The business realities facing many employers make Off Campus Programs and Job Fairs attractive recruiting methods. Below is an overview of key Off Campus Programs and Job Fairs. For a complete listing of Job Fairs, check Symplicity often.
For students interested in pursuing summer or full-time positions in New York, Career Strategy sponsors a New York Interviewing Program in early September. A variety of employers participate, including private firms and public service organizations. Interviews take place at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Career Strategy collects applications through Symplicity in July.
For students interested in pursuing summer or full-time positions in Washington DC or the surrounding metro are, the Greater Philadelphia Area Law Schools sponsor a DC Job Fair. The event is held in DC in late summer. A variety of employers participate, including private firms and public service organizations. Interviews take place in DC. GPALS collect applications through the GPALS Symplicity site in July.
Co-sponsored by Villanova, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, The Dickinson School of Law at the Pennsylvania State University, Drexel School of Law and the Widener University School of Law ("GPALS"), the GPALS Philadelphia Job Fair attracts dozens of out-of-state firms, government agencies, and non-profits. Interviews take place in early fall at Temple's Center City Campus. GPALS collect application through GPALS Symplicity site in July.
For students interested in pursuing patent law, Villanova students may participate in the National Patent Law Interview Program sponsored by Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Held in Chicago in early August, the Patent Law Interview Program attracts hundreds of firms from across the United States. Registration begins in February. Check Symplicity for information.
Each October, public interest / public service employers from throughout the nation interview students in Washington, DC. The Equal Justice Works Career Fair offers opportunities for those interested in the public interest sector to learn more about different fields of work, network with lawyers, attend informational interviews, and schedule interviews with potential employers. Registration information is available through Career Strategy and Equal Justice Works in August.
The PIPS Career Fair, sponsored by the Consortium of Greater Philadelphia Area Law Schools ("GPALS") and the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, is held every January or February in Philadelphia. The PIPS Fair attracts a great assortment of public interest and government employers from the Philadelphia region and beyond. Registration information will be available through Career Strategy beginning in November.
Our office participates in many interviewing programs and job fairs intended to increase diversity in the profession, such as the Philadelphia Area Diversity Job Fair, Lavender Law Conference, DuPont Minority Job Fair, Delaware Minority Job Fair for 1Ls. For more information, contact us.
Consistent with its Educational Mission to prepare lawyers for practice in a diverse world, Villanova's Career Strategy Office participates in numerous recruitment programs and job fairs intended to increase diversity in the legal profession. These programs can provide excellent opportunities to meet with employers who have expressed commitment to diversity.
NOTE: First Years may apply for jobs after December 1.
Learn more about some key programs below. All are encouraged to participate.
Each summer, large law firms in Philadelphia host this Fair to encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to practice in Philadelphia. PADJF collects registrations and applications for the PADJF in July. Interviews take place at Penn's campus (Lauder Career Center). More information and student registration details can be found at the PADJF website.
Each Fall, the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA) hosts an annual conference and career fair.
Each August, these job fairs feature employment opportunities with law firms and other legal service providers doing business with DuPont. Students may participate in DuPont Job Fairs in Wilmington, DE, Houston, TX, Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA.
In September, the Twin Cities Committee on Minority Lawyers in Large Law Firms and the Hennepin County Bar Association sponsors a Recruitment Conference for students interested in employment and diversity in the Minnesota area. Recruitment and educational events are held in downtown Minneapolis.
Each September, the Delaware State Bar Association's Committee For Diversity in the Legal Community hosts a job fair and educational conference for students interested in Delaware practice. Besides interviewing with private and public employers, students are welcomed by leaders of the Delaware Bench and Bar. Interviews and events take place at the Wilmington campus of Widener University School of Law.
In January, the Delaware State Bar Association's Committee For Diversity in the Legal Community hosts a job fair and educational conference for First Year students interested in Delaware practice. Besides interviewing with private and public employers, students are welcomed by leaders of the Delaware Bench and Bar. Interviews and events take place at the Wilmington campus of Widener University School of Law.
In conjunction with the Annual Conference held each summer, the National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) hosts a Job Fair to promote the recruitment, training and career advancement of African-American attorneys as prosecutors at all levels of government. The NBPA Job Fair is an excellent opportunity to meet, network, and interview with attorneys from local, state, and federal prosecutors’ offices from across the country. More information can be found at www.blackprosecutors.org.
Each October, the Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association (MABLSA) hosts a Job Fair for students interested in networking and interviewing with a wide variety of private and public legal employers throughout the Mid-Atlantic/New York region.
A consortium of large Philadelphia area law firms and corporations host an intensive 1L clerkship program. Villanova Law maintains a Committee to facilitate student applications to the program.