DC Program Info


Washington D.C. is a hub for legal practitioners practicing in every substantive area, in a diverse array of settings. Previous program participants have interned at law firms, federal agencies, lobbying firms, judicial chambers, and non-profit organizations fighting human trafficking, supporting human rights, and helping foster financial development. No matter your area of interest, there is an opportunity for you to gain solid legal experience in Washington D.C.

Through the Seattle University School of Law's Summer in D.C. Program students completing their first or second year of law school have the opportunity to gain real world legal experience in our nation's capital while completing relevant coursework and making valuable professional connections.  The Externship Program has also identified multiple externship opportunities allowing students the opportunity to gain academic credit through the government, public interest, and judicial placements.   

In addition to the experiential learning component, the Summer in D.C. Program consists of a three credit course on Government Lawyering & Policy.  Students spend the day working at their internship placements and twice a week gather with their classmates for an evening class.  The course is taught by Professor Tom Bondy, Deputy General Counsel with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.   Prior to his current role, Professor Bondy worked for the Department of Justice in the Civil Appellate Division and was responsible for briefing and arguing a wide variety of cases on behalf of the United States in all of the federal courts of appeals, including matters involving the Constitution, anti-terrorism and national security, the False Claims Act, the Federal Tort Claims Act, the Freedom of Information Act, administrative law, and government benefits. Professor Bondy has also participated in briefing numerous cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in conjunction with the Office of the Solicitor General.

The Summer in D.C. Program also offers the opportunity to connect with D.C. legal professionals and Seattle University School of Law alumni residing and practicing in the D.C. area.  Throughout the summer, students have the opportunity to attend and participate in forums and networking programs hosted by a wide variety of organizations, federal agencies, and attorney groups.  The summer program commences with a reception for participating students to meet and network with D.C.-area alumni, and concludes with a thank you reception where students can meet with the organizations hosting other Seattle University students.  Students who are completing summer externships for academic credit in D.C. are also encouraged to participate in all the summer networking events.

Much of the legal and policy work that happens in Washington D.C. can only be experienced in D.C.  Whether you are interested in public policy, considering a post law school career in Washington D.C., or just seeking an engaging academic and challenging work experience, be sure to contact Maureen Roat from Center for Professional Development to learn more about the Summer in D.C. Program.

"Working in Washington D.C. for the summer opened my eyes to the vast number of unique opportunities that cannot be found elsewhere. It is a hard-working, fast-paced city that is filled with interesting people doing very interesting work at positions that are uniquely D.C."
                    - Nick Timchalk, Class of 2015