The Center for Professional Development & Career Strategy (Career Center) at The George Washington University Law School offers comprehensive career services designed to assist students and alumni connect with potential employers.
Staff: The career counselors in the Career Center collectively represent over 80 years in legal and counseling professions. The counselors are all trained, licensed attorneys, and are assigned to each of the six first-year sections, which they follow throughout the three or four years of law school.
Individualized Career Counseling: Career Center counselors meet individually with hundreds of students and alumni each year to assist in all aspects of the career development and job search process. Counseling takes many forms and includes "basic tools" preparation (resumes, cover letters, application procedures, etc.), employment market insight (career options, interpreting organizational research, and job-search strategy), and personal career counseling (self-assessment, skills recognition, and development).
Skills Training and Practice Area Programs: The Career Center maintains an active programming schedule throughout the year. Practice area programs provide an excellent opportunity to network with practicing lawyers who are often GW Law School graduates.
Career Resource Library: Our Resource Library collection includes hundreds of resources that include general information on legal career planning, employer profiles, and prospective employer contact information.
The Career Center and the GW Law Portal: The Career Center website on the GW Law Portal is updated on a regular basis, and provides information on interviewing programs, the latest Noteworthy newsletter, Career Center handouts, and more than 100 links to other career-related websites.
Job Postings: Opportunities include summer positions, part-time jobs during the academic year, experienced lawyer positions, full-time positions for evening division students, entry-level attorney positions, judicial clerkships, internships, and teaching opportunities. Job vacancies are updated daily and the listings are available 24 hours a day through our web-based job posting and recruiting system, Symplicity.
Programming for First-Year Students: The Career Center creates programming for 1L students, which includes cover letter and resume writing workshops, speakers, alumni presentations, and a panel of upper-level students discussing their 1L summer jobs.
Diversity Events and Programs: Minority students are served through a variety of programs and career fairs that take place throughout the year. The Law School participates in several annual job fairs for our diverse student body.
Evening Students: To accommodate the unique needs of evening students, the Career Center offers extended hours and flexible scheduling. We have a career counselor to serve evening students several nights a week, and occasionally on Saturdays as needed. The Career Center has developed programming specifically for evening students.
LL.M. Students: LL.M. students are invited to participate in all services offered by the Career Center. We have designated staff to work directly with LL.M. students, and have developed specific programs specifically for LL.M. candidates. For international LL.M. students, the Career Center participates in the New York University International Student Interview Program which is co-sponsored by 30 schools.
Alumni Career Advisor Network: With over 18,000 living alumni, GW Law can assist in connecting students with graduates in virtually every legal practice and geographic area. Through networking and informational interviewing with GW Law graduates, students can investigate employers, employment trends, and alternative career options.
Public Interest Initiatives: Through a number of initiatives, the Career Center works to create an atmosphere of support, validation, and increased knowledge of public interest employment opportunities. GW Law is a member of PSLawNet, an online service that links law students with public interest opportunities worldwide. The Career Center facilitates student interviews with public interest employers through the annual Public Interest Recruiting Program (co-sponsored with the Georgetown University Law Center), Government Internship Fair, and the Equal Justice Works Career Fair, which is held annually in Washington, DC. The public interest counselor also serves as the pro bono liaison and assists students in identifying pro bono opportunities.
Public Interest Summer Funding/Loan Reimbursement Assistance Program: The Career Center participates in the faculty and student committee that administers summer subsidies, school-year fellowships, and loan reimbursement assistance. The Career Center also publicizes sources of funding outside the Law School.