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Small & Midsize Firm Open House

Featuring law firms with 50 or fewer attorneys, the Small & Midsize Firm Open House (Open House) invites legal employers to speak to University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) students and recent graduates about their law firms, practice capabilities/practice areas, and any available law clerk, summer associate, and attorney positions.

This event provides students and recent graduates with direct access with employers who are looking to collect resumes for upcoming positions, and introduce their organization to a large number of potential candidates. Additionally, the Open House is an opportunity for UHLC candidates to be exposed to the varied opportunities available in the small and midsized firm arena and build their network of local attorneys.

UHLC hosts the Open House twice per academic year to provide students and employers greater access to each other. Here are the pertinent dates for the 2024-2025 academic year Open House sessions:

  • Fall Open House: September 13, 2024
  • Spring Open House: March 28, 2025

For additional information about the Open House, UHLC students and recent graduates should contact their UHLC Career Counselor.

Who can participate in the Open House?

Students and recent graduates are invited to participate in the Open House based on the time of year:

  • Fall Open House:
    • 2L, 3L, and LL.M. students
    • Recent JD and LL.M. graduates
  • Spring Open House:
    • All current UHLC JD and LL.M. students
    • Recent JD and LL.M. graduates

Employers at firms with 50 or fewer attorneys.  Employers who participate in the Open House are encouraged to share knowledge with students about their practice or, if opportunities are available, hire law clerks for spring, summer or the post-bar period. Employers may also be looking for current 3Ls, LL.M. candidates, and recent graduates to fill permanent attorney positions.

What important information do I need to prepare for the Open House? 

The CDO encourages students to gain insight about working in the Small/Midsize Firm setting by watching the student interview series featuring upper-level students who have worked at small firms. These interviews will be published in Symplicity during the week leading up to the Open House. Viewing the student interview series helps students gain insight about advantages and challenges of working in the Small/Midsize Firm setting and what firms are looking for in potential candidates.

Prepare for attending the Open House by researching the employers. Students can review information about the Open House employers in Symplicity Career Fairs as employers register.  Students and recent grads should also speak with their career counselors about updating their application materials to ensure that are the best possible representation of their interests and capabilities.

In addition to possibly securing employment, the Open House is a great opportunity for UHLC students/graduates to network with a variety of local members of the bar and begin cultivating their professional network. There is no student fee or bidding process for this event, but students will be asked to pre-register.

What are the pertinent details for the next Open House?

  • What: Fall Small & Midsize Firm Open House (Fall Open House)
  • When: Friday, September 13, 2025
  • Time:  12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Where: The Foundation Room in the John M. O’Quinn Law Building
  • Who: 2L, 3L, and LL.M. students and recent J.D. and LL.M. graduates
  • 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.

What are the post-event expectations?

Following the Open House, students can follow up with each of the employers with whom they would like to further pursue employment or with whom they would like to build a networking relationship. Employers may inform candidates of their interest in their credentials and keep their resumes on file for future opportunities or extend formal interviews and employment offers. Employers’ timelines for following up after the Open House may vary.

We look forward to having you join us to network with attorneys and to learn about the opportunities available in small and midsize law firms during the Open House.