Prospective JD Students
The Career Center at the George Washington University Law School offers comprehensive career services to current JD students and recent alumni. The following information is designed to give you a snapshot of the various resources and events offered by the Career Center throughout the year. Prospective students should contact the Admissions office with any questions.
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).
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
Comprehensive career planning resources for current students are updated regularly on our website.
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 job posting and recruiting platform, 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.
To accommodate the unique needs of evening students, the Career Center offers extended hours and flexible scheduling. The Career Center has developed programming specifically for evening students in the Jay Inn of Court.
Public Interest Counseling and Programming
The Career Center works closely with the Field Placement Office, Pro Bono Program, and the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics to support students pursuing public sector and public interest careers. The Career Center connects students with employers through the annual Public Sector Recruiting Program (PSRP), the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, information sessions with employers, and various networking events. GW Law is also a member of PSJD and Equal Justice Works, national organizations that provide resources and connect law students with public interest opportunities worldwide.
Bar Passage and Employment Outcomes
In accordance with ABA Protocols, the Career Center compiles data on the Bar Passage Rates and Employment Statistics of each graduating class.