Job Fairs for International LL.M. Students

By Desiree Jaeger-Fine

Contrary to common complaint, there are many services that are specifically dedicated to the success of international LL.M. students. I want to highlight one such wonderful service here: Job Fairs for international LL.M. students.

The job fairs below list participating law schools and are are divided by region. Not every law school sponsors or participates in these events. If your law school is not participating in a job fair of your interest, ask your law school about alternative career support for LL.M. students. 

East Coast

Columbia LL.M. Interview Program

The Columbia LL.M. Interview Program is an annual program administered by Columbia Law School that brings together legal employers from around the world to meet with LL.M. students from seven U.S. law schools. 

LL.M. students have the opportunity to interview for permanent and training postgraduate positions with U.S. and foreign law firms. The LL.M. Interview Program takes place in late January in Manhattan.

Participating law schools are:

 - Columbia Law School

 - Harvard Law School 

 - Stanford Law School 

 - University of Chicago Law School

 - University of Michigan Law School 

 - University of Virginia School of Law 

 - Yale Law School 

International Student Interview Program

The International Student Interview Program (ISIP) is administered and hosted by New York University School of Law (NYU) every year. ISIP is sponsored by 33 U.S. law schools to facilitate the hiring of foreign-trained lawyers enrolled in LL.M. programs at participating schools. This job fair is quite big. In recent years, over 1,600 LL.M. candidates representing more than 75 countries had an opportunity to interview for internship and permanent positions in the U.S. and abroad. The program attracts more than 160 legal employers from around the world. Access to ISIP is by law school invitation only.

ISIP is a fantastic opportunity to interview with a wonderful pool of law firms. It has one caveat, though - most firms are recruiting for their offices abroad. If you are looking to find work in the U.S., ISIP may disappoint you. No matter what your career goals are, attending this fair is highly recommended, as it is a one of a kind opportunity. 

Participating law schools are:

 - American University Washington College of Law
 - Boston University School of Law
 - BYU Law School
 - Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
 - Cornell Law School
 - Dickinson Law
 - Duke University School of Law
 - Fordham University School of Law
 - Georgetown University Law Center
 - Indiana University Maurer School of Law
 - McGeorge School of Law
 - New York University School of Law
 - Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
 - Penn State Law
 - SMU Dedman School of Law
 - Temple University Beasley School of Law
 - The George Washington University Law School
 - The University of Georgia School of Law
 - The University of Texas School of Law
 - Tulane University Law School
 - UConn School of Law
 - University of California Berkeley School of Law
 - University of California Los Angeles School of Law
 - University of Florida Levin College of Law
 - University of Houston Law Center
 - University of Illinois College of Law
 - University of Miami School of Law
 - University of Minnesota Law School
 - University of Pennsylvania Law School
 - University of San Diego School of Law
 - University of Southern California Gould School of Law
 - Vanderbilt University Law School
 - Wake Forest University School of Law

West Coast 

UCLA LL.M. Interview Program

The University of California Los Angeles School of Law (UCLA) LL.M. Interview Program (formerly West Coast International LL.M. Job Fair) draws employers interested in hiring internationally trained lawyers currently enrolled in LL.M. programs at participating law schools. The fair is administered and hosted by UCLA with 18 additional participating law schools.

Participating law schools are:

 - Chapman University School of Law 
 - Golden Gate University School of Law 
 - Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
 - New York University School of Law 
 - Northwestern University School of Law 
 - Pepperdine University School of Law 
 - Santa Clara University School of Law  
 - Stanford Law School 
 - UC Berkeley School of Law 
 - UC Davis School of Law 
 - UC Hastings College of Law 
 - UCLA School of Law  
 - University of Minnesota Law School 
 - University of Texas School of Law 
 - University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law 
 - USC Gould School of Law  
 - Washington University School of Law 

Be sure to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities as part of your LL.M. experience!

Desiree Jaeger-Fine is principal of Jaeger-Fine Consulting, LLC, a career management firm for international attorneys in New York, and author of A Short & Happy Guide to Networking (West Academic Publishing).