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.
  • NBLSA Rocky Mountain Region Job Fair - Houston, TX
  • 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 Career Services Assistant Dean Artie Errisuriz 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 Artie Errisuriz at aerrisuriz@law.tamu.edu. This information will be used for internal records only.

NALP Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process

From https://www.nalp.org/fair_ethical_recruitment

PRINCIPLES FOR CANDIDATES

Candidates are encouraged to comply with the policies and procedures of each law school from which they obtain services, as well as those of employers they engage with during the recruitment process.

Students are encouraged to promptly report any misrepresentation, discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, or other inappropriate conduct by employers in the recruitment process to their office of career services and/or the appropriate authority.

Candidates are encouraged to prepare thoroughly for the employment search process by:

  • Engaging in self-assessment before beginning an employment search and availing themselves of the services and resources provided by their office of career services and all other available resources;
  • Learning as much as possible about target employers and the nature of the open positions prior to making employment inquiries; and
  • Interviewing only with employers in which they have a genuine interest.

Candidates should represent their qualifications and interests fully and accurately throughout the employment search process by:

  • Providing, at the request of an employer, an appropriate resume and accurate copies of all academic transcripts, recognizing that should they fail to do so, or should they falsify documentation, they risk sanction from their law school, prospective employers, and/or bar admission authorities;
  • Providing, at the request of an employer, original writing samples that explain the context in which the document was written and identify the extent to which third parties contributed to the document; and
  • Masking or redacting writing samples from law-related employment to preserve client confidentiality and using such writings only with the permission of the supervising attorney.

Candidates are encouraged to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times during the recruitment process by:

  • Adhering to all scheduling commitments during the on-campus interview process, canceling only for good cause and promptly communicating with the office of career services and the employer when cancellation is necessary;
  • Responding promptly to all requests or invitations from an employer, and only accepting invitations for in-office interviews when the candidate has a genuine interest in working for the employer;
  • Handling in a timely manner any changes or cancellations to an in-office interview, including cancellation of any travel arrangements;
  • Reaching an understanding with an employer about its reimbursement policies prior to traveling, including prorating expenses for trips during which interviews with more than one employer occur in accordance with those employers' reimbursement policies; and
  • Requesting reimbursement only for reasonable expenses directly related to the interview and incurred in good faith, recognizing that failure to observe this policy or falsification or misrepresentation of travel expenses may result in non-reimbursement, elimination from consideration for employment, and/or the revocation of offers by an employer.

Candidates are encouraged to promptly communicate with employers and their office of career services about their acceptance, rejection, or requests for deferrals of employment offers by:

  • Abiding by the standards for candidate responses established by the employer and/or law school and notifying the employer as soon as a decision is made, even if that decision is made in advance of the prevailing response date;
  • Acting in good faith to decline promptly offers for interviews and employment which are no longer being seriously considered by the candidate, in fairness to both employers and peers;
  • Notifying the office of career services upon acceptance of any employment offer in order for law schools to comply with institutional reporting requirements;
  • Withdrawing pending applications or canceling scheduled interviews with other employers after accepting an offer of employment;
  • Holding open only a reasonable number of employment offers at any one time, and following policies established by their law school in this regard; and
  • Apprising prospective employers of any intentions to seek or accept fellowships, judicial clerkships, or other limited term professional employment in order to obtain a clear understanding of the employer's offer deferral policies.

Candidates should honor their employment commitments by:

  • Requesting all offers in writing and confirming offer modifications in writing, in order to avoid undue confusion regarding offer terms; and
  • Notifying promptly, in writing, both the employer and office of career services if it becomes necessary for a candidate to modify or be released from their acceptance of an employment offer.