As I’ve written about before on this blog, 1L Boot Camp is an awesome program run by the LSA and Career Services to help first-year students make themselves as marketable as possible during their respective job hunts. This Tuesday’s Meet the Employers Night is in many ways the crown jewel of that program. After months of presentations about best practices for résumé formatting, interview attire, and networking strategy (to name a few topics), Boot Camp culminates with this unique chance for the 1Ls to put everything they’ve learned to use.
What exactly is Meet the Employers Night? Basically, exactly what it sounds like. Representatives from fifty-one (51!) government entities, public interest organizations, businesses, and law firms set up shop in the Law Library and talk with the 1Ls about what they do, who they’re looking for, and what their hiring processes are like. Which organizations will be in attendance? Here is the full list:
All offices are located in Boston unless otherwise noted.
Government/Public Interest Organizations
- City of Boston Law Department
- Committee for Public Counsel Services, CAFL
- Community Legal Aid (Worcester)
- Legal Advocacy and Resource Center
- Middlesex District Attorney’s Office (Woburn, MA)
- Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
- U.S. Coast Guard
- U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- U.S. Department of Labor, EBSA
- U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Regional Solicitor
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- Ernst & Young
- State Street Global Advisors
- Bernstein Shur (Portland, ME)
- Brown Rudnick LLP
- Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP (New York City)
- Choate, Hall & Stewart
- Cohen and Wolf, P.C. (Bridgeport, CT)
- Cooley LLP (Firm-wide recruiting)
- Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner
- Fish & Richardson P.C.
- Foley & Lardner LLP
- Foley Hoag LLP
- Goodwin Procter LLP
- Goulston & Storrs P.C.
- Gunderson Dettmer
- Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C. (Concord, MA)
- Hodgson Russ (Buffalo, NY)
- Holland & Knight
- Jones Day
- K&L Gates LLP
- Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear (Irvine, CA)
- Latham & Watkins LLP
- McDermott Will & Emery
- Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC
- Morgan Lewis & Bockius
- Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
- Nixon Peabody LLP
- Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
- Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (New York City)
- Pepper Hamilton
- Proskauer Rose LLP
- Ropes & Gray LLP
- Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
- Sullivan & Cromwell (New York City)
- Sullivan & Worcester LLP
- Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
- Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
You’ll notice that all of Vault‘s top ten Boston law firms will be sending representatives.*
For anyone interested in the rest of the list, click here. In all, twenty-two of Boston’s top twenty-five firms will be in attendance – that leads to a pretty big stack of business cards by the end of the night.
Many of the representatives in attendance are the same people who conduct interviews and make hiring decisions. MTE is an incredible opportunity to learn more about the organizations from the people who evaluate the candidates. It’s also a great chance to practice the networking skills Boot Camp teaches in a familiar environment alongside friendly faces.
Last but not least, I’d be remiss not to mention that a photographer will be on hand to take professional portraits, which are great for LinkedIn profiles. It is not unusual to see 2Ls and 3Ls whose sole reason for attendance is to take advantage of this aspect of the event. Will I be one of them? I’ll just say this – any excuse to be in the Law Library from 5:30 to 7:30 this Tuesday evening is more than enough reason to make an appearance.
Rob Rossi is currently in his fourth semester at BC Law and second as a member of the Boston College Law Review. Feel free to contact him with questions about his experience, BC Law, or law school in general. Comment here or send him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and don’t forget to follow the Boston College Law Students Association on Twitter @BCLSA.