Don’t miss career fairs coming up this summer


June 20: Should I Help? What to do if you suspect Domestic Violence

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Place: Queen Anne Christian Church

Have you ever been frightened by sounds of neighbors fighting and worried that someone was being harmed?  Do you ever witness interactions between couples that make you feel uncomfortable but you’re not sure how to respond? Are you concerned that someone you care about is in an unhealthy, maybe even abusive, relationship?

You can help stop the cycle of abuse! Attend this quick and easy workshop and walk away with. actions you can immediately put into place if you suspect domestic violence.

Read more and register here.

July 29: Bay Area Diversity Career Fair

Time: All day
Saturday, July 29, 2017, registration now open.
 Hilton San Francisco Financial District, 750 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA

The Bay Area Diversity Career Fair attracts hiring representatives from the most prominent law firms, government legal departments, and nonprofit organizations. Only law students who have completed their first year of law school by the time of the interviews are eligible to participate. Openings are for 2018 2L summer associate positions. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your fellow 1Ls.

Read more and register here.

August 19: NW Minority Job Fair

Time: All day
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Place: Pacifica Law Group, 1191 2nd Avenue, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA 98101-3404

Pacifica Law Group is honored to host the 31st Annual Northwest Minority Job Fair. We are committed to the Fair’s mission of fostering access to employment opportunities for historically underrepresented persons in the practice of law and to provide a networking forum for legal employers and minority law students.

The Northwest Minority Job Fair, sponsored and funded by a consortium of legal sector employers, has brought together private and public law firms committed to promoting diversity for over 30 years. It provides a unique opportunity for employers, law students, and lawyers to connect and match legal talent with law firm opportunities. Last year’s Northwest Minority Job Fair brought together approximately 150 students and 30 law firms/agencies.

Read more and register here.

Interested in Alaska? Alaska Supreme Court Justice visiting UW; Alaska Legal Services Corp. info session

March 6: Alaska Supreme Court Justice Visit, Justice Dan Winfree

Alaska State SealTime: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, March 6, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, MacFarlane Lounge

Come join Justice Dan Winfree of the Alaska Supreme Court for an informal, relaxed coffee-and-cookies session on Monday, March 6, from 3 to 4 pm in the McFarlane Lounge. If you’re applying for clerkships, it’s a great opportunity to chat about what judges look for and what impresses them. If you’re thinking about working in Alaska, it’s a great opportunity to find out about the legal community there. And even if you’re doing neither, judges tend to have fascinating perspectives on legal issues, law school, and careers. (And there’s cookies!) Please RSVP in Symplicity.

March 7: Info session on summer internships at Alaska Legal Services Corporation

revised_alaska_legal_logo-0120web20transp2010-13Time: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 117

Join for a webcast discussion with attorney Sarah Carver from Alaska Legal Services Corporation. Learn about the unique legal needs of low-income, rural communities in AK and internship opportunities for UW Law students. RSVP in Symplicity.



March 23: Sing Into Spring, a karaoke fundraiser to support Fair Work Center 

singintospringTime: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and later
DateThursday, March 23, 2017
Place: The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Whether you love singing for your friends or fear it, we hope you will join us for a fun night to support Fair Work Center. We’ll have a “not so silent” auction, where you can bid to see our special guest singers perform a song for the crowd, as well as other entertaining ways to have some fun and raise some money in support of Fair Work Center. Think you’ve got what it takes to play “karaoke hero” and lead the room in your best rendition of Sweet Caroline!? We hope so and can’t wait to see you at The Royal Room on Thursday, March 23.

Buy tickets here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Sign Up to Learn More About Upcoming Judicial Clerkships!

Are you considering a post-graduate judicial clerkship?


If so, sign up for one of UW Law’s judicial clerkship mailing lists by clicking the link for your class:

Please include your full name to expedite the approval process. We often send information about judicial clerkships to these mailing lists rather than the entire student body.

As you may have heard, some judges begin reviewing applications outside of any established recruiting schedule. We collect this information and share it as often as we can, but it is important for you to also do your own research into courts and judges.

2Ls and 3Ls, we also encourage you to create an account on OSCAR (, which federal judges use to post clerkship information and collect applications.

1Ls will have access to OSCAR later in the school year.

