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.

Employment for Class of 2017

Employment by Type

  • 44%
    Law Firms
  • 15%
    Public Interest
  • 14%
    Clerkships
  • 14%
    Business & Industry
  • 12%
    Government
  • 1%
    Education

Career & Networking Calendar

See the full calendar of upcoming events.

  1. Career Buildling Workshop: Skills Exploration
    When: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 3 – 4pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)

  2. Career Planning Workshop: Resumes
    When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 3 – 4pm PDT
    Did you know that the majority of recruiters spend less than 30 seconds on the initial review of a resume? In this workshop, we will help you learn to translate your skills and experiences to a well thought out resume that will quickly catch the eye of legal employers. Bring your resume (in hard copy or electronically) and improve it in real time as we discuss the ins and outs of legal resumes.

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  3. Resumes for Graduate Students
    When: Thursday, October 17, 2019, 12:30 – 1:20pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Come learn how translate your experiences in to a resume that will catch the eye of legal employers. Bring your resume (in hard copy or electronically) and improve it in real time as we discuss the ins and outs of legal resumes.
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  4. Career Planning Workshop: Skills Exploration
    When: Thursday, October 17, 2019, 3 – 4pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)

  5. Career Planning Workshops: Cover Letter
    When: Monday, October 21, 2019, 3 – 4pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Writing a cover letter that catches the attention of a legal recruiter or hiring partner can be a challenge. This workshop will help you craft a narrative that will show your strengths and passions while making a great impression on potential future employers. Attendees should bring a cover letter draft to work on in the session.

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  6. Career Planning Workshop: Cover Letter
    When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 3 – 4pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Writing a cover letter that catches the attention of a legal recruiter or hiring partner can be a challenge. This workshop will help you craft a narrative that will show your strengths and passions while making a great impression on potential future employers. Attendees should bring a cover letter draft to work on in the session.

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  7. Career Planning Workshop: Cover Letter
    When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 3 – 4pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Writing a cover letter that catches the attention of a legal recruiter or hiring partner can be a challenge. This workshop will help you craft a narrative that will show your strengths and passions while making a great impression on potential future employers. Attendees should bring a cover letter draft to work on in the session.

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  8. Career Planning Workshops: Cover Letter
    When: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 3 – 4pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Writing a cover letter that catches the attention of a legal recruiter or hiring partner can be a challenge. This workshop will help you craft a narrative that will show your strengths and passions while making a great impression on potential future employers. Attendees should bring a cover letter draft to work on in the session.

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  9. Association of Corporate Counsel-WA Roundtable
    When: Friday, October 25, 2019, 12:30 – 1:30pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Spend lunch networking with in-house attorneys from corporate legal departments across Seattle. Lunch will be provided.

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  10. Career Planning Workshop: Cover Letter
    When: Friday, October 25, 2019, 3 – 4pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Writing a cover letter that catches the attention of a legal recruiter or hiring partner can be a challenge. This workshop will help you craft a narrative that will show your strengths and passions while making a great impression on potential future employers. Attendees should bring a cover letter draft to work on in the session.

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  11. Judicial Clerkships 101 for 2L's and 3L's
    When: Monday, October 28, 2019, 12:30 – 1:20pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Want to learn about judicial clerkships from current and former clerks? Join Professor Benjamin Halasz for a discussion about the what, why, and how of helping judges decide cases.

    If you need more inspiration, check out these quotes and more from our own faculty.
    • “[Y]our clerkship will be the best job you ever have, unless and until you become a judge yourself.”  
    • “The clerk is really an extension of the judge . . . . It’s more than just a family. It’s a connected, professional relationship that you develop.” 
    • “When asked whether they would clerk again, a remarkable 97% [of former clerks] responded in the affirmative.”

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  12. Career Planning Workshop: Cover Letter
    When: Monday, October 28, 2019, 3 – 4pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Writing a cover letter that catches the attention of a legal recruiter or hiring partner can be a challenge. This workshop will help you craft a narrative that will show your strengths and passions while making a great impression on potential future employers. Attendees should bring a cover letter draft to work on in the session.

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  13. Career Planning Workshop: Skills Exploration
    When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 3 – 4pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)

  14. Senate Committee Service Information Session
    When: Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 12:30 – 1:20pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Attorneys from the Senate Committee Services Office of the Washington Legislature will be on campus to share details about their paid summer opportunities for law students. The office provides professional nonpartisan research, fiscal and policy analysis, and administrative support services to members of the Washington State Senate and its committees.
    • The role of Senate Committee Services (SCS) and nonpartisan staff within the Legislature
    • An overview of SCS's summer graduate and legal internship program
    • Questions and Answers
    Presenters:
    Kim Cushing, Senior Staff Coordinator, Senate Energy, Environment & Technology Committee
    Alician Kinne-Clawson, Staff Analyst/Coordinator, Senate Higher Education Committee
    Evan Klein, Staff Counsel/Coordinator, Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  15. Career Planning Workshop: Cover Letter
    When: Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 3:30 – 4:30pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Writing a cover letter that catches the attention of a legal recruiter or hiring partner can be a challenge. This workshop will help you craft a narrative that will show your strengths and passions while making a great impression on potential future employers. Attendees should bring a cover letter draft to work on in the session.

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  16. Perkins Coie IP Breakfast
    When: Thursday, October 31, 2019, 8 – 9am PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    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. A continental breakfast will be served.

