National Lawyers Convention (Fall Semester)

This is the single biggest networking event of the year for Federalist Society members! You will have the opportunity to make essential contacts with judges, law clerks, and prominent practitioners.

Here are the key benefits:

1. Jobs

1Ls – you can meet the right lawyers to land your summer job.

“The National Lawyers Convention was the highlight of my first semester. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know other members in the chapter, as well as members from across the country. Just as importantly, it was a great opportunity to network with private lawyers, judges, government officials, and public interest attorneys. In fact, the Harvard Law Alumni Breakfast is where I met my boss for my summer job. I would highly recommend it to all 1L’s, as well as fellow 2L’s and 3L’s. The class missed is minimal, and the opportunity is huge” –Jeff Long, HLS ‘15

2Ls – you can meet the judges and clerks that will help you earn that clerkship you want.

2. Networking with other law students

Get to know like-minded law students that may soon be working in the same city or practice area (or both!). It is a chance to make good contacts for the future.

“Convention is an unparalleled opportunity to get connected with the broader community of conservative law and policy. The convention weekend offers the perfect blend of intellectually engaging panels, student/alumni networking events, and great social events. Convention weekend was, without doubt, the best three days of my 1L year.” –Dave Casazza, HLS ‘15

3. Small group meeting with a Supreme Court justice

Harvard FedSoc members travel over to the Supreme Court for a private meeting with one of the justices.

4. Alumni Breakfast

Harvard FedSoc Alumni host a breakfast during convention where you can meet fellow alum in DC. Last year’s featured guest was Congressman Tom Cotton.

5. Have fun in DC!

You do not have to attend every panel or luncheon. Explore the town!


We know that taking two days off in November can be difficult, especially during 1L year. Many of us have gotten our work done there and still met many great people — it is definitely worth your time!


“Last year, our final version of our open memo was due after Convention. I met several judges and attorneys in the mornings, did my editing in the afternoon, and socializing with FedSoc members every evening. By the end of convention, I’d finished my memo and managed to meet my employer for 1L summer. I had an exciting and very substantive summer position exclusively thanks to convention. Attending it was definitely the best decision I made 1L year.” –Bryan Cleveland, HLS ‘15