Graduate Student Career & Professional Development

Student and Career Services offers specialized career counseling for graduate students, both domestic and international. Career coaches are available to meet individually to develop a tailored employment search strategy. These services include revising application materials, identifying firms and organizations that match students’ interests and introducing students to practitioners in their chosen field.

Additionally, graduate students have access to:

  • Academic advising
  • Career coaching
  • Networking opportunities and events
  • Professional development programming
  • Online and subscription-based job-search tools
  • Assistance obtaining externships and internships

Career & Networking Calendar

See the full calendar of upcoming events.

  1. Social Justice Tuesday-Unblocking the Ballot Box: Protecting Voting Rights in 2020
    When: Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 12:30 – 1:20pm PDT
    Unblocking the Ballot Box:  Protecting Voting Rights in 2020…

    The 2020 election has already been one of the most contentious in history.  This election will happen during a pandemic, amid allegations of voter fraud, systems interference, and directives from the President to undermine the USPS in order to make it harder to vote by mail.

    Join us for our first Social Justice Tuesday this year as we discuss issues relating to election law and election protection.  We will discuss the extent to which executive decisions have influenced (or attempted to influence) elections in the past, and we will hear from advocates and litigators working hard to fight for a free and fair election system.

    We will be joined by three exceptional panelists – Ron Fein, Legal Director for Free Speech for People, an election protection and campaign finance advocacy organization; Professor Lisa Manheim, Charles I. Stone Associate Professor of Law here at UW and a constitutional and election law scholar; and Malcolm Seymour, a Partner at Foster Garvey who serves as outside counsel to the Bernie Sanders campaign and works in election law and campaign finance issues.  Their bios are below. 

    We hope that you will join us for an exciting discussion to kick off the 2020 school year!

    ***Speaker Bios***

    Ron Fein.  Ron Fein is the Legal Director for Free Speech for People.  Free Speech For People is a catalyzing leader in the country challenging big money in politics, confronting corruption at the highest levels of our government, fighting for free and fair elections, and advancing a new jurisprudence grounded in the promises of political equality and democratic self-government.  They have drafted model legislation aimed at campaign finance reform, including legislation recently passed by the Seattle City Council.  They have also recently filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania and North Carolina challenging unsafe, unequal and unreliable election rules and voting systems in advance of the 2020 general election.

    Lisa Manheim.  Professor Lisa Manheim is the Charles I. Stone Associate Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law.  She writes in the areas of constitutional law, election law, and presidential powers.  Her scholarship has been published in the University of Chicago Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the Supreme Court Review, and other leading academic journals.  These works explore questions of federalism and institutionalism in the context of the judiciary.  Professor Manheim's courses include Constitutional Law, Election Law, Legislation, and Federal Courts.  She is a three-time recipient of the Philip A. Trautman Professor of the Year Award given by the student body.

    Malcolm Seymour.  Malcolm Seymour is a Partner at the law firm Foster Garvey, where he practices election and campaign finance law and serves as outside counsel to the Bernie Sanders campaign, and also engages in commercial litigation and pro bono work.  Malcolm was a core strategist, drafter and negotiator in Bernie 2016’s lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee, challenging suspension of the campaign’s access to a party voter database.  He has also helped spearhead lawsuits against election laws in Ohio and Arizona under the Voting Rights Act and Fourteenth Amendment.  

    RSVP on SCS Online.
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  2. Pro Bono Fair and Externship Information Session
    When: Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 12:30 – 1:30pm PDT
    Interested in pro bono service and/or externship opportunities? Come learn about UW offerings and get answers to questions including:
    •What is the Pro Bono Honors Program?
    •What is an externship?
    •Why do externships/pro bono?
    •How do I participate?
    •What is the Pro Bono and Externship fair that is being held on October 13…

  3. APALSA's Etiquette Training 2020
    When: Thursday, October 15, 2020, 12:30 – 1:20pm PDT
    Where: via Zoom
    APALSA is hosting an Etiquette Training on Thursday, October 15, 12:30 - 1:20 p.m. This training will focus on what to wear, how to make a proper self-introduction, and how to navigate other "do's and don'ts." Short Q&A will be available with two professional attorneys.

    RSVP on SCS Online.
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  4. APALSA's Speed Networking 2020
    When: Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 5 – 7:15pm PDT
    Where: via Zoom
    UW APALSA (the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association) is hosting its annual Speed Networking event in October to connect legal professionals from a variety of legal backgrounds to law students. This event is an incredibly important opportunity for students during this challenging time to learn from and engage with the legal community.

    RSVP on SCS Online. 
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  5. Social Justice Tuesday-Immigrant
    When: Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 12:30 – 1:30pm PST

  6. Antitrust Day at UW Law
    When: Thursday, November 19, 2020, 12:30 – 1:20pm PST
    Where: via Zoom
    Antitrust enforcement is a central issue in today’s news and in the 2020 election campaign. The “big tech” companies are under scrutiny as never before. Both Trump and Biden have called for increased scrutiny of tech companies. Federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies have investigated antitrust claims against various tech companies. Some in Congress believe some of the biggest companies should be broken up. As we move past the election the questions raised over the last several years will continue to be relevant: Are we failing to enforce antitrust laws properly? Do we need new laws? What’s the goal of antitrust law anyway?

    Students interested in aspects of business law should attend—but now, as never before, antitrust isn’t just something for business lawyers. This panel of practicing attorneys and antitrust enforcers will talk about the practice of antitrust law in Seattle, antitrust enforcement, the directions it may take after the election, and answer your questions.

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  7. Social Justice Tuesday
    When: Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 12:30 – 1:30pm PST

  8. Social Justice Tuesday
    When: Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 12:30 – 1:30pm PST

  9. Social Justice Tuesday
    When: Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 12:30 – 1:30pm PST

  10. Social Justice Tuesday
    When: Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 12:30 – 1:30pm PST

  11. Social Justice Tuesday
    When: Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 12:30 – 1:30pm PST

  12. Social Justice Tuesday
    When: Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 12:30 – 1:30pm PST