JD Career & Professional Development

The UW School of Law has maintained a consistently strong employment rate for its current and graduating students. Our graduates are advancing their careers in all areas of the law, including private firms, judicial clerkships and public service work.

With our integrated model of career services and student services, you will find a unique opportunity to align your academics and career path. From the very beginning, our coaches will help you identify your professional goals and explore the courses and experiential learning activities to get you there.

Student and Career Services will help you succeed by providing:

  • Career coaching and academic advising
  • Professional development resources
  • Organized recruiting opportunities such as our on-campus interview program
  • Electronic job-search tools
  • Professional mentoring
  • Participation in national and regional career fairs
  • Judicial clerkship advising
  • Networking opportunities to build professional relationships among attorneys, alumni and UW Law students


Experiential learning opportunities allow our students to gain practical experience and advance their careers. Through externships, students receive academic credit for work performed with judges, government agencies and public interest organizations.

Career & Networking Calendar

See the full calendar of upcoming events.

  1. Alumni Panel – Managing a Challenging Legal Job Market
    When: Friday, August 14, 2020, 12:30 – 1:20pm PDT
    Where: via Zoom
    A panel of University of Washington School of Law alumni will share their experiences and advice regarding facing and overcoming challenging legal job markets at graduation this Friday, August 14, 12:30 - 1:20 p.m. on Zoom. The event will open with panelist anecdotes followed by an audience Q&A. Come and have your anxieties eased, voice your concerns about the current legal job market, and connect with empathizing alumni. RSVP in SCS Online.
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  2. Costco Legal Presents: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion In-House Insights
    When: Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 11am – 12:30pm PDT
    Where: via Zoom
    Costco Legal presents this virtual, in-house panel intended to support diversity, equity and inclusion by providing in-house practice overviews across specialty areas and by sharing career tips. Students from the University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University School of Law are invited to attend. There will be a 60 minute panel presentation followed by a 30 minute question and answer (Q&A) session. This event will be recorded.

    Costco Speakers Include:
    o   John Sullivan, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
    o   Sergio Ahedo Mendoza, Corporate Legal Affairs Director for Costco México
    o   Marianne Bundren, Corporate Counsel - Real Estate Legal
    o   Karen Raines, Corporate Counsel - Regulatory / Sustainability /Social Responsibility / Environmental Legal   
    o   Chris Koa, Corporate Counsel - Corporate / Technology Transactions / IT/ IP Legal

    Costco Legal would like to thank:

    o   Loren Miller Bar Association;
    o   Latino/a Bar Association of Washington;
    o   Asian Bar Association of Washington);
    o   University of Washington Law School; and
    o   Seattle University Law School

    RSVP in SCS Online.
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…