Call for Submissions for the Women’s Human Rights Special Issue of Canadian Woman Studies, Submission Deadline Extended to January 30

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This special double issue of Canadian Woman Studies’ (CWS/cf) will focus on feminist women’s human rights theory and activism as a visionary framework for movement-building and social change, activism and education, considering both the historical trajectory of this movement, current efforts, challenges and debates, as well as possibilities for the future in troubled times. Since a locally-grounded, globally-engaged transnational women’s movement led to the international recognition in the 1990s that women’s rights are human rights, many women from all regions have organized under this shared banner while simultaneously shaping human rights discourse according to their unique and diverse needs, perspectives, and visions for a just world. By using CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (the UN women’s human rights convention), and other international and regional human rights mechanisms, and also by engaging in their broad social justice work from a women’s human rights perspective, feminists have contributed to transformative understandings and analysis of women’s human rights that reflect the diversity of women’s experiences and take into account intersectional discrimination. Indigenous women activists in particular are expanding the understanding of women’s human rights by linking violence against women with struggles for land, water, self-determination, and against transnational corporations and mining companies.

Articles should be typed, double-spaced, and a maximum of 16 pages long (4000 words).  A short (50-word) abstract of the article and a brief biographical note must accompany each submission.

For more information, click here.

Deportation Measures in Action: What Obama’s Enforcement Means for Immigration


By: Washington State Bar Association

U.S. immigration laws contain numerous grounds upon which non-citizens, including green card holders, may be deported back to their country of origin. While deportation laws have largely remained the same over past decades, recent changes to their enforcement have made deportation a key concern for thousands of immigrants and attorneys who serve them in Washington, where 13.5% of the state’s population is foreign-born.

The government outlines priorities for deporting particular immigrants, but the numbers of those deportations are rising regardless. In 2011, 392,000 immigrants were deported from the U.S., but only 48% of those cases were linked to breaking a law inside the country.

Continue reading here.

Clerkships, Fellowship, and Internship Opportunities for Social Justice

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Seeking Program Intern in Spring 2015, Due 1/5/15


U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), a non-governmental, not-for-profit national organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants, seeks interns to provide support to USCRI’s Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (formerly the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children). Our office is located in Crystal City, part of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

The Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (ICLP) assists undocumented immigrant children ages 0-18 who are in removal proceedings. ICLP screens children for eligibility for legal relief from deportation; recruits and trains volunteer attorneys; and matches children with attorneys.

For more information on the internship, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Applications Now Open, Due 1/9/15

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The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its Summer 2015 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 3. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted December 1, 2014, in accordance with NALP guidelines. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year diverse law students. Screening interviews will begin in December and will continue through the application process.  The first 500 applicants will be guaranteed at least one interview.

Please review detailed program information or frequently asked questions prior to applying to the program. Students do not need to be an ABA member to apply, however they will be required to join the ABA and the Section of Litigation if selected to the program.   Applications must be submitted by the January 9, 2015 deadline. Screening interviews will be used to better determine student qualifications.  Screening interviews will begin in December and will continue through the application process.  The first 500 applicants will be guaranteed at least one interview.  Additional applicants will be interviewed on an as needed basis.  We will make every attempt to interview students where they attend school and in person.  Students will be contacted by their assigned screener to set up the interview.

Only qualified students will be sent on for judicial interviews.  Students will be notified when they are sent on for a judicial interview.  Judicial interviews will continue until all positions are filled.  All applicants will be notified when the program or certain locations have closed for the year and all positions are filled.

The program is only open to students who have not previously participated as an intern in the program. 

For more information, click here.

Clerkship Opportunities with Institute for Justice, Preferred Submissions Before 1/9/15

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The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is currently hiring for spring and summer clerkships.  Clerkships are a great way to get a foot in the door at IJ and make direct contributions to cutting-edge public interest litigation.  Clerks are an integral part of our team—we rely on them for help with our current casework in addition to legal research that will factor into our strategic litigation for years to come.

The application for our highly-competitive summer clerkship is live now.  Students are encouraged to apply well before the January 9th deadline.  We’ll begin interviews in early January with rolling offers until all positions are filled.  The clerkships last for 10 weeks.

Is your law school near our headquarters office in Arlington, Virginia or one of our chapter offices in Bellevue, Tempe, Austin, Minneapolis, or Miami?  Our limited number of spring clerkship positions offer students the unique opportunity to work closely with our attorneys on a flexible schedule 15-20 hours per week.  We’re accepting applications now and will conduct interviews through mid-December.

To apply, and for more information about all of our student opportunities, click here.

Attention 1Ls! Public Counsel Now Accepting Summer 2015 Clerkship Applications


For law students who want to spend their summer practicing law in one of the country’s most prestigious public interest law settings – this opportunity is for you!

Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm, is now accepting applications from 2L’s for its 2015 Summer Clerkship Program. Applications from 1L’s will be accepted beginning December 1, 2014. Any questions regarding the summer program should be directed to Public Counsel Summer Program Coordinator, Sandra Madera.

