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Spring Semester 1L Employer Events

The basics:

As soon as spring semester starts, many law firms will visit Philadelphia to host events for Penn Law 1L students, including lunchtime panel presentations at the law school and cocktail receptions at local restaurants. Check the 1L Employer Event Careers Calendar to see which firms are coming, and research the employers to help decide which events to attend. You should NOT try to attend all events – go to events that fit into your schedule, are hosted by firms that interest you, or just to try something new.


What are they?

  • Hosted by law firms interested in recruiting Penn Law students – Now through March
  • For 1Ls, but about 2L summer employment
  • Lunchtime panels at the law school
  • Evening networking receptions off campus

Why go?

  • Demonstrate interest for 2L recruiting
  • Learn about a firm’s areas of practice
  • Gain insights to differentiate firms
  • Get a sense of the firm’s culture
  • Meet and network with attorneys & recruiters

Which ones?

  • Go if you want to learn more about that particular firm or geographic market
  • Go if the topic of the event interests you
  • Go if you’re just trying to figure out what firms are all about
  • Research the firm in advance to decide if you’re interested
  • Attend as many or as few as you like
  • Remember to RSVP

Top 5 reasons to attend employer events:

  1. This is the start of 2L recruiting. Law firm attorneys and recruiters want to get to know you as part of their 2L summer recruiting program.
  2. Practice networking – a skill that will be essential to you now and throughout your career.
  3. Get answers to your questions and learn about different law firms, practice areas and the interviewing process.
  4. Make connections with attorneys and law firms in your areas of interest.
  5. Enjoy spending time with your classmates in a festive atmosphere.

Don’t just take it from us:
These firm events are an invaluable opportunity to make an early connection with firms that you are interested in. I strongly recommend that every student attend, even if you are not applying to work at a firm for your 1L summer. During my OCI interviews before 2L year, I was able to separate myself by discussing the connections that I had made through the firm events and supporting my enthusiasm for the firm with specific examples.
                                           – Penn Law Graduate L’16


  • RSVP: Please RSVP according to the invitation. Once you RSVP, you are expected to attend the event. If your plans change, it is your responsibility to inform the firm as promptly as possible.
  • Dress code: For evening events, business casual unless otherwise specified. For events held during the day, come as you are unless otherwise specified.
  • Professionalism: While food and drink are typically served and the ambiance is often social, be sure to conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times. Enjoy yourself, but don’t overindulge.

Stay tuned:
Bookmark the 1L Employer Events Careers Calendar so you don’t miss any invitations. The calendar will be updated throughout the semester.