OFF-CAMPUS JOB FAIRS

The Career Services team can help you effectively and efficiently focus your job search and meet with and market yourself to potential employers in a particular practice area or geographic region. Off-campus job fairs offer specially-targeted opportunities to meet lawyers from various legal concentrations throughout the U.S.

Texas A&M participates in a number of off-campus job fairs and recruitment programs across the country where students can meet with public interest, government, and private sector employers. Students are responsible for all costs of attending a job fair. In some circumstances, the Office of Career Services will pay for the job fair registration.

Most job fairs are held over the summer with spring registration and bid deadlines. Information regarding career fair and registration dates and deadlines for upcoming opportunities will be updated as it becomes available.

Recent examples of off-campus job fairs where our students participated include:

  • Texas in Washington Recruitment Program (chaired by TAMU Law) - Washington, D.C.
  • Public Service Career Fair - Austin, TX
  • Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair - Washington, D.C.
  • Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair - Atlanta, GA
  • Patent Law Interview Program - Chicago, IL
  • Southeastern Minority Job Fair - Atlanta, GA
  • Sunbelt Minority Recruitment Program - Dallas, TX

Please make sure you read all information about the job fair very carefully, follow all instructions, and submit all requested materials by the listed deadline. Any questions regarding job fairs should be directed to Katharine Adams prior to the deadline. All students are invited to participate. Note: There is no exclusion for participation other than hiring criteria, based upon employer requirements.

Students should not contact any participating employers directly until after the job fair is over. Questions about employers should be directed to the Career Services Office. If students do not comply with the rules of the job fair, this could cause the school and the student to be excluded from future job fairs.

If you receive a callback or job offer from any employers you interviewed with during a job fair, please let the Office of Career Services know by emailing Katharine Adams at kadams@law.tamu.edu. This information will be used for internal records only.

National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Principles and Standards: Guidelines for accepting and rejecting offers

The members of NALP - law schools and legal employers - have developed ethical standards to help guide the recruiting process. These Principles and Standards are designed to create an environment in which students have sufficient time to make informed career decisions and employers can rely on receiving responses at the appropriate time. Important provisions include the following:

  • Reaffirmation of offers: Law students must reaffirm their continued interest in an offer within 30 days from the date of the offer letter. Employers may retract any offer that is not reaffirmed by the student.
  • Response dates: The guidelines provide specific dates for responding to offers, which depend upon when the offer was received and whether the offer is from an employer for whom the student has worked previously. Generally, a student must respond to an offer from a prior summer employer by November 1 and to other offers by December 1. Students are expected to accept or release offers or negotiate an extension of the response date by the applicable deadline. There are exceptions, and in some cases other arrangements may be made with the employer.
  • Holding offers open: A student who holds many offers creates a hardship both for the employers, who do not know how many more offers to make, and for fellow students, who are waiting to receive the offers that are not accepted. Therefore, the guidelines set limits on the number of offers a student may hold at one time.

After September 15 a student should not hold open more than five offers of employment simultaneously; after October 1 a student should not hold open more than four offers simultaneously; and after October 15 a student should not hold open more than three offers simultaneously. Offers of employment include those received as a result of previous summer employment. For each offer received that places a student over the offer limit, the student should, within one week of receipt of the excess offer, release an offer.

Second and third year students may, with the consent of the employer, extend one offer beyond December 1.

For more information on the National Association for Law Placement and its guidelines, visit the NALP website.