    Featured panelists:

    Susan Betcher focuses her practice on patent procurement, patent infringement and validity analysis, intellectual property license drafting and negotiating, due diligence analysis of patent portfolios and intellectual property counseling. Susan's practice covers a broad range of technologies sectors with a concentration in clean technologies such as carbon sequestration, hydrogen production and storage, glycol recycling, as well as mechanical, electromechanical, and medical device-related technologies. She drafts and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications according to strategic portfolio planning and performs intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. She also advises clients on establishing internal patent procurement programs, analyzing and protecting competitive market advantages, and international patent prosecution strategies.

    Jim Vana is a partner and firm-wide chair of the firm's Trademark, Copyright, Media & Brand Protection 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. Jim is active in several industry associations and has served on the editorial board of the Trademark Reporter and as chair of several committees for the ABA Intellectual Property Section. Jim is a regular speaker on trademark and copyright matters and has published several articles.

    Jonathan McFarland is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property practice, with an emphasis on patent litigation. He has experience representing clients in all stages of litigation and has litigated cases in jurisdictions across the country, including the International Trade Commission (ITC), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and federal courts. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Jonathan clerked for the Honorable Sharon Prost of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

    RSVP in SCS Online
    A continental breakfast will be served.
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  17. Expand Your Opportunities: Out of State Job Search
    When: Thursday, October 31, 2019, 12:30 – 1:30pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    In a legal market that is constantly changing, it’s important to keep up with trends that impact recruiting and hiring so you can understand legal career paths and the skills employers demand. This session will explore the new market realities of both public and private sector employers.

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

  18. Career Buildling Workshop: Skills Exploration
    When: Thursday, October 31, 2019, 3 – 4pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)

  19. WSBA Diversity Committee Fellowship Application Overview
    When: Monday, November 4, 2019, 12:30 – 1:30pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Learn best practices for compiling and submitting a strong fellowship application from a panel of members of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Diversity Committee. Personal statements will be discussed in-depth as part of the event.

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

  20. Career Planning Workshop: Networking
    When: Monday, November 4, 2019, 3 – 4pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Admit it, you know making connections is important for your career but … you’re busy, or intimidated, or overwhelmed by the options. There is no reason meeting people has to be tiring, stressful or awkward. There are a lot of ways to network and they don’t have to be painful. Come to this workshop and learn more about the types of networking common in the legal community and how to prioritize professional socializing to help your career.

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  21. Career Planning Workshop: Networking
    When: Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 3 – 4pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Admit it, you know making connections is important for your career but … you’re busy, or intimidated, or overwhelmed by the options. There is no reason meeting people has to be tiring, stressful or awkward. There are a lot of ways to network and they don’t have to be painful. Come to this workshop and learn more about the types of networking common in the legal community and how to prioritize professional socializing to help your career.

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  22. Career Planning Workshop: Networking
    When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 3 – 4pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Admit it, you know making connections is important for your career but … you’re busy, or intimidated, or overwhelmed by the options. There is no reason meeting people has to be tiring, stressful or awkward. There are a lot of ways to network and they don’t have to be painful. Come to this workshop and learn more about the types of networking common in the legal community and how to prioritize professional socializing to help your career.

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  23. LEAD-WA Information Session
    When: Thursday, November 7, 2019, 12:30 – 1:30pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Join Legal Employers Advancing Diversity in Washington (LEAD-WA) representatives at this information session to learn about their 2020 summer associate opportunities. LEAD-WA works to foster inclusion and diversity in the practice of law by offering paid summer fellowship opportunities to law students from traditionally underrepresented groups. Fellows work in a variety of law firm and corporate law environments throughout the State of Washington.

    Applications are accepted in the early Winter Quarter.

    More details can be found at LEAD-WA.org.
    More info: www.lead-wa.org

  24. Career Planning Workshop: Networking
    When: Thursday, November 7, 2019, 3 – 4pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Admit it, you know making connections is important for your career but … you’re busy, or intimidated, or overwhelmed by the options. There is no reason meeting people has to be tiring, stressful or awkward. There are a lot of ways to network and they don’t have to be painful. Come to this workshop and learn more about the types of networking common in the legal community and how to prioritize professional socializing to help your career.

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  25. Career Planning Workshop: Networking
    When: Friday, November 8, 2019, 3 – 4pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Admit it, you know making connections is important for your career but … you’re busy, or intimidated, or overwhelmed by the options. There is no reason meeting people has to be tiring, stressful or awkward. There are a lot of ways to network and they don’t have to be painful. Come to this workshop and learn more about the types of networking common in the legal community and how to prioritize professional socializing to help your career.

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  26. Career Planning Workshop: Networking
    When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 3 – 4pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Admit it, you know making connections is important for your career but … you’re busy, or intimidated, or overwhelmed by the options. There is no reason meeting people has to be tiring, stressful or awkward. There are a lot of ways to network and they don’t have to be painful. Come to this workshop and learn more about the types of networking common in the legal community and how to prioritize professional socializing to help your career.

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  27. Yakama Nation Office of Legal Counsel-Summer Legal Fellowship
    When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:30 – 1:20pm PST

  28. Career Planning Workshop: Networking
    When: Thursday, November 14, 2019, 3 – 4pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Admit it, you know making connections is important for your career but … you’re busy, or intimidated, or overwhelmed by the options. There is no reason meeting people has to be tiring, stressful or awkward. There are a lot of ways to network and they don’t have to be painful. Come to this workshop and learn more about the types of networking common in the legal community and how to prioritize professional socializing to help your career.

    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  29. UW Law Diversity Fellowship Reception
    When: Thursday, November 14, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Join representatives from local firms that hire 1L Diversity Fellows. Participating firms will be added to this event listing as we receive RSVPs. This session is open to 1L students.
    RSVP ON SCS ONLINE
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  30. Career Insights from a Tech Lawyer
    When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 12:30 – 1:20pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…