Hiring

Seattle University School of Law trains students in practical legal skills, enabling them to quickly get up to speed and substantively contribute to your firm’s practice. We have the number one legal writing program in the country as well as an emphasis on client counseling and oral advocacy.

Whether you are looking for a summer clerk, a student to do research and writing projects during the school year, or a full-time hire, we can help facilitate the process. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bahareh Samanian at 206.398.4034 or samaniab@seattleu.edu.

The 5-Step Hiring Process

  1. Post a Job
    The staff at Seattle University School of Law's Center for Professional Development (CPD) can post job openings for you. CPD uses a web-based job posting network (Symplicity.com). All SU Law students and alumni have access to the posted information. Symplicity gives employers an efficient way to reach a large applicant pool.
  2. Review Resumes
    You may elect to receive resumes directly from the students, or you may request that CPD collect the resumes and forward them to you.
    Please tell us if you want resumes prescreened for specific criteria (e.g., class year or coursework) established by you.
  3. Conduct Interviews
    You may choose to hold interviews in your office or in a dedicated room at the Law School. If you would like CPD to schedule interviews for you, we will do that.
  4. Agree Upon Work Hours and Wage Rates
    Full-time law students may work up to 20 hours per week per ABA rules, or 19 hours if the employer seeks State Work Study reimbursement. In the Seattle area, 2L and 3L law student hourly rates tend to fall in the $16 - $30 range. There is no requirement to pay within that range, and you may choose to offer a different rate depending on the work, the experience sought and your budgetary circumstances.
  5. Arrange for State Work Study Reimbursement (if applicable)
    State Work Study is a form of financial aid that allows a student to work part-time in his or her field of study and then reimburses the employer up to 65% of a student's wages. Both private and public employers are eligible for work study reimbursement up to the award amount. A student can tell you if he or she is work-study eligible. Hiring a State Work Study student is similar to all other hiring, with a couple of additional steps. If you plan to hire a work study-eligible student, let CPD know and we will get the paperwork underway.

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