Monthly Archives: June 2013

Summer & Fall Job Fairs

** Returning law students interested in attending a job fair should contact the Career Services Office in order to discuss the possibility of assistance with registration and travel expenses.  Please contact Maria Comas at comas@duq.edu or 412-396-6279 for more information.

National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair * July 16, 2013 * Orlando, FL
The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) cordially invites you to participate in our Annual Job Fair on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida.  The goal of the National Black Prosecutors Association’s (NBPA) Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutors’ offices by providing a forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels.  Additional information is available at www.blackprosecutors.org.

8th Annual Legal Diversity Career Fair * August 2, 2013 * Washington, DC
Vault.com and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) are hosting the 8th Annual Legal Diversity Career Fair in Washington DC and you are invited to attend! This is a great opportunity for 2Ls who have not yet committed to a firm or other employer for summer 2014, laterals interested in new positions, and rising 3Ls seeking entry-level associate positions to meet with top legal employers from firms and organizations committed to diversity. For more information visit: http://www.vault.com/legaldiversity.

2013 Boston Lawyers Group Job Fair * August 8, 2013 * Boston, MA
Law students that will be entering their second year (second or third year if in a 4-year program) in the fall of 2013. Law School Graduates and LLM candidates are not eligible.  BLG members participate in various law schools’ on campus interviewing programs, but they do not have access to a significant number of qualified law students of color. The BLG Job Fairs provide members with access to qualified law students of color, and assist them in implementing a well-rounded recruiting program. Participating members therefore expect to interview students of color; however, no student will be denied an opportunity to participate in any job fair or BLG program.  Additional information can be found at http://www.thebostonlawyersgroup.com/events/student.htm.

9th Annual IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities * August 9, 2013 * Washington, DC
Employers have been invited to interview law students and lawyers with disabilities from law schools across the country.  This job fair is open to law students returning to school in Fall 2013 and graduates from Classes of 2013 and earlier.  Additional information is available at http://www.law.arizona.edu/career/impact/welcome.cfm.

Lavender Law Career Fair * August 22, 2013 * San Francisco, CA
The National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts. By participating in the career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporate legal departments.  Additional information is available at www.lgbtbar.org/annual.

Equal Justice Works Annual Conference and Career Fair * October 25 & 26, 2013 * Arlington, VA
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 from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities.  Public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal “table talk” settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities.  The Conference and Career Fair also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more.  For more information visit www.equaljusticeworks.org.

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Upcoming Deadlines

As your summer break continues, the Career Services Office wants to remind you of some important dates to be mindful of throughout the summer.

2013 Fall On-Campus Interviewing
On July 1, 2013, students will receive information via your Duquesne e-mail address OR the email address you have added to your DuqLawConnect (Symplicity) account regarding the On-Campus Interview (OCI) process for Fall 2013, among other important items.  Students who are interested in participating in Fall OCI are responsible for reviewing this information and acting accordingly by the posted deadlines.  For your information, the important dates are as follows:

July 1, 2013:  Students will receive OCI information via e-mail

Beginning July 1, 2013: Students may bid (ie, submit application materials) via DuqLawConnect for Fall OCI Sessions.  Students should read each OCI posting to determine the application deadline for a particular law firm or organization.  Application deadlines will vary depending on the interview date scheduled by the employer.  The first application deadline will be on or before July 29, 2013.  There are no exceptions to the posted deadlines.

August 12 – November 15, 2013: Fall OCI Interviews.  NOTE:  At the request of employers, interviews will begin on August 12, 2013.

Federal and State Judicial Clerkships
Students who are graduating in 2014 and are interested in judicial clerkships should become familiar with the application processes for the federal and state judiciaries.  Many, but not all, federal judges follow the Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan, which states that federal judges may begin to accept applications for law clerk and staff attorney positions, schedule interviews and make employment offers on June 28, 2013.  This should be treated as the application deadline.  Additional information about the federal application process can be found at www.oscar.uscourts.gov and on the Common Plea at www.duqlawblogs.org/cso.

The state judiciary in Pennsylvania does not have a similar hiring plan, but it is recommended that candidates applying for clerkships with the appellate or trial courts apply in Summer 2013 or early in the Fall 2013 semester.  Additional information about various state court application processes can be found on DuqLawConnect (under the Shortcuts section) and on the Common Plea at www.duqlawblogs.org/cso.

Resume and Cover Letter Review
Please do not hesitate to forward your resume and cover letter to the CSO for review as you continue your job search.  Whether you plan to apply for OCI positions, judicial clerkships or with any other employer, it is not a bad idea to use the summer months to revise and update your documents.   Information about legal resumes and cover letters, including samples, can be found in the CSO Handbook, which you can find here under the Career Resources Section.  Requests to review these materials should be forwarded to Maria Comas at comas@duq.edu.  Because of increased requests to review documents during the summer, please allow one week for the review of your documents.

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