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. Coffee with Counsel 1/24 [Small Networking Event]
    When: Friday, January 24, 2020, 9 – 10am PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    RSVP in SCS Online

    Practice your networking skills with local attorneys from a variety of practice areas, industries, and settings during Coffee with Counsel sessions hosted by SCS. These small group events will bring different attorneys each week to meet with a small group of students on Friday mornings over coffee.  Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

    Nossman LLP
    Brian Ferrasci-O'Malley
    Associate
    Alumni Status: Yes (law school)
        J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2013
        M.S., University of Montana, 2008
        B.S., Boston College, 2004
    Brian Ferrasci-O’Malley's practice focuses on environmental and natural resource litigation, permitting, and review.  He assists clients in cases arising under CERCLA, MTCA, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Endangered Species Act.  In addition, Brian counsels clients in the renewable energy sphere.  He advises on federal wildlife issues as part of environmental due diligence reviews and has experience with habitat conservation plans (HCPs) and eagle conservation plans (ECPs).
    Brian also has extensive experience regarding natural resource damages (NRD) matters and the regulations and policy involved in that area.  Prior to joining Nossaman, he was an attorney with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor, where he managed a nationwide docket of NRD cases under CERCLA and OPA.  In that role, he advised case teams on litigation risks and compliance with NEPA and a wide variety of environmental statutes and regulations.  He also coordinated with federal, state, and tribal partners during the NRD claim assessment and restoration processes.  Brian began his legal career as an associate at a boutique environmental law firm in Seattle.

    Brian holds undergraduate and graduate scientific degrees and, before pursuing a career as an attorney, worked as an environmental consultant involved in habitat restoration and community-based conservation projects across Washington State and Montana.
    https://www.nossaman.com/professionals-bferrasciomalley

    Davis Wright Tremaine
    Eric Stahl
    Partner
    Alumni Status: Yes (law school)
        J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1997, with high honors
        B.A. International Relations, Minor in Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1988, magna cum laude
    Eric Stahl helps media and entertainment companies, advertisers, and other content providers and communications companies in intellectual property, First Amendment and commercial matters. A former journalist, he has over 20 years’ experience providing timely and practical advice to newsrooms and media outlets nationwide on pre-publication and pre-broadcast review, reporter’s privilege, access to government records and proceedings, digital content issues, and defense of defamation claims.
    The author of a book on copyright remedies, Eric regularly litigates copyright, trade secret and other intellectual property cases. His copyright clients include studios and production companies, publishers, ad agencies and gaming companies. He also represents clients in commercial speech, privacy and online liability cases.
    https://www.dwt.com/people/s/stahl-eric-m
    More info: law-uw.admin.12twenty.com…

  2. Interested in Social Change? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is seeking 1L's for 2020 Summer Internships
    When: Monday, January 27, 2020, 12:30 – 1:20pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks tenacious information seekers who bring curiosity to solving problems.
    Does that sound like you? If you are 1L,  please come to this information session to learn more about the internship and application process.

    RSVP: SCS onlline

  3. 1L & Graduate Students: First Term Grades - Building on Success (& Nonsuccess)
    When: Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 12:30 – 1:20pm PST
    Now that first term grades are in, where do you go from here? This workshop is designed to provide newer (1L and graduate) students with tools to build upon the success and failures of the first term grades. 

  4. Career Planning Workshops: Networking
    When: Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 3 – 3:50pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Learn how to develop professional relationships through informal interviews, social media, and in-person opportunities. We’ll provide special tips for introverts and those who don’t think they like networking.

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

  5. Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett Info Session
    When: Thursday, January 30, 2020, 12:30 – 1:20pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Representatives from the law firm of Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett will present information about the firm, its practice areas, and locations. Headquartered in New York City and employing over 900 attorneys worldwide, the firm is ranked by Vault in 2020 as the number 2 law firm for Private Equity and the number 5 law firm for Securities and Capital Markets.

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

  6. Coffee with Counsel 1/31 [Small Networking Event]
    When: Friday, January 31, 2020, 9 – 10am PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    RSVP in SCS Online.

    Practice your networking skills with local attorneys from a variety of practice areas, industries, and settings during Coffee with Counsel sessions hosted by SCS. These small group events will bring different attorneys each week to meet with a small group of students on Friday mornings over coffee.  Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

    Washington State Attorney General's Office
    Colleen Melody
    Civil Rights Divison Chief
    Alumni Status: Yes (law school and undergraduate)
        J.D., University of Washington School of Law
        B.A. Law, Societies and Justice, University of Washington, 2004
    Colleen Melody serves as Chief of the Civil Rights Division in the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. The Civil Rights Division enforces federal and state laws protecting the rights of vulnerable populations in Washington, with an emphasis on civil rights and anti-discrimination work. Colleen leads a team of attorneys, investigators, and staff on enforcement matters statewide. These include cases in the areas of employment, housing, education, police practices, government agencies, and at businesses that are open to the public. The Civil Rights Division has also taken a lead role in challenging unlawful policies of the federal government, including the Muslim Travel Ban, termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Transgender Military Service Ban, Family Separation policy, and others.
    Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Colleen served as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. There, she brought enforcement actions to remedy discrimination on the bases of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, and disability. Following law school, she served as a law clerk to Judge Ronald M. Gould of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

    Collective Justice
    Martina Kartman
    Co-founder and Co-Director
    Alumni Status: Yes (law school)
        J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2017
        B.A. Double Major: Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and Law, Societies, & Justice, University of Washington, 2009
    Martina Kartman is the co-founder and co-director of Collective Justice, an organization dedicated to building community-based responses to violence. She is committed to the dignity, power, and agency of communities most impacted by interpersonal and state violence. Her work is shaped by her own experiences as a young person on various sides of harm and the criminal legal system, and by her involvement with movements for anti-violence, racial justice, and criminal justice reform. Prior to joining Collective Justice, she provided support to survivors of violence and harm pursuing restorative justice, and legal and policy initiatives to better address the needs of people impacted by institutionalization with the City of Seattle Office of Civil Rights, Columbia Legal Services Institutions Project, and UnCommon Law. Martina is currently a Jackson Leadership Fellow, and JustLead Fellow. She is a recipient of the Open Society Foundation Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship, UW Bonderman Fellowship, Karin Stromberg Contribution to Social Justice, the Herring Phelps Award for Scholarly Activism, and the Meena Vashee Scholarship for Survivors. She holds a JD from the University of Washington School of Law, where she was a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar.
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  7. WSBA Bar Exam Info Session and Character & Fitness Discussion
    When: Monday, February 3, 2020, 12:30 – 1:20pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    In this presentation overview, the following topics will be addressed:
    • The bar exam
    • the bar application
    • the bar admissions process
    • This session will also include an in-depth discussion about character and fitness.
    RSVP in SCS Online
    More info: law-uw.admin.12twenty.com…

  8. Career Planning Workshops: Skills Exploration
    When: Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 3 – 3:50pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Learn how to answer the interview question: Tell me about yourself? And how to persuasively sell yourself to prospective employers and clients (without bragging).

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

  9. WSBA Rule 9 Info Session and Character & Fitness Discussion
    When: Thursday, February 6, 2020, 12:30 – 1:20pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    In this presentation overview, the following topics will be addressed:
    • Who qualifies as a Rule-9 Licensed Legal Interns?
    • How does one apply?
    • What is the admissions process?
    The presentation will also include an in-depth discussion about character and fitness.

    *This session will not be recorded.

    More information can be found here: https://www.wsba.org/for-legal-professionals/join-the-legal-profession-in-wa/rule-9-licensed-legal-interns.

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

  10. WSBA 2020 Open Sections Night
    When: Thursday, February 6, 2020, 5 – 7pm PST
    Where: WSBA, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600
    Seattle, WA
    The Washington State Bar Association cordially invites you to attend the popular Open Sections Night 2020 event. This event connects WSBA members with WSBA Sections. Sections offer a wealth of experience and resources to help members connect with others in the legal profession.