For complete information on the summer program, including how to apply for a clerkship, interested students should visit Public Counsel’s 2015 Summer Clerkship Application page here

Public Knowledge Seeking Summer Law Clerks, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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Public Knowledge is a nonprofit technology policy organization. Public Knowledge promotes freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works. We challenge barriers to people’s rights to fairly create, access, own, and use innovative technologies by providing resources to policy makers and the public.

Public Knowledge is currently hiring summer law clerks for 2015. Applicants must be current law students. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in public interest technology policy, including issues arising under telecommunications, copyright, patent, privacy, and international law.

Public Knowledge is committed to ensuring that all interns are compensated for their work. We will work with exceptional candidates who do not receive funding from their schools to help secure alternate third-party sources of summer funding.

For more information, click here.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State Seeking Constitutional Litigation Intern for Summer 2015, Due 1/15/15

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Americans United for Separation of Church and State – the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization – is seeking first-year, second-year, and third-year law students to work as interns in our legal department in Washington, D.C. Full-time positions are available during the summer; both part-time and full-time positions are available during the fall and spring.

Americans United has a diverse litigation and amicus curiae practice addressing a wide variety of church-state issues. We challenge religious activities in the public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored prayers and religious displays. We defend women’s, LGBT, and other civil rights against religion-based discrimination and deprivation. Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues.

The duties of legal interns include assisting with ongoing litigation by conducting legal and factual research and writing; drafting demand letters to resolve constitutional violations without filing suit; and analyzing potential new cases. Legal interns may also draft pleadings, briefs, or discovery.

For more information, click here.

Sierra Club in Portland, Oregon Seeking Chapter Director

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Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we’ve made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

The Chapter Director, implements policies and programs adopted by the Chapter Executive Committee.  Manages the staff budget and operations of more than one of the following operational areas: conservation and legislative program, fundraising, volunteer development and member services, budgeting and financial management, and media relations.

For more information, click here.

Legal Foundation of Washington Seeking Education Director, Open Until Filled

The Legal Foundation of Washington (LFW) seeks an Education Director to staff the Equal Justice Coalition and support our efforts to maintain and increase public funding for civil legal aid at the federal, state and local levels. The Education Director works closely with the Access to Justice Board, a core workgroup, an advisory council, stakeholder organizations, and more than 3000 friends of equal justice that include lawyers, judges, community leaders, law students and members of the public committed to making equal justice for all a reality in Washington state.

The Education Director educates the public, elected officials and the media about the importance of civil legal aid for low-income people. The Education Director works closely with key partners, stakeholders and our Olympia-based lobbying team to develop and implement communication strategies, education efforts, and media outreach to preserve and increase funding for civil legal aid in Washington. The work is challenging and fast-paced, and requires someone who works well both on a team and independently.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls! American Constitution Society Seeking 2015-2016 Law Fellow


The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) seeks a talented recent law school graduate to fill a position in ACS’s national headquarters. The Fellowship will begin in September 2015 and end in August 2016. The Fellow will serve as part of ACS’s Department of Policy Development and Programming staff, which is led by a group of experienced attorneys who coordinate and facilitate ACS’s rapidly expanding output of innovative, highly relevant legal and public policy work. He or she will work with the Department staff to implement an ambitious multi-year effort to engage scholars, practitioners, public officials, and law students in the articulation and dissemination of a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to work on a range of progressive issues that are reflective of the ACS Issue Groups, which include Access to Justice; Criminal Justice; Economic, Workplace and Environmental Regulation; First Amendment; Separation of Powers and Federalism; Constitutional Interpretation and Change; Democracy and Voting; Equality and Liberty; and Judicial Nominations.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! National Lawyers Guild Offering 2015 Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice, Due 1/12/15

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The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the NLG’s tradition of “people’s lawyering.” The program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. Burns Fellowships provoke law students to question traditional notions of how one must practice law and to provide a summer experience that will enrich and challenge them.

Over the years, the Summer Projects program has expanded to place hundreds of students with public interest organizations working to protect and further the civil rights of oppressed people in the United States. Although providing legal work under the direction of their attorney-organizers is important, the primary mission of the summer projects is to strengthen each student’s long-term commitment to promote justice and equality. Fellows have worked with groups to provide legal, political, and educational support on a wide variety of issues, including voting rights; union democracy; workplace health and safety; the death penalty and prison reform; lesbian/gay/bisexual/trans rights; defense of protesters from police harassment and criminal sanctions; and international human rights.

For more information, click here.

Competency Training Tomorrow, Health Externships, and Important Info for Clerkships

TOMORROW! Working Towards Cultural & Cross Difference Competent Legal Assistance

YLDWednesday, February 20, 3:30-5:20pm, Room 138

A joint training provided by the Clinical Law Program and Pro Bono Honors Program.

The goals of this training are to:

  1. Raise awareness on how assumptions, prejudice and bias affects our ability to provide competent legal assistance; and
  2. develop greater sensitivity to a variety of social, economic, and cultural differences between ourselves and our clients.

