Reaching Berkeley Law J.D. Students

Looking to help Berkeley Law students get to know your organization or law firm?

Here are some suggestions, and feel free to contact anyone on the CDO staff for ideas specific to your needs.

Contact Student Organizations and Journals

Employers can directly contact any of the more than 50 organizations and 11 student journals to propose hosting an event that is relevant to their membership. A list of student organizations with links to their websites is available here.

Participate in CDO Programs

The CDO offers about 20 programs each semester on a wide variety of topics related to careers in law, and we often rely on speakers who have volunteered. Contact the CDO to be placed on our speakers list for programs related to your organization or firm’s work.

Posting Opportunities for Berkeley Law Students

The CDO posts employer receptions, conferences, programs, or diversity opportunities on internal pages for students. Contact Elizabeth Granlund for more information.

Participate in Mock Interview, Moot Court or Mock Trial Programs

Attorneys are always needed for these annual programs as interviewers and judges. Contact Diana DiGennaro for moot court, Donna Petrine for mock trials, and Elizabeth Granlund for the mock interview programs.

Sponsor Split Summers or Summer Fellowships

If you are a law firm, sponsor a split public interest summer or offer a fellowship to a student working at a public interest organization or judicial externship through the Berkeley Law Summer Fellowships program. Contact the Berkeley Law Alumni Center for more information.

Attend Public Interest/Public Sector Fairs

Each fall, over 80 non-profit and government employers attend the Berkeley Law Public Interest/Public Sector Internship and Career Fair, a “table talk” event co-sponsored by Career Development Office and the Field Placement Program. Public interest and public sector employers are also welcome to participate in the CDO’s on-campus interviewing programs each fall and spring.

Berkeley Law–along with the eight other Northern California law schools and One Justice–also co-sponsors the annual Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day (PI/PS Day). Each year, more than 100 public interest organizations and state and federal government agencies come to PI/PS Day to talk with students and graduates about their work and to interview students and graduates for summer and post-graduate employment opportunities.

Host Information Sessions or Receptions 

Non-profits, government agencies, and law firms are all welcome to host information sessions or informal social receptions–for second- and third-year students any time during the fall, and for all students in the spring. During the fall interviewing season, many participating employers use Early Interview Week as an opportunity to host receptions in order to create a more informal occasion to meet our students. Please send Elizabeth Granlund the information, so we can post these opportunities for students.

It is important to understand that most law students have very demanding schedules, and there is no way to guarantee or predict how well attended your event might be. Employers who wish to schedule an event should first contact the CDO to arrange a date that does not conflict with another one of our career-related programs. Keep in mind, too, that there are dozens of student organizations and institutional centers that also plan events for students, and there is no way for the CDO to provide a comprehensive conflict check for any event.

Sponsor Final Exam Breakfasts

Contact Annik Hirshen, Dean of Students, for more information.

Recruit Berkeley Law Alumni

Berkeley Law Alumni often contact our office when they are undertaking a career transition. We encourage employers to list any job listings for alumni on our online job listings through b-Line. If accessed through this page, job postings for students and alumni are free of charge.