    Location: WSBA Offices, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle
    • Attendees RSVP here by Friday, Jan. 31
    • Section Leaders RSVP here by Friday, Jan. 10

    Email newmembers@wsba.org for questions.
    More Information:  newmembers@wsba.org

  11. Coffee with Counsel 2/7 [Small Networking Event]
    When: Friday, February 7, 2020, 9 – 10am PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    RSVP IN SCS Online

    Practice your networking skills with local attorneys from a variety of practice areas, industries, and settings during Coffee with Counsel sessions hosted by SCS. These small group events will bring different attorneys each week to meet with a small group of students on Friday mornings over coffee.  Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

    Northwest Elder Law Group
    Katie Peterson

    Associate
    Alumni Status: Yes
        J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2017
        B.A., University of Washington, 2014
    Katie Peterson's practice focuses
    practice focuses on estate planning, planning for long term care or incapacity, Medicaid and VA benefits, guardianship, probate and trust administration, and APS investigations. Elder law is a complex field requiring a holistic approach to the legal needs of older adults and their families, which can provide opportunities to routinely engage in facilitated planning, mediation, litigation, and transactional work. Her clients are frequently vulnerable due to age or disability, making her firm's central focus to always ensure that the elder adult is not only protected, but also able to maintain the maximum degree of autonomy and independence. Katie's passion stems from experiences with her own family, early work in the senior care industry, and a desire to support a vulnerable population that is frequently marginalized.
    https://nwelderlaw.com/attorney-profiles/
    Eisenhower Carlson
    Darren Krattli

    Member
    Alumni Status: No
        J.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2002
        B.A., Gonzaga University, 1999, magna cum laude
    Darren Krattli's practice focuses on commercial litigation, particularly in the area of creditors' rights and banking transactions.
    https://www.eisenhowerlaw.com/attorneys/darren-r-krattli
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  12. Career Planning Workshop: Resumes
    When: Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 3 – 3:50pm PST
    Legal Resume

    Did you know that employers spend about 30 seconds on the initial review of a resume?
    That isn't much time to make a great first impression.
    Come get advice from SCS Coaches and learn helpful tips and  tricks to make your resume stand out..in a good way.

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

  13. Judicial Clerkship Q&A: For the Class of 2021
    When: Thursday, February 13, 2020, 12:30 – 1:20pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Let us answer your questions and help you prepare for the next steps of seeking a clerkship.
    Send in questions before the session!
    <Link for questions TBD>

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

  14. Career Planning Workshops: Networking
    When: Thursday, February 13, 2020, 3 – 3:50pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Learn how to develop professional relationships through informal interviews, social media, and in-person opportunities. We’ll provide special tips for introverts and those who don’t think they like networking.

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

  15. Career Planning Workshops: Cover Letter
    When: Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 3 – 3:50pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Writing cover letters doesn’t have to be painful.

    Learn how to determine what the employer is looking for and how to us a cover letter to show that you have it.

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

  16. Coffee with Counsel 2/28 [Small Networking Event]
    When: Friday, February 28, 2020, 9 – 10am PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    RSVP in SCS Online.

    Practice your networking skills with local attorneys from a variety of practice areas, industries, and settings during Coffee with Counsel sessions hosted by SCS. These small group events will bring different attorneys each week to meet with a small group of students on Friday mornings over coffee.  Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

    Joseph Saveri Law Firm
    Kyle Quackenbush
    Member
    Alumni Status: Yes (law school)
        J.D., University of Washington School of Law
        B.S., Political Science, Santa Clara University
        B.A., Spanish Studies, Santa Clara University

    Kyle Quackenbush specializes in class actions and other complex civil litigations, with a focus on antitrust.

    https://saverilawfirm.com/attorneys/kyle-quackenbush/
    Snohomish County Public Defender Association
    Sara Ayoubi
    Attorney Administrator
    Alumni Status: Yes (law school and LL.M.)
        LL.M. (Master of Laws), Asian and Comparative Law, University of Washington School of Law, 2007
        J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2006

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-a-5857a0137/
    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…