USC Gould School of Law’s Career Services Office, Externships Program and the Barbara F. Bice Public Interest Law Foundation recently held the first in-person Public Interest Career Fair since the COVID-19 lockdown. More than 70 students including JDs, LLMs, and undergraduates, alumni and more than 40 organizations participated in the fall career fair, which gives students face-to-face opportunities with employers and a chance to learn more about jobs within the public interest sector.
“A career fair allows us to seek out job opportunities in one sweep,” said 1L Jordan Fray. At this fair, I found at least eight summer jobs I am applying to.”
Alum Ryan Eason (JD 2021) recalled how the Public Interest Career Fair provided the information he needed to get a better idea about which organizations suited his career goals.
“I think it is important for students to attend the fair in order to get information that you cannot find out about from flyers and job postings alone — for example, what working in that office is like, informal application tips, and a sense of the personalities of the people who work there,” said Eason, now employed as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Alumni who benefited in the past from the Public Interest Career Fair often return to Gould as representatives from their firms and agencies.
“As an organization representative, I’m given the opportunity to recruit others to join me in my work,” said Elizabeth Genatowski (JD 2015), who works at the Children’s Law Center of California. “I explain CLC’s work, promote clerkship and internship opportunities, and identify other Gould students to join me in this important work.”