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The Justice & Diversity Center

Bay Area Diversity Career Fair - A program of The Bar Association of San Francisco and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP


Registration is now closed for employers.

Student registration [Ends June 12]

The 2016 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair will be held July 22-23.  The Diversity Career Fair brings together prominent law firms, government legal departments, and nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area with highly qualified diverse rising second-year law students.  A welcome reception for registered students and employers takes place at Orrick the night before the interviews, and a breakfast panel the morning of the fair features diverse lawyers from a variety of practice areas.  In 2015, more than 300 law students from across the nation and 52 employers participated in the 11th Annual Bay Area Diversity Career Fair.  

The career fair takes places at the Hilton Financial District, 750 Kearny Street, San Francisco.

Bay Area Diversity Career Fair History
In 2005, Orrick created the Bay Area’s first ever diversity career fair for second-year law students and obtained the co-sponsorship of the Bar Association of San Francisco to ensure the program’s success.  The career fair sought to create the nation’s leading job fair for incoming second-year law students of diverse backgrounds.  The Bay Area Diversity Career Fair was a much needed event for employers in the Bay Area as well as law students across the country, who previously had to travel great distances to find job fairs that targeted minority candidates. 

Orrick and BASF also sought to provide participating students with other educational and networking opportunities.  Accordingly, they combined the two-day event with a reception at Orrick’s San Francisco office that included prospective employers.  The Career Fair also includes a breakfast panel event at which prominent Bay Area lawyers from diverse backgrounds discussed their experiences using diversity as a strength to succeed in the legal profession. The breakfast panels, which occur early in the morning on Saturday before the full day of interviews commence, have featured a number of distinguished community and business leaders in various fields of the legal profession, including large firms and small firms, non-profit organizations, Fortune 500 companies, the judiciary, and governmental entities. 

We hope you will join us for our twelfth annual event on July 22-23. 

2016 Sponsorship Opportunities

Would you like to sponsor the 12th Annual Bay Area Diversity Career Fair and support the next generation of diverse attorneys?

Sponsor Opportunity

  • Three $2,000 sponsorship opportunities are available for the fair’s (1) student breakfast, (2) student internet café, and (3) student luncheon
  • Prominent on-site signage with your company’s name and logo at the career fair
  • Recognition of your sponsorship through our website, newsletter, and other social media outlets

For more information about sponsorship opportunities please contact Elizabeth McGriff at


2014 Career Fair Stats* [2015 stats will be posted in Spring 2016]

  • 843 student registrations

  • 323 students interviewed

  • 50 employers participated in 63 schedules

  • 211 callbacks

  • 79 offers

*based on 76% employer feedback response rate




“Thank you again for putting on this fantastic two-day event. I have nothing but positive comments on the entire experience. The people were supportive and it was great to get a cross-sectional perspective on our legal experiences thus far. I feel fortunate to have come out to the Bay Area for this event.”

- University of Iowa ’17 and 2015 BADCF Participant


"I wanted to say thank you for putting on the event! We all really appreciate everything you did to make it happen. I feel fortunate to have attended; as someone going to school outside of the Bay Area/SF, it was a really wonderful opportunity."

– University of Michigan ’16 and 2014 BADCF Participant

"I thoroughly enjoyed participating in both the reception and Career Fair. The responsiveness and enthusiastic attitude of the Fair coordinating team throughout the summer made the experience highly enjoyable."

– Marquette University ’16 and 2014 BADCF Participant

“My experience at the 2013 Diversity Career Fair was certainly a positive one.  I had the opportunity to interview with several excellent firms, and ended up accepting a summer associate position with one of the firms I interviewed with.  The career fair definitely proved to be a great opportunity and a great resource!”

- University of Virginia School of Law ’15 and 2013 BADCF Participant

“The Bay Area Diversity Career Fair was quite different from other career fairs I attended. The lawyers and law firms interviewing truly cared about promoting and retaining diversity, and I could tell from my interactions with them that this was really important to them. My interviews through the BADCF seemed to be more holistic than at other fairs, and my background and life experiences appeared to be as important to my interviewers as my legal experience and class rank. I would highly recommend any student to consider applying to be a part of the BADCF, and I wish everyone good luck!

- Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’15 and 2013 BADCF Participant

"I thought the fair was an excellent event and I had a great time. You all did a wonderful job making students feel welcomed and more at ease. The break room was very useful in that we could get on computers if necessary and the internet was available to us. It was extremely easy to locate the interview rooms and everything that you all provided for us was fantastic. I was really glad to be there.  I thought it was great and thank you for all your hard work. I will be encouraging others to attend this year and submit bids."

- UC Davis '15 and 2013 Career Fair Participant 

“Increasingly high caliber of students from all over the country, not just bay area schools, who are focused on working in the Bay Area, which means they know more about the firms and what practice areas and type of work we have to offer.”

– Arjeree Martin, Cooley

“We always appreciate the opportunity to meet diverse students from schools we might not otherwise travel to/recruit from.”

– Maureen Cooper, Downey Brand

“Hands down, this job fair is by far the best and most important recruiting event of the year.  It brings together all of the top, highly qualified, diverse candidates in the country that have an interest in practicing law in the Bay Area.  From a review of the candidates we called back, we could have filled our summer program hiring needs if everyone had accepted.”

– Caryn Schreiber, Skadden



For general career fair information, please contact Elizabeth McGriff at