The National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law® Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts. By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and corporate legal departments.
- Candidates are encouraged to discuss their identity and their aspirations to become part of a bias-free work environment.
- Sponsors are encouraged to take this opportunity to showcase their diversity efforts to top level law students and lateral candidates from around the country.
Please note that the National LGBT Bar Association will be hosting two webchat sessions in advance of the Career Fair. These live, interactive web-based discussions are designed to help law students efficiently and effectively navigate the Career Fair and Conference. During the chats students can ask questions of experienced Lavender Law career advisors and LGBT Bar staff.
The Lavender Law® Career Fair kicks off with a panel of legal practitioners with experience working in government, non-profit, small and large firms. The panel will be guided by a law career services professional will discuss the tools, considerations and critical aspects to find, research and evaluate LGBT-friendly employers in each of these legal arenas.
Over 450 candidates and 160 recruiters representing law firms, government agencies and non-profit organizations interested in diversity were present at the 2012 career fair in Washington, DC.
This program is designed to provide students with a safe, confidential space where they can ask questions about job search skills, being out on your resume, in interviews and in the workplace, and other related issues.
In conjunction with the Lavender Law® Career Fair, students will have the opportunity to meet on-site with legal career service professionals. These legal career counselors are qualified to provide students with advice on resume, cover letter, and interviewing. Further, these counselors all have significant workplace experience in various legal sectors, including LGBT advocacy groups, big firms, and the government.
How will it work and how do I sign up for appointments?
When students check-in at registration, they may sign up for a scheduled appointment with the counselor of their choice. Each of the scheduled appointments will be 30 minutes in length.
Some counselors will also be available on a walk-in basis for quick questions you may have in connection with the career fair itself.
Only law firms that have a non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation are eligible to recruit at the Career Fair.
Recruiting organizations are strongly encouraged to add gender identity/expression to their non-discrimination policy.
Membership in the National LGBT Bar Association is open to all lawyers, legal professionals, law students and other individuals in the legal profession without regard to age, race, religion, gender, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
The Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair actively seeks the involvement of individuals from every segment of the legal community, and particularly welcomes the participation of people of color, transgender persons and persons with disabilities.