This is a required training for students interested in participating in the Pro Bono Honors Program and select clinical courses. Please contact your clinical law professor to confirm whether you are required to attend. All are welcome. Live attendance strongly encouraged. Contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld for podcast information.

Attended last year’s training? We encourage you to attend again. We make changes to this training every year to make it more relevant and useful to all students. Attendance is still required to fulfill the Pro Bono Honors Program requirements.

To prepare for this training please:

  1. Complete: Harvard Implicit Bias Test (you do not have to discuss your results)
  2. Eead: Sue Bryant, The Five Habits:  Building Cross-Cultural Competence in Lawyers, 8 Clin. L. Rev. 33, 64-99 (2001) (Article aimed at clinical teachers; assigned pages describe a recommended methodology for students/lawyers to build cross-cultural competence.);
  3. Read: Nelson P. Miller, Beyond Bias—Cultural Competence as a Lawyer Skill, Mich. B. J., June 2008 at 38 (PDF here).

Externships in Health Law Available Throughout the Year

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Multicare Health System has opportunities for students to work year-round as externs or as work study/interns.  Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

There are a minimum of two (2) externship positions available each quarter / semester. MHS will consider applicants interested in an unpaid internship experience or work study. While the work varies, our externs/interns support six attorneys who provide guidance to the entire $1.3B system on matters ranging from General Health Law to topics such as Corporate Compliance, Employment and Immigration, Stark, Anti-Kickback, Fraud & Abuse, Human Subjects Research, Privacy & Confidentiality, Sarbanes-Oxley, etc.

MultiCare Health System is recognized as the 4th Best Integrated Healthcare Delivery Network in the United States and is the largest network in Western Washington. MultiCare Health System is a nonprofit corporation which operates four acute care hospitals (Tacoma General, Allenmore, Good Samaritan and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center), together with several dozen outpatient clinics, pharmacies, laboratories, and ancillary services such as employment screening, home health and home infusion. MultiCare employs approximately 8,500 individuals in Pierce and King Counties.

Students will be exposed to a variety of health law issues, research projects and committee functions and will have an opportunity to view health law activities from the perspective of in-house counsel. Students will perform research (primarily literature surveys, internet-based research, and some case-law research) on a variety of day-to-day matters that routinely involve one or more of MultiCare’s six in-house attorneys. Students will be assigned direct reporting to one attorney, with matrix reporting to others as needed. They will likely have some contact with outside attorneys on specific projects and there is the opportunity for extensive client contact.

To apply, submit a cover letter, unofficial transcript, and a 3-5 page writing sample.  The cover letters should describe your interest in health law and what you would expect to gain from an externship at Multicare and be addressed to:

Aimee D Brice
315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
MS: 222J-1-LEG
Tacoma, Washington 98415
United States

Summer Quarter

Applications due Friday, March 8, 2013.

The legal department of Providence Health & Services and Swedish Health Services is considering candidates for a summer intern in their Seattle offices.  All candidates must have completed at least their first year of law school.  A strong preference will be given for law students with a demonstrated interest in health law (for example completion of an introduction to health law course or relevant experience in the health care field).  This is an unpaid position and a strong preference will be given for a student who will be able to receive academic credit for the internship/externship.  Candidates should submit resume and cover letter by Friday, March 8, 2013 to the attention of Katherine Van Maren care of Terry Shahrivar at to be considered.  The successful candidate must pass a background check and drug screening.

Cover letters should be addressed to:

Katherine Van Maren
Department of Legal Affairs
Providence Health & Services and Swedish Health Services
747 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

Autumn and Winter Quarters

Applications due Friday, March 8, 2013.

Seattle Children’s has externship opportunities for students in the Autumn and Winter Quarters of the 2013-14 academic year.

Seattle Children’s is ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report.  Seattle Children’s consists of Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Together, we deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and serve as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho — the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country.

Students will be exposed to a variety of health law issues including health reform, intellectual property and patient care. Students will perform research and writing memoranda on a variety of day-to-day matters that routinely involve the legal department as well as drafting actual working documents when appropriate.  Students will be assigned direct reporting to the Senior Vice President or Associate General Counsel.  They will likely have some contact with outside attorneys on specific projects and there is the opportunity for extensive client contact.

To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest to by Friday, March 8, 2013.

Cover letters should be addressed to:

Jeff Sconyers
Senior VP & General Counsel
Seattle Children’s Hospital
P.O. Box 5371
Seattle, WA 98145-5005

Applying for a Judicial Clerkship? Must-Read Information for 2Ls

Please read important information about guidelines, timelines, and upcoming deadlines for applying to judicial clerkships.