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Recruiting at GW Law

The GW Law Career Center offers a variety of networking events and interview programs to connect prospective employers with our talented law students. Employers may engage with our students through our 100% pre-screened interview programs, job postings and resume collections, or by attending one of our signature networking events. We encourage you to contact us at 202.994.7340 or [email protected] to discuss which programs best fit your recruiting strategy.

Post a job vacancy for free online using CORE.


The George Washington University Law School Recruiting Guidelines

The George Washington University Law School has adopted the following policies for the 2019 recruiting season, in light of the new NALP Principles and Standards for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process (the “New Principles) that took effect on December 12, 2018.

Among other things, the New Principles rescind the General Standards for the Timing of Offers and Decisions that had constituted Part V of the NALP Principles and Standards for Law Placement and Recruitment Activities (the “Old Principles”) and encourage each law school to issue its own guidelines to ensure a fair and ethical recruitment process for students and employers.

Accordingly, we have adopted, on an interim basis, GW Law School’s Recruiting Guidelines, as follows:

  1. The new NALP Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process; supplemented by
  2. The former guidelines from NALP’s General Standards for the Timing of Offers and Decisions (Part Vprior to their elimination on December 12, 2018.

The George Washington University Law School is committed to working with employers to maximize employment opportunities for GW Law students and to supporting our students in making well-informed employment decisions. As in past years, we will continue our policy of providing 100% pre-screening for our recruiting programs.

It is in the best interests of employers and students, whenever possible, for employers to allow students adequate time to evaluate their employment options. Employers should not exert undue pressure or inducements to accept offers early. For example, we consider “exploding offers” to be “unreasonable” under NALP Principles and our guidelines.

We recognize that due to firm or office size, employers may require flexibility on the offer acceptance period. Employers should nonetheless follow a reasonableness standard in the offer process and may contact the Career Center for guidance, as needed.

Regarding Part V.D.2 of the Old Principles, we do not prohibit employers from posting positions for or contacting first semester 1Ls. However, we ask employers to respect that 1Ls should be focused on their studies in the first semester of law school. In most instances, the 1L summer job search process should not begin until the conclusion of first semester exams.

The goal of the Career Center is for our students to have a productive and positive recruiting experience. All employers who participate in our interview programs are required to agree to our Non-Discrimination Policy. Participation in any GW Law School recruiting program or posting a job opening at GW Law indicates acceptance of the GW Law School non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies.


Recruiting Programs and Events

The On-Campus Interview (OCI) program connects legal employers who are recruiting for summer and/or permanent positions with GW Law’s talented 2L and 3L students. While the majority of employer participants are large law firms; other employers represented include government agencies, public interest and legal services offices, and district attorneys' offices.   

Over 300 employers recruit at GW Law each year through on-campus interviews (OCI), regional interview programs, and online resume collections. More than 600 law students participate in OCI, generating upwards of 3,000 interviews. 

Employers unable to attend on-campus or regional interview programs can utilize our Job Listings. Through these listings, employers have the flexibility to set their own deadlines, retrieve application materials at their convenience and contact students directly to coordinate interviews at their office.

Below you will find more information and registration instructions for this year's programs. Should you require further information, please contact Liza Ramirez by email or at 202.994.7340.


On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program

  • Session 1: August 3-6, 2020 | The Westin Georgetown
  • Session 2: August 10-28, 2020 | GW Law Career Center or Employers’ Offices

This signature program is promoted throughout the summer to our 2L and 3L students, providing your job openings with the highest level of visibility. The Career Center will collect student resumes, you will preselect your interview candidates, and we will coordinate your interview schedule.


Regional Interview Programs

GW Law hosts an exclusive off-campus interview program in New York on July 27, 2020. Enjoy the convenience of participating in a local program while meeting students who have a demonstrated interest in working in New York.


Registration

Registration will open in early March, 2020. Please follow these instructions to register for OCI or New York programs:

  1. Log into CORE*.
  2. Click "Register for OCI"
  3. Next to "OCI Round", select the recruitment program of your choice.
  4. Complete the registration form, providing a minimum of three acceptable interview dates.  We will make every effort to accommodate your first choice, however availability is limited. Click “Register”.
  5. You will then be prompted to post a Job Listing. Please complete the job listing form and click “Submit for Approval”. Your opportunity will not be visible to students until you complete this step.

*Your CORE username is the email address associated with your CORE account. If you have forgotten your password, click the "Forgot Password" button. If you do not have a CORE account, click "Sign Up" or contact us at 202-994-7340.


The Law Consortium Regional Interview Programs

GW Law is also a member of The Law Consortium; a group of top-ranked law schools that hosts interview programs in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco. If your firm or organization is interested in participating in one of these programs, please visit The Law Consortium for further information and registration. If you have questions, please contact the coordinator for your region of interest.

*Note: The Law Consortium also sponsors a Washington, DC Regional Interview Program that is separate from GW Law's Washington, DC On-Campus Interview Programs. To interview GW Law students in Washington employers must register through the GW Law programs


Job Listings

Employers who prefer the flexibility to collect applications on their own timeline can create a Job Listing.  These postings allow employers set their own deadlines and retrieve application materials at their convenience. Log into CORE and click "Post a Job". 


Make Room for Equal Justice

GW Law encourages employers to participate in the Make Room for Equal Justice Program. The program allows employers to donate $150 to the Equal Justice Foundation on behalf of call-back candidates (students) who elect to forego hotel accommodations provided by the employer if travel is required for a second interview. Employers may register by completing the EJF hotel voucher form [pdf], and emailing it to Katie White, Director of Employer Outreach.

GW Law hosts a variety of networking programs throughout the year to connect employers with our various student groups. These annual programs are a great opportunity to meet our students in a more informal environment, identify talent, and build your brand on campus.

  • Practice Area Expo | Friday, November 15, 2019, 3-5 pm

  • Intellectual Property Networking Reception | Thursday, February 13, 2020, 5-7 pm

To learn more about any of these programs, contact the Career Center.

The GW Law Career Center and the Georgetown University Law Center collaborate to host our annual Public Sector Recruiting Program (PSRP). This program allows public interest organizations, government agencies, and legal services offices to meet and interview students from both law schools. This year's program will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020 at the George Washington University Marvin Center.

Employers may participate in PSRP by conducting on-site interviews, participating in an online resume collection, and/or by attending the "Table Talk" networking event.

Employer registration is managed by Georgetown Law's Office of Public Interest and Community Service (OPICS). Employers may register for PSRP online or by calling OPICS at 202.662.9655. Employer registration begins in November.


Non-Discrimination Policy 

GW Law is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion among all students, faculty, and staff. We believe that diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence, and the advancement of knowledge and we maintain a deep commitment to fostering a diverse community in which all students, staff, and faculty learn and work in an atmosphere of inclusion and respect.

The George Washington University does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on any basis prohibited by federal law, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, or other applicable law, including without limitation, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or familial status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the university, including admission to education programs and employment.

Current government policy prohibiting members of the transgender community from serving in the military is antithetical to the Law School’s commitment to maintaining a diverse community free from discrimination. Federal law, more specifically, the Solomon Amendment, however, allows the federal government to terminate federal funding if military recruiters are not permitted to recruit on campuses of those institutions, like GW, which receive federal funds. In other words, not allowing military recruiters at GW Law interview programs would jeopardize all federal funds received by GW. While GW Law honors those in our community who have chosen or will choose to engage in military service, it condemns the government’s current prohibition on transgendered individuals serving in the military. Our decision to allow military recruiters at our interview programs is in no way an endorsement of this policy.

The GW Law School Career Center requires employers who post jobs or participate in any GW Law recruitment program to abide by the university's Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment and Non-Retaliation Policy. In addition, consistent with the new NALP Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process, employers who participate in GW Law's recruitment programs must ensure that recruiters and interviewers have training to avoid bias, discrimination, and harassment in the recruiting process.

GW Law strives to foster a recruitment environment free from discrimination and harassment. Students should report any violations of our recruiting policies or issues related to discrimination or harassment in the recruiting process to Katherine White, Director of Employer Outreach and Recruitment. Additional resources may be found in the university’s Sexual and Gender Based Harassment Policy. If you have any questions about this policy please direct them to the university’s Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, who also serves as the university’s Title IX Coordinator, at (202) 994-7440 or via email at [email protected]