (e.g., ethnic or racial minorities, disabled, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender). Student registration is from April 21 – June 10, 2014.

St. Louis Diversity Job Fair
This fair aims to attract a diverse group of 2L and 3L students to the metropolitan St. Louis legal community, encourage them to practice law in the area, and become an integral part of our community. The job fair steering committee invites law firms, corporations, and government agencies from all over the nation. The student registration deadline is May 31, 2014.

Vault/MCAA Legal Diversity Career Fair
The Vault and Minority Corporate Council Association Legal Diversity Career Fair provides minority, female, and GLBT candidates and individuals with disabilities an opportunity to meet and network with recruiters from law firms, government agencies, corporate law departments, and non-profit organizations that are firmly committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession.