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Small & Midsize Firm Open House

The Small & Midsize Firm Open House (Open House) invites employers at law firms with 50 or fewer attorneys to speak to University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) students and recent graduates about their practice, area of law, and any available law clerk, summer associate, or attorney positions. Culminating after a series of career panels discussing the advantages and challenges of small, midsize, and growing firms, the Open House typically occurs in a common area, where employers can showcase their firm’s capabilities and employment opportunities.  

The Open House provides employers the opportunity to meet informally with students and recent graduates, collect resumes for upcoming positions, and network by introducing their organization to a large number of potential candidates and fellow members of the bar (firm literature and hand-outs are welcomed when the event is held in-person). Additionally, the event is an opportunity to expose UHLC students to the varied opportunities available in the small and midsized firm arena.

UHLC hosts a Fall and Spring Open House each academic year to provide students and employers greater access to each other. Whether your practice can use the assistance of a law clerk, summer associate, or new attorney or if you would like to network with law students and recent graduates to expose them to your practice, please mark your calendars for the 2023-2024 Small & Midsize Firm Open Houses:

  • Fall Open House - Friday, September 29, 2023; and
  • Spring Open House - Friday, March 22, 2024.

Who can participate in a Small & Midsize Firm Open House?

  • Fall Open House - Open to current UHLC 2L, 3L, and LL.M. students, as well as recent J.D. and LL.M. graduates.
  • Spring Open House - Open to all current UHLC students and 2023 graduates.

What are the participant goals?

Open House attendees are interested in learning more about various practice areas, networking with local attorneys, and, where opportunities are available, securing a permanent attorney position or establishing a placement for the fall, spring, or summer.

Law firms specify their networking or available employment opportunities on their completed employer registration form.

What are the pertinent details for the next Small & Midsize Firm Open House?

  • What:       Spring Small & Midsize Firm Open House
  • When:      Friday, March 22, 2024 (Registration opens January 29, 2024)
  • Time:        12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Where:     The Foundation Room in the John M. O’Quinn Law Building at the University of Houston Law Center
  • Cost:         FREE!
  • Format:    Students/graduates come to the fair dressed in business attire and equipped with the requested application materials. Employer representatives are placed at tables designated by the firm’s name and students/graduates freely move among tables speaking with the representatives about their firms and practice areas.

How do I register for the Small & Midsize Firm Open House?

If your law firm is interested in participating, simply register HERE to secure your chance to engage with potential candidates at the Open House.  Priority registration for the Spring Open House is available from January 29, 2024 to March 15, 2024.  Registration is not complete until you receive a confirmation email from the Career Development Office. 

What are the post-event expectations?

Following the Open House, employers can follow up with students and graduates as they deem appropriate. This may include informing them of their interest in their credentials and keeping their resumes on file for future opportunities or extending formal interviews and employment offers.

If you have any questions, please contact Director of Employer Relations & Development, Chandria T. Jackson at 713-743-7535 or ctjacks5@central.uh.edu.

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