The Southeastern Minority Job Fair, or SEMJF, is a legal interview program which brings together employers from all over the country and diverse students from more than 50 law schools in the southeastern United States. It is one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in the country.
Historically, employers have gathered in Atlanta over a Friday and Saturday in mid-July to interview the students they have preselected from a potential pool of around 600 diverse candidates. Like on-campus interviews, the students that employers select are scheduled for 20-minute screening interviews in hotel meeting rooms, after which successful candidates are typically invited for call-back interviews. Employers interview rising 2L and 3L students for summer and permanent jobs which commence a year later, or recent graduates for immediate openings.
To ensure the safety of our participating students and employers, SEMJF 2020 will be hosted virtually on October 29-30.
"I really liked the diversity and maturity of the students."
"All of the students were on time, had researched the position, and had thoughtful questions."
"The students were well prepared and had responses ready and available."
"I heard a lot of firm research [in the interviews]."
"SEMJF was very well coordinated. Everyone was very helpful and friendly."
"Easy to check in [on-site]. Very organized. The entire process was easy."
"The new venue was fantastic. [We] enjoyed the ballroom style-less awkward than interviewing in guest rooms."
"Thanks so much for moving the interviews out of the guest rooms! Great change!"
"I very much enjoyed the Employer Reception Friday night."
"The new setup is protective of interviewers and students."
“I basically found my dream job and I couldn’t have done it without the job fair.”
University of Tennessee student
“Attending SEMJF may have been the best decision I could have made for my career and my life! It was an incredible tool in the job search, not just in finding a job but also in understanding the range of options available after law school. Thanks to SEMJF I found myself in a practice setting that’s right for me as a professional and as person. For this, I am thankful.”
Recent University of North Carolina graduate
“SEMJF provided me with a great opportunity to meet employers who were looking to hire students from diverse backgrounds. I would encourage any student to take the time to participate - I was certainly happy that I did.”
Washington & Lee student
“Attending SEMJF allowed me to get a head start on my job search, meet my future employer, and connect with other law students—both from my school and others!”
University of Richmond student