The Center for Professional Development & Career Strategy (Career Center) at The George Washington University Law School offers comprehensive career services 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 assigned to each of the six first-year Inns of Court, 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).
Programs: The Career Center maintains an active programming schedule throughout the year. These programs provide an excellent opportunity to network with practicing lawyers who are often GW Law graduates.
The Career Center Website and the GW Law Portal: Comprehensive career planning resources for current students are available on the Career Center website and the GW Law Portal.
Job Listings: 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 to current students and alumni on our web-based job posting and recruiting system, CORE.
Programming for First-Year Students: The Career Center creates programming for 1L students, which includes cover letter and resume writing workshops, information sessions, and panel presentations, including a panel of upper-level students discussing their 1L summer jobs. This programming complements the Inns of Court sessions.
Diversity-Related Opportunities, Job Fairs, Events, and Resources: The GW Law Career Center has dedicated staff to support and enhance the law school experience of all GW Law students, including those from historically underrepresented communities. GW Law participates in the DC Diversity Consortium and, in partnership with three area law schools, hosts an annual 1L Diversity Fair where first-year law students can learn about a variety of diversity-related opportunities for their first summer. The Career Center also connects students with diversity-related scholarships, jobs, and job fairs, and staff is available to advise students about the application process and review application materials for these opportunities. The Career Center also promotes diversity-related events within the law school and broader community and local and national resources that may be of interest to students.
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. The Career Center has developed programming specifically for evening students in the Jay Inn of Court.
LLM Students: LLM students may participate in all services offered by the Career Center. We have designated staff to work directly with LLM students and have developed specific programs specifically for LLM candidates. For international LLM students, the Career Center participates in the New York University International Student Interview Program which is co-sponsored by over 30 law schools.
Public Interest Counseling and Programming: The Career Center works to support student interest in legal opportunities and commitment to careers in the public sector/public interest. The Career Center connects students with public interest and public sector employers through the annual Public Interest Recruiting Program (co-sponsored with the Georgetown University Law Center), the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, which is held annually in Washington, DC, information sessions with employers, and various networking events. GW Law is also a member of PSJD and Equal Justice Works, national organizations providing resources and connecting law students with public interest opportunities worldwide. The Career Center also assists with the administration of grants for summer public interest internships.