Hiring Programs & Job Fairs

Hiring Programs at Seattle University School of Law

On-Campus Interviewing Programs

CPD's On-Campus Interviewing Programs invite potential employers to campus to interview current students for summer and post-graduate positions. Fall OCI primarily focuses on 2L summer positions with local public and private employers. Spring OCI focuses on small and mid-sized law firms and companies seeking 1L, 2L, or 3L students for summer and post-graduate positions.

Northwest Public Service Career Fair

Friday, February 3, 2017, Seattle University
Regional law schools participate in this full day of interviews that includes employers such as Disability Rights Washington, the Federal Public Defender, the Seattle City Attorney's Office, and many more! The fair is held annually at Seattle University. To see a full list of past employer participants, visit Lewis & Clark Law School's career fairs page.

Diversity Fellowship Programs

Individual Law Firm 1L / 2L Diversity Fellowship Programs (with local employers)

Several law firms sponsor 1L Diversity summer positions. Each program includes a paid position for the summer, and some also include a fellowship/scholarship. These programs aim to diversify the legal profession. The 2017 quick reference guide contains more information about firms, application requirements, and deadlines.

Eight local law firms will participate in the 1L Diversity Fellowship Reception on November 16, 2016, 5:00-6:30pm, in the 2nd Floor Gallery. See attached reference guide for details.

Legal Employers Advancing Diversity in Washington Fellowship Program (for 1Ls with local law firms and companies)

Legal Employers Advancing Diversity in Washington ("LEAD-WA") was established by the Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program ("PSAMFP") Board, to provide opportunities for traditionally underrepresented law students in Washington. Students from Seattle University, University of Washington, and Gonzaga law schools participate. Complete application instructions are included in the program description.

Employer members of the LEAD-WA Fellowship Program will be on campus for an information session on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 5:00-6:30pm, in Room C1.

National Diversity Fellowship Programs

A directory of NALP Member Diversity Initiative programs.

Federal Government Hiring Programs

Federal Honors Programs

More than 100 fall, spring, and summer internships as well as post-graduate positions are available with federal government agencies through this program. Students can access more information about federal government positions through the Arizona Handbooks. Please contact CPD for login information.  For more information on federal employment opportunities, please visit our Government and Public Interest page

Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)

PMF is the premier program for leadership development in the Federal civil service providing up to two-year fully-paid, post-graduate Federal Government fellowships. Applications are submitted by students in their 3L year.

Job Fairs

Below is a sampling of job fairs (thia is not an exhaustive list) 

Northwest Minority Job Fair 
August 27 2016, Seattle, WA
The Northwest Minority Job Fair's mission is to foster access to employment opportunities for historically underrepresented persons in the practice of law and provide a networking forum for legal employers and minority law students.  Any law school student can participate.  Student registration is due July 22.

Bay Area Diversity Career Fair
June 22-23 2016, San Francisco, CA
Sponsored by Orrick Herrington & Sutcliff and the Bar Association of San Francisco, this career fair brings together law firms, government legal departments, and nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area with diverse law students the summer before their 2L year.  More than 100 students from across the country interview with more than 50 participating employers.  Student registration is due June 12. 

The Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair
July 29 2016, Denver, CO
The Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair provides an excellent forum for legal employers, law students and law school graduates to meet and discuss employment options with the goal of expanding opportunities and assisting the legal profession in fulfilling its commitment to diversity.  Legal employers attending the RMDLCF seek to hire law students and graduates from diverse backgrounds who have been traditionally under-represented in the practice of law in the Rocky Mountain region.  These include candidates who are ethnic or racial minorities, disabled, and/or gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer or transgender. Student registration is due June 10. 

Sunbelt Minority Career Fair
July 29 2016, Dallas, TX
The Sunbelt Minority Recruitment Program seeks to provide job access opportunities to students and recent graduates who may be otherwise at risk of being underserved.  Participants include those of racial, ethnic, national origin, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, and religious diversity.  For more information about dates and deadlines, please go here

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
August 6 2016, Kansas City, MO
The primary purpose of the Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) is to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the practice of law in Kansas City.  The founders and organizers of the HDLJF strongly believe that the inclusion of diversity in its many facets, including, without limitation, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, marital status, age and veteran status, enriches us all.  All 2L (Graduating in 2018) and 3L (Graduating in 2017) Law Students and Recent Law Grads (Graduating in 2016) are invited to participate.  Student Registration due June 24.

Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair
September 9 2016, Chicago, IL
The HNBA Career Fair is open to all students and attorneys looking to make contacts and lateral moves.  This signature HNBA program will provide an unparalleled opportunity to meet and interview with some of the nation's most respected law firms, companies, organizations and government agencies.  The HNBA Career Fair is a unique and cost-effectice way to enter the workforce or advance your career.  Student registration is due July 15.

National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) National Jobs Fair 
July 10-16 2016, St. Louis, MO
The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) is one of the nation's largest student-run organizations of its kind, representing thousands of minority law students from more than 200 chapters and affiliates throughout six countries.  NLBSA hosts several regional job fairs across the country in August and September. The next job fair will be held in St. Louis from July 10-16th.  Student registration is due June 24.

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair
August 1-2 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana
The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair seeks DIVERSE candidates representing aspects of diversity who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm.  We cordially invite fall 2016 full-time 2L students (graduating May 2018) or part-time 2L and 3L (graduating Dec. 2018/May 2019) to participate in the 2016 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair to be held August 1-2.  Student registration is due June 18.

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair
October 28-29 2016, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area
The Equal Justice Works annual fair is the largest national public interest career fair in the country.  More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities.  Public interest employers conduct interviews for summer internships and post-graduate positions.  Employers also meet with students for "table talk" settings to discuss public interest opportunities.  Student registration runs August 15 through September 14.

Lavender Law Conference
August 4-6 2016, New York, NY
Each year, the National LGBT Bar Association brings together law students and legal professionals in the LGBT community.  The National LGBT Bar Association's annual Lavender Law® Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession's recruiting efforts.  By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and corporate legal departments.  Pre-registration closes July 22.