Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day

Annual Southern California Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day

One of the largest of its kind in the country

On February 11, 2017, UCLA School of Law will host the 32nd Annual Southern California Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day, one of the largest career fairs of its kind in the country. While annually hosted by the School and coordinated by the Office of Public Interest Programs, Career Day is cosponsored by the Southern California-area law schools. More than 350 attorneys from more than 130 nonprofit organizations, government agencies and offices and private public interest firms participated in the 2016 Career Day.

Career Day, which is free to employers and students, is comprised of four principal activities:

  • Prescheduled, formal interviews for summer and/or postgraduate positions.
  • Informal "table-talk," with representatives of the participating organizations, agencies and firms.
  • A series of informal lunchtime discussions, each focusing on a different substantive area of public interest practice (e.g., children and youth, environmental law, labor law), as well as a lunchtime discussion focusing on postgraduate public interest fellowships and the fellowship application process.
  • An afternoon panel discussion, "Criminal Law: Prosecution and Defense."

While the interviewing component is open only to students from the cosponsoring law schools, all other activities are open to law students and alumni from schools throughout the country.