Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day

Annual Southern California Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day

Public Interest Career Day 2018 v2

On Saturday, February 2, 2019, UCLA School of Law's Office of Public Interest Programs and Office of Career Services will host the 34th Annual Southern California Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day. While annually hosted by UCLA School of Law, Career Day is cosponsored by UCLA and 12 other southern California-area law schools: California Western, Chapman, La Verne, Loyola, Pepperdine, Southwestern, Thomas Jefferson, UC Irvine, University of San Diego, University of Southern California, Western State and Whittier. As one of the largest career fairs of its kind in the country, more than 130 nonprofit organizations, private public interest firms, and government agencies are expected to participate on February 2.

The four principal components of Career Day are:

  • Prescheduled, on-site interviews for summer and/or postgraduate positions.
  • Informal "table-talk," with representatives of the participating organizations staffing information tables.
  • A series of lunchtime discussions, each focusing on a different substantive area of public interest practice (e.g., children and youth, environmental law, labor law) or the public interest job search (e.g., postgraduate public interest fellowships, debt management, U.S. DOJ Honors Program).
  • An afternoon panel discussion, "Criminal Law – Prosecution & Defense."

Information, such as parking and directions and a list of participating organizations, will be posted here closer to February 2.

Employer Registration

Registration for the 2019 Career Day is now open. There is no registration fee and for registration instructions, please contact:

Brenda Kim, Manager of Operations and Events
(310) 794-4061

Student Registration

There is no pre-registration process and attendance is free. All law students and alumni are welcome to participate in Career Day. However, the prescheduled, on-site interviewing component is only available to 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs enrolled in the 13 cosponsoring law schools during the 2018-19 academic year.

Students enrolled in the 13 cosponsoring law schools may contact their career services office(s) for general questions and information. Those not enrolled in the 13 cosponsoring law schools may contact Brenda Kim at or Jamie Libonate at