Every fall, a large group of our chapter members travel to Washington, DC for the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention. This several-day occasion features panels, networking events, and social outings. Attendees have the opportunity to make essential contacts with judges, law clerks, and prominent practitioners.
1Ls – you can meet the right lawyers to land your summer job; 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 law students with similar professional goals. Convention is a wonderful opportunity to make contacts who also plan to work in your preferred geographic and practice areas. The Abigail Adams Society also hosts a private lunch to connect students, practitioners, and judges.
“Convention is an unparalleled opportunity to get connected with the broader community of conservative law and policy. The 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
Most years, Harvard Fed Soc members head over to the Supreme Court for a private meeting with one of the justices. We have had the privilege of meeting with several different justices over the last few years including Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas.
4. Alumni Lunch
HLS alumni host a lunch during Convention where students can meet our chapter’s alumni from all over the country.
5. Have Fun in DC!
You are not required to attend every panel and luncheon. Take time to explore the town! This trip offers a nice break from Cambridge. We know that taking two days off in November can be difficult, especially during 1L year. However, many of us have gotten our work done there and still met many great people — it is definitely worth your time!