Career Development Office

MWThF 8am-5pm
Tuesday 8am-6pm

Career Development Office
4604 Calhoun Road
Bates Law Building, Suite 8
Houston, Texas 77204-6054
Phone: 713-743-2090
Fax: 713-743-2091


Diversity Recruiting

The Career Development Office (CDO) co-sponsors and/or promotes these diversity focused recruiting programs each year. Participation may require registration or bidding in advance of the event date so always note both dates so that you don’t miss out.

Houston Bar Association (HBA) 1L Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession (MOILP) Program

  • Description: Each year, the HBA’s MOILP Committee sponsors the Houston area’s only summer clerkship program designed specifically for Houston area 1L law students. The positions provide mentoring and real work experiences for students who might not otherwise have the opportunity for a clerkship at a law firm, corporate legal department or legal nonprofit. Participating students also have the opportunity to attend seminars on professional writing, getting the most out of internships, and making the best impression on their employers. Minority 1L students enrolled at one of three area law schools are eligible to apply. Student applications are submitted through Symplicity.  The CDO coordinates the application process and applications are submitted directly to the MOILP committee.
  • When: MOILP Committee members hold a student information session at the Law Center in November. Student bidding begins in January.  Interviews are held in February/March. Student clerkships are held during the summer.
  • Where: Houston, TX. Interviews and clerkships take place in the office of participating employers.
  • For more information:  Law Center students should speak with their CDO career counselor for more information.

Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference

  • Description: Career Fair and Conference with firms, corporations and public sector employers who are committed to the hiring and promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and lawyers.
  • When: Application deadline in August.  Fair is held in early September.
  • Where: New York, NY
  • For more information: Register on Interested Law Center students should also contact the Law Center student organization OutLaw: Students for GLBT Concerns, an organization devoted to the issues of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender students at the law school.  The Law Center works with OutLaw members to provide some supplemental funding to support travel to the Lavendar Law event.

Sunbelt Minority Recruitment Program

  • Description: Hosted by numerous “southern” law schools in Dallas, Texas, Sunbelt provides legal employers throughout the United States with an opportunity to interview diverse law students from Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Employers from across the country interview 2Ls for summer associate positions and 3Ls for permanent attorney positions.
  • When: Application deadline in late June/early July.  Fair is held in early September.
  • Where: Dallas, TX.
  • For more information: Visit the Sunbelt Website

IMPACT Career Fair

  • Description: This fair invites law firms and government agencies to interview law students and lawyers with disabilities from across the US.  
  • When: The registration deadline is TBD.  Fair is held in August.
  • Where: Arlington, VA.
  • For more information: Law Center students should speak with their CDO career counselor for more information.

The CDO team maintains an ongoing resource list for these and over 50 other diversity opportunities, updated as information is available, for Law Center students.  The “Diversity Opportunities - UHLC List” details legal employment-related opportunities for individuals who are underrepresented in the legal profession, including racial and ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ law students, individuals with disabilities, non-traditional students, etc., and may be found in the Symplicity Career Resource tab or by contacting your CDO career counselor.