Engagement Opportunities

UNC School of Law provides many opportunities to start and continue the conversation with our students. From professional development programming to employer hosted coffee houses and lunch-n-learns to receptions tied to the recruiting seasons, we are happy to help you plan an engagement strategy to enhance your recruiting efforts. Please contact Shawn McKenna in the CDO to learn more about our schedule of events designed to help you keep the conversation going.

Mentorship & Networking

Register in the CDO’s Mentor Database to help students looking to connect with someone interested in their success. The database can be searched by students based on mentor employment history, practice areas, and demographic information.

The Mentor Database is the first place we look when we need to identify possible participants for the programs marked with an asterisk. Register to let us know how you want to engage with students.

The Meet the Tar Heels Reception is designed to give employers from across the country and in all practice settings an opportunity to engage with our students. The event is held three times each year – fall, spring, and summer. Resume books tailored to the employers participating will be provided.

Fall Meet the Tar Heels– December
A virtual event for employers with students from all class years featuring small group discussions. No registration fee. Registration is closed

Spring Meet the Tar Heels– April
An in-person event for employers with our 1Ls held in March on the Roy Williams Court at the Dean E. Smith Center. Tiered registration fees. Sponsorship opportunities available. Registration is closed.

Summer Meet the Tar Heels– June
A virtual event for employers registered to participate in Fall OCI with our rising 2Ls held in June featuring one-on-one conversations. No registration fee. Learn more and register here.

The CDO is happy to coordinate a morning coffee hour and lunchtime information session for your organization with boxed lunches sponsored by employers who recruit our students. Please contact Shawn McKenna in the CDO to coordinate an event for your organization. Sponsorship Fee: $1,500

A virtual program held at the end of January before the start of the spring interview season, our Mock Interview Program allows alumni from across the country to provide valuable feedback to current students on how best to present themselves during an interview.

Programs & Events

The following events and programs are mandatory parts of the professional identity formation curriculum for first-years students.

A virtual event held in the fall that allows students to explore more than 30 practice areas in small group discussions with attorneys from around the country. The attorneys represent a wide range of practice settings – public interest, private practice, government, and in-house.

An in-person career conference and reception held in October, this event is focused on exposing our first-year students to the various practice settings in which they can pursue a fulfilling career in the law. Previous panels have included:

  • Alternative Careers
  • Government
  • In-House Legal Departments
  • Judicial Clerkships
  • Private Practice – Medium & Large Firm
  • Private Practice – Small Firm
  • Public Defenders & Prosecutors
  • Public Interest

The Student Festival of Legal Learning is an in-person professional development program and reception that targets first-year students. It is offered in the early spring in conjunction with our annual Festival of Legal Learning for alumni.

This program is managed with a request for proposal process that invites alumni and employers to submit a proposal for a 45-minute session on a variety of topics related to professional development. View the past year’s program here.