Career Counseling For LLM Students
The LLM counseling services provided by the Graduate and International Programs office are for all LLM students—both foreign-trained and U.S.-trained—as well as for alumni and current students. We are happy to review your resume and cover letter, conduct mock interviews and informational interviews, discuss networking, and provide general career advice and support. We can meet in person at the Graduate and International Programs office, or over the phone.
All LLM students are required to attend specific labs conducted by the LLM Career Counselor before arranging an appointment. If a student would like to discuss U.S.-style resumes, cover letters, informational interviewing, and job interviewing, they must first attend a lab. These labs will be provided throughout the year. Please see the calendar of upcoming events below.
The Graduate and International Programs office provides presentations specifically for LLM students. These include presentations on optional practical training/curricular practical training (OPT/CPT); the New York University International Student Interview Program (ISIP); bar exam information, focusing on the New York and DC bars; and other relevant programs.
Job Fairs and Interview Programs
The New York University International Student Interview Program (ISIP) is an annual recruiting fair designed solely for foreign-trained lawyers who are LLM students. ISIP is conducted on the campus of New York University in January. The program includes more than 160 employers and more than 1,600 student participants.
GW Law’s Career Center hosts more than 100 on-campus events each year. Please note that although LLM students can attend most of the events hosted by the Career Center, the Career Center cannot control whether the participating employers will be interested in interviewing LLM students. In many instances, only a small fraction of employers in any given program will accept applications from LLM students through the program.
The Career Center maintains an online job bank, called CORE, for GW Law students and alumni. All LLM students will be sent login information for CORE shortly after the start of the fall semester. If you need help accessing CORE, please contact the LLM Counselor.
Through a process called reciprocity, some law schools permit students and graduates of other law schools to visit their career services offices and/or to subscribe to their job boards. Schools that grant reciprocity may offer it only during certain times of the year (typically between December and July). In addition, reciprocity may be offered only for a finite period of a few months or less and other restrictions may be imposed. View GW Law's Reciprocity Policy. To request reciprocity, please contact the Career Center at [email protected] or 202.994.7340.
Westlaw and Lexis Advance
Westlaw and Lexis Advance services remain available to alumni for a limited time after graduation. Please visit the Jacob Burns Law Library’s Database Access page [LINK] for details. Westlaw has a Careers tab, with a number of links to advice on managing your career. Lexis Advance offers extensive online databases for job hunters, including Martindale-Hubbell.
Employers wishing to recruit from the George Washington University Law School’s LLM students should please email [email protected] or call 202.994.9250. We are happy to connect employers to prospective employees.
Senior Law Career Counselor for LLM Students: Melanie Orhant
Melanie Orhant is the Senior Law Career Counselor for LLM students. Before joining GW Law, she worked for numerous nonprofits in the Washington, DC, area, focusing on trafficking in persons, homelessness, and crime victims’ rights. She received an Equal Justice Fellowship, and she started a program providing direct legal services to trafficking survivors in the Washington, DC, area. She lived in Hong Kong and attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In addition, she founded an organization in Hong Kong that provides direct services to women in need. She earned a JD from American University Washington College of Law and a BA from Clark University.
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