Every year, HALS hosts cornerstone career, speaker, and public interest events.

Career Events

Our flagship career event is our annual Asia Practice Career Fair and Panel, where we introduce our 1Ls and 2Ls to law firms with Asia practices. This past year, our event hosted representatives from firms such as Simpson Thacher, Davis Polk, Latham & Watkins, and Sullivan & Cromwell. This is a wonderful opportunity for members to network with potential employers, with many students forging lasting professional connections that begin at this event.

In addition, to initiate students who have a burgeoning professional interest in the sector, we host a Working in Asia 101 panel, where students speak to past summer associates who have spent time abroad. This is a valuable chance for our members to learn about the professional and cultural aspects of spending time in a foreign office.

HALS also provides other, more dynamic opportunities for students to build their careers.

  • We co-host the annual Asia Business Conference, the largest student-run conference focused on business in Asia. Students meet professionals in business, law and government, and hear from keynote speakers such as  Dr. Edgar Chang, the Chairman of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and H.E. Jin Liqun, Vice Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China. Students attend a wide variety of panels on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to capital markets.
  • We organize a spring delegation to a chosen country or region in Asia every year in order to expose our members to the legal, business and cultural environment in Asia. We visit both international and local offices, and meet with government officials and non-profits. For more information on this or past years’ delegations, please visit our trip page.

Public Interest

HALS chooses one public interest organization to fundraise for and partner with each year in the country that the delegation trip visits. In 2011, it was the Taiwan Legal Aid Foundation, and last year, it was Japan’s Polaris Project. This year, HALS has chosen to sponsor Gong-gam, a Korean non-governmental organization. Operating out of offices in Seoul, Gong-gam’s lawyers engage in a broad range of public interest practice areas including poverty, labor rights, and discrimination issues. Gong-gam offers legal support and training for other NGOs, provides representation in strategic litigation, conducts research toward legal reform, and serves as a clearing house for pro bono cases.

HALS is holding a Public Interest Fundraiser: Glass & Mug Painting on  Wednesday, March 5, from 7pm-9pm.  HALS will provide coffee mugs, beer glasses, wine glasses, shot glasses, and painting supplies, and space to paint your own mugs and glasses. Come have fun personalizing your own barware and support a great cause while you’re at it! Tickets are $10 per person, or $15 if you want to paint two glasses or mugs.

For more information on our fundraiser this year, please visit the event page.


Speaker Events

Every year, HALS works hard to bring a range of professionals on-campus so that students can learn, first-hand, about their experiences. This year, we have hosted speaking events with:

  • Bill Lee, partner at WilmerHale, on his experience litigating Apple v. Samsung case
  • KY Tung, partner at Morrison & Foerster, on his experiences as General Counsel for the World Bank and his private sector experience at the firm
  • David Wertime, co-founder of Tea Leaf Nation, on his insights regarding Chinese social media and entrepreneurship after law school