CORE: Career Opportunities, Recruiting & Events
CORE is the Career Center's platform for students and alumni to view job listings, participate in on-campus interview programs, RSVP for upcoming events, and schedule advising appointments. You must log into CORE using your GW Law email address and password. If you are having problems logging into CORE, please contact the Career Center.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Counselors
The Career Center is here to help all GW Law students in their professional development and career strategy. Our counselors and staff are specialists in the legal marketplace. Online appointment scheduling is only available for students enrolled at GW Law or for GW Law alumni from the most recent graduating class.
Judicial Clerkships and Internships
The Career Center assists students and alumni who are interested in pursuing judicial internships and post-graduate judicial clerkships.
Judicial clerkships provide important skills and experience for law students after graduation and are considered one of the many prestigious jobs for law school graduates. A judicial clerk works closely with the judge on a daily basis and assists with all aspects of handling his or her caseload. Law clerks usually spend one to two years doing rigorous, supervised legal writing and research, and develop the necessary skills for future legal positions. For most judicial clerks, the clerkship will be their first full-time legal job following graduation, but judges frequently hire law clerks who have been out of law school for a year or more and/or hire graduating students for clerkships to begin one or two years after graduation.
GW Law students and alumni have a strong history of obtaining judicial clerkships, including with the United States Supreme Court. Each year approximately 10% of graduates go on to judicial clerkships, including federal, state, and specialized courts.
Judicial internships are part-time or full-time positions for law student volunteers. Judicial internships provide an important opportunity to learn more about the judicial process before graduation. At times, they can lead to clerkships after graduation. GW Law students can usually receive academic credit for internships through the Field Placement program. Students interested in judicial internships should contact Field Placement to see if they meet certain requirements and to make arrangements in advance. In recent years, approximately 100 first year law students interned for a judge over the summer. On average, about 20 GW students pursue judicial internships every semester.
The Clerkship Team
GW Law recognizes the value of a judicial clerkship to a student's career. The Career Center has counseling and administrative support for students and alumni applying for clerkships:
Julie McLaughlin, Associate Director for Judicial Clerkships (federal clerkships): (202) 994-8594 or [email protected]
Lauren Seffel, Senior Law Career Counselor (state clerkships): (202) 994-9247 or [email protected]
Clerkship Administrative Support, (202) 994-7340 or [email protected]
Julie McLaughlin and Lauren Seffel provide strategic advice and assistance to students and alumni pursuing clerkships, including assessment, developing a targeted list of judges, choosing faculty recommenders, polishing resumes or cover letters, and preparing for interviews. The GW Law Career Center Front Desk Staff provides administrative support to students and alumni by preparing and mailing applications and works with GW Law faculty on letters of recommendation. They also assist individuals using the online system for applying to federal judges known as OSCAR. All of these individuals are located in the Career Center.
Alumni Networking Opportunities
There are many opportunities for students to seek advice and network with the GW Law alumni community during their time at GW Law. Starting with the opportunities for a 1L student, below are the program offerings to GW Law students:
Inns of Court
1L students in the Inns of Court program receive support and guidance from a diverse set of advisors dedicated to enriching their law school experience and enhancing their career opportunities. They also have opportunities to meet with alumni during the weekly sessions.
GW Law Alumni Mentoring Program
The GW Law Mentoring Program is open to 2L and 3L students. The program enables students to communicate with alumni via the software program, MentorCloud. Students provide information in a short onboarding form regarding legal practice areas of interest, geographic preferences, and undergraduate university or college. Afterward, MentorCloud will match interested students to alumni. Eligible students can join the program by emailing their full name and email address to [email protected].
3L students will have the opportunity of joining the GW Law Alumni Community, iModules. The introduction to iModules will give students online access to the GW Law alumni community. Students will familiarize themselves with iModules by attending a formal training session led by the GW Law Office of Alumni Relations and the Student Bar Association.