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

Externships

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. 1L LEAD-WA Diversity Fellowship Information Session
    When: Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 5 – 6:30pm PDT
    Where: via Zoom
    Join Legal Employers Advancing Diversity in Washington (LEAD-WA) representatives at this information session to learn about their 2021 summer associate opportunities. LEAD-WA fosters inclusion and diversity in the practice of law by offering opportunities to law students from traditionally underrepresented groups to work in a variety of law firm and corporate law environments in the State of Washington.

    LEAD-WA opportunities are open to all first-year law students at Washington's three law schools. Applicants must demonstrate how they fit into an underrepresented group in the legal profession. This program offers a paid summer fellowship with one of the participating employers.  Students have the opportunity to work alongside practicing attorneys in a law firm or corporate in-house counsel environment. Applications are accepted in the early Winter Quarter. 

    Participating Law Firms and Companies**

    • Bennet Bigelow & Leedom, P.S.
    • Expedia, Inc.
    • Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP
    • Howard S. Wright Company
    • Karr Tuttle Campbell, P.S.
    • Lee & Hayes, PLLC (Seattle or Spokane)
    • Marten Law
    • Oles Morrison Rinker Baker LLP
    • Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
    • Seattle Children’s Hospital
    • Tableau Software, Inc.
    • T-Mobile USA, Inc.

     **Note: This list is subject to change.  We anticipate that several more Employers will join prior to or during the application period. Pay attention to emails from your school’s Career Services office for updates.

    Panelists for this event include:


    • Adam Lasky, Seyfarth Shaw (LEAD-WA President),
    • Sean Davis, T-Mobile USA,
    • Gurpreet Gill, Bullivant Houser Bailey, and
    • former fellows from UW Law. 

    More details can be found at LEAD-WA.org. 

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

  2. 1L LEAD-WA Diversity Fellowship Information Session
    When: Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 12:30 – 1:20pm PDT
    RSVP on SCS Online.

    Join Legal Employers Advancing Diversity in Washington (LEAD-WA) representatives at this information session to learn about their 2021 summer associate opportunities. LEAD-WA fosters inclusion and diversity in the practice of law by offering opportunities to law students from traditionally underrepresented groups to work in a variety of law firm and corporate law environments in the State of Washington.

    LEAD-WA opportunities are open to all first-year law students at Washington's three law schools. Applicants must demonstrate how they fit into an underrepresented group in the legal profession. This program offers a paid summer fellowship with one of the participating employers.  Students have the opportunity to work alongside practicing attorneys in a law firm or corporate in-house counsel environment. Applications are accepted in the early Winter Quarter. 

    Participating Law Firms and Companies**
    Bennet Bigelow & Leedom, P.S.
    Expedia, Inc.
    Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP
    Howard S. Wright Company
    Karr Tuttle Campbell, P.S.
    Lee & Hayes, PLLC (Seattle or Spokane)
    Marten Law
    Oles Morrison Rinker Baker LLP
    Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
    Seattle Children’s Hospital
    Tableau Software, Inc.
    T-Mobile USA, Inc.

     **Note: This list is subject to change.  We anticipate that several more Employers will join prior to or during the application period. Pay attention to emails from your school’s Career Services office for updates.
    More details can be found at LEAD-WA.org.
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  3. US Legal and Law-Related Job Market Overview
    When: Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 12:30 – 1:20pm PDT
    US Legal and Law-Related Job Market Overview with Huy Nguyen, Director, W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program; Jennifer Lenga-Long, Associate Director, Sustainable International Development Graduate Program
    This session will provide an overview of the US job market for legal careers, with a focus on opportunities in Washington State.  We will provide an overview of the market for legal positions and law-related positions, discuss the how private law firms hire entry-level associates, the challenges of obtaining employer-sponsored visas.  We will preview some job strategies that have been effective for graduate students and discuss opportunities for gaining experience in the US.

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

  4. Legal Market Overview
    When: Thursday, October 29, 2020, 12:30 – 1:20pm PDT
    In a legal market that is constantly changing, it’s important to keep up with trends that impact recruiting and hiring so you can make educated decisions about your future. This session will explore the new market realities of both public and private sector employers.

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

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

  6. Perkins Coie IP Breakfast
    When: Thursday, November 5, 2020, 9 – 10am PST
    Where: via Zoom
    Learn about Perkins Coie’s 1L Patent Fellowship and hear from a panel of attorneys about working in the Patent Practice Group and in the Trademark, Copyright, Media & Brand Protection Practice Group. These attorneys work closely with companies to develop comprehensive solutions to complicated intellectual property issues at all stages of growth. 

    Featured panelists*:
    Nicole Dunham focuses on implementing patent strategies to further her clients' business objectives and goals. Her practice encompasses all aspects of patent preparation and prosecution, strategic development of patent portfolios, freedom to operate analysis, patent validity analysis and other intellectual property due diligence. Nicole has extensive experience with both investor-side and company-side patent-related due diligence, representing venture capital firms, institutional investors, multinational corporations and emerging companies from incubation through acquisition. She also partners with patent litigation counsel on infringement matters, as well as transactional counsel during corporate financings and M&A transactions associated with tech companies.
    Christy McCullough is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. Her practice focuses primarily on patent litigation and appeals, related counseling, and general commercial litigation for technology companies. Christy has experience with a broad range of technologies in the electrical engineering and computer science fields, including processor and network architecture, semiconductors, cloud computing, telecommunications networks and devices, and Internet and software applications. She has handled high-stakes cases for established Fortune 500 companies as well as emerging companies and startups and has extensive experience before federal district courts throughout the country and the Federal Circuit.
    Jim Vana is a partner and immediate past-chair of the firm's Trademark, Copyright, Internet & Advertising practice, provides a full range of counseling, prosecution, portfolio management, enforcement, and dispute resolution services to clients in several different fields. Jim has developed particular skills in administrative trademark and domain name disputes, as well as copyright registration and registration of colors and other non-traditional trademarks.

    * subject to possible change.

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

  7. 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.

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

  8. Speed Networking
    When: Thursday, December 3, 2020, 4:30 – 6pm PST
    Where: via Zoom
    This virtual networking event is an opportunity to connect with legal professionals from a variety of work settings and practice areas. Wondering what it's like to work in-house? Have a question for a government attorney? Trying to figure out the cultural differences between small, mid-sized and large law firms? If you've got questions about career paths and your job search, this is was meant for you.

    Attendees will spend 10 to 15 minutes in Zoom rooms with each of our participating attorneys.

    Don't miss the chance to broaden your network from the comfort of home (professional attire still required)!

    Attorneys will be announced soon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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