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.

Employment for Class of 2017

Employment by Type

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

Career & Networking Calendar

See the full calendar of upcoming events.

  1. Antitrust Day at UW Law
    When: Thursday, November 14, 2019, 12:30 – 1:20pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Antitrust enforcement is a central issue in the today’s news and in the 2020 election campaign. The “big tech” companies are under scrutiny as never before, as some politicians and pundits call for their break up. Are we failing to enforce antitrust laws properly? Do we need new laws? What’s the goal of antitrust law?

    If you are interested in any aspect of business law, attendance should be a no-brainer.

    Interested in social policy? Ditto. And if you want free lunch…this is the best deal of the quarter! Hear practicing attorneys talk about antitrust enforcement, the practice of antitrust law in Seattle, and ask provocative questions.

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

  2. 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.

    More info: law-uw.12twenty.com…

  3. UW Law Diversity Fellowship Reception
    When: Thursday, November 14, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    We look forward to partnering with you in your efforts to advance diversity in the legal profession. Bring informational materials to promote your organization’s diversity fellowships to interested law students on campus.

    Cost for employers: $100 per organization, payment can be made via credit card

    STUDENTS: 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.
    More info: cvent.me…

  4. 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…