Please note that not all Gowling WLG offices participate in career fairs.

Generally held in February and March each year, Career Fairs are a fabulous opportunity for students to gather information about a large number of law firms and government organizations.

Prior to the Career Fair day, students should obtain a list of the law firms and government organizations attending their school's Career Fair. From this list, students should determine those firms or organizations in which they are most interested. Students should then develop a plan to best take advantage of the Career Fair and ensure they visit each firm or organization identified.

The school's Career Services Office will generally provide nametags for the students. Students should wear their nametag prominently. It is also beneficial for the nametag to indicate the student's year of study, so that the representatives will know in which stage of the recruitment process the student is interested.

Before arriving at the Career Fair, students should consider what qualities or attributes they are seeking in a law firm and should prepare questions to ask of the representatives to elicit such information. Students should take a copy of the firm brochures, promotional materials and representatives' business cards.

Many law schools also offer a number of panel discussions during the Career Fairs. Panel discussions normally cover tips on the recruitment process as well as general overviews of particular areas of practice. Students are encouraged to plan their day so they can attend these sessions, in addition to visiting the Career Fair tables.

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