Throughout the year, the Center for Professional Development organizes trainings, panel discussions, and networking receptions that will assist in developing effective professional skills as well as provide opportunities to build your network in the legal community. These programs provide a perfect compliment to your classroom learning, supplying practical information that you'll use throughout your career.

The events focus on helping you decide on a suitable practice area and career path as well as facilitate access to practicing attorneys who can serve as valuable resources and mentors. The skill based training focuses on training students to be excellent networkers, interviewers, and leaders in the profession.

Seminars and CPD Information Sessions

Fall OCI Information Session

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Noon in room 109

In the fall, firms and organizations come to campus to interview mostly 2Ls and some 3Ls for summer and full-time positions.  The information session will briefly introduce the process of applying for firms through Simplicity, discuss how to properly prepare, and answer any questions you may have. If you are considering participating in OCI, please make sure to attend the session.

OCI is an excellent way for rising 2Ls to apply for summer associate and law clerk positions for summer 2015 and for rising 3Ls to apply for post-grad jobs. Evening and joint JD students, you may apply to OCI employers as a rising 2L in both your 2 and 3L year, and for post-grad positions when you're a rising 4L. There are firm and government opportunities available, so please review the OCI information on Symplicity, which will be open for student viewing on Monday, June 29.

At the session, we will cover tips for your application materials, the mechanics of how to submit applications through Symplicity (OCI applications are completed online), and an overview of the "bidding" and interview process. The OCI process is competitive, so planning ahead will help give you an edge!

Important dates to remember:
June 29 - view participating employers
July 13 -  applications open
Session 1 = August 10-14
Session 2 = August 17-21
Session 3 = August 24-29

Job Search Strategies Seminar for 3Ls and Recent Grads

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Noon in room 110; 5:00 p.m. in room 309

This will be a helpful refresher on networking and job search tips, and will also cover new material on how to best take advantage of membership in local bar associations and professional organizations. RSVP in Symplicity. Light snacks will be provided.

Interviewing Skills Seminar

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
5:30 p.m. in room 109

In this seminar, you will learn the principles of effective interviewing, including how to prepare, crafting strong answers that highlight your capabilities and experiences, and things to think about when formulating questions that you will be asking of your interviewer. 

We will provide strategies for tackling difficult interview questions (including those tricky behavioral interviewing questions), tips on how to answer the ubiquitous "Tell me about yourself" interview opener, ideas for crafting great questions for your interviewers, and more. We look forward to seeing you there. Light snacks provided.

Mock Interview Program

Saturday, February 28, 2015; 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015; 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Practicing attorneys in a variety of fields will be on campus to do mock interviews and provide individual feedback. This is a great opportunity to network and practice your interview skills with attorneys in a non-competitive, no-stress atmosphere. Students will be paired with an alumni practitioner for a practice interview. Students will prepare for it as if he/she were interviewing for a real position with the practitioner's firm, organization, or governmental agency. The interview will last 20 minutes and will be followed by 10 minutes of feedback.

Please send your RSVP to Junsen Ohno at Include in the RSVP a copy of your resume, your area of interest, and your date/time preference. We will do our best to accommodate your requested time slot and interest area.

Finding a Public Interest Job

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Noon in room 109

The public interest arena is a vastly rich and varied legal avenue. Whether you have a firm idea of what you want to do in serving the public good, or are exploring your options, this seminar will give you information in determining what is right for you and how you can pursue that career path. Particularly covered in this seminar are methods of navigating the competitive landscape of public interest jobs and fellowships, ideas for experiences to pursue today so you are a competitive candidate in the future, and an overview of fellowships and the fellowship application process. Please reserve your spot to attend a seminar by signing up in Symplicity.

Finding a Government Job

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Noon in room 109

This seminar will prepare you to apply for jobs at all levels of the government. We will discuss how to find positions with the federal government as well as city, county, and state governments. We will also give suggestions and tips of drafting compelling application materials and targeted cover letters, crafting a persuasive federal resume, and developing a helpful and effective legal network. At the end of the hour, you will be ready to land a job in public service! Please reserve your spot to attend this seminar by signing up in Symplicity or by emailing Junsen Ohno (  

Networking Seminar

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
5:00 p.m. in room C5

Networking is a critical part of your job search. You can learn about specific job opportunities, meet people who have career paths that inspire you, and learn about a particular practice area. In this seminar, CPD will address the importance of networking, environments in which networking is appropriate and fruitful, and ways that you can effectively and efficiently continue building your professional network. Please RSVP by signing up in Symplicity or emailing Junsen Ohno (

1L Diversity Programs Events

If you are considering applying to one or more of the diversity summer opportunity programs, make sure to attend the information sessions and networking events related to these opportunities.

Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship Program Information Sessions (PSAMFP)

Thursday, October 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. in room 110

A program representative from the Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship Program will be on campus to discuss the program history, application details and deadlines, as well as answer questions from interested students.

The Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program (PSAMFP) is designed to provide summer associate opportunities to diverse first-year law students.  Students who are chosen to participate as Fellows in this highly competitive program will be placed as first-year summer associates with one of the program's participating employers including Carney Badley Spellman, Gordon Thomas Honeywell, and T-Mobile.  Pizza will be served.  RSVP in Symplicity or email Junsen Ohno (

Pizza will be served. Please RSVP in Symplicity.

Annual 1L Diversity Fellowship Meet & Greet

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
5:00 p.m. at the 2nd Floor Gallery

The event format will feature "table talk" and an opportunity to mingle with attorneys and recruiting representatives from firms hosting a 1L summer diversity fellowships. Dress is business/business casual.

Clerkship Info Session

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Students interested in pursuing judicial clerkships in 2011 need to attend the Clerkship Program Kickoff Meeting.  This meeting is open to 2, 3, and 4L students.  The application season for Federal clerkship positions beginning in 2016 will be begin this fall. Some federal and state clerkship positions for fall 2015 term are still available.  Judicial clerks provide assistance to judges in researching issues before the court and in writing opinions.  These positions are a great way to perfect research and writing skills and open up career opportunities for the future. Students in the top quarter of the class are strongly encouraged to consider clerking.  Whether you plan to apply across the country or solely in Seattle, the application process is complex. We'll help you sort out when, how, and to whom to apply and walk you through it each step of the way.  You'll also sign up for clerkship updates and receive a step-by-step guide for the clerkship application season covering the next six months.  RSVP in Symplicity.

10 Dos and Don'ts of Summer Associate Practice

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Viewing your summer associate position as a 10 week job interview can keep you on your toes, but it can also have you hiding under your desk intimidated. In this seminar, we will cover some of the most important rules for making a good impression this summer and locking up a job offer. From practice pointers to etiquette, social graces to business essentials, we want to help you make the most out of the opportunity you have secured. Being a practicing attorney is very different from being a law student, and can also be very different from working in another type of office. Whether you are planning to be in a two person office or a two hundred person office this summer, this seminar will cover simple guidelines designed to keep you both careful and confident.


Annual Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) and Law Student Speed Networking Event

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This is an ideal opportunity to learn about litigation from the perspective of the mid sized firm corporate attorney and build relationships and mentors that will be an asset to you during law school and beyond. The program will be limited to 40 students and every seven minutes you'll connect and meet with one of fifteen attorneys who practice in a variety of areas and firms. This program was very favorably received last year and is critical to your networking success. The perfect way to meet 15 practitioners in a laid back setting. Appetizers will be served.

Annual Washington State Association for Justice (Formerly WSTLA) and Law Student Speed Networking Event

Thursday, February 5, 2015
5:00 p.m. on the 2nd Floor Gallery

Trial attorneys from small firms who represent plaintiffs will attend the event and provide insight into the excitement, challenges, and satisfaction of advocating for the little guy.  The members of this organization are very collegial and rely heavily on a supportive network of colleagues. Attend this event to learn and equally important build relationships that will benefit you throughout your career.  Not to be missed.  Appetizers will be served.  Space is limited - RSVP in Symplicity.

Career Fairs and Conferences

Public Interest Job Fair

Friday, February 6, 2015
Seattle University Student Center Room 160 (LeRoux)

The Northwest Public Service Career Fairs are hosted by the Northwest Consortium Law Schools. These are the premier career fairs for public interest summer hiring in the Pacific Northwest. This is a great way for first year law students to get substantive legal experience. Check out the website for more information. Be sure to visit the site often, as we add new employers. Many of the organizations will be doing interviews at the fair.

Spring OCI/ Solo, Small, and Mid-Size Firm Networking Event

Week of March 9, 2015
Networking event Wednesday, March 11, 2015 on the 2nd Floor Gallery

This spring, CPD will host a week-long Spring OCI, which will feature small and mid-size firms interviewing students for summer law clerk positions as well as for post-graduate employment.

During the week of March 9, CPD will also host an informal networking event open to participating employers as well as other small and solo attorneys who are interested in meeting students and sharing advice about how to effectively develop opportunities within the profession.  The networking event will provide students with a great opportunity to connect with members of the bar in a casual setting and develop relationships with attorneys practicing in a diverse variety of specialties. Registration dates will be forthcoming.

Beyond the Traditional Panel and Reception

  • Fall 2015

Employers working in a variety of industries where the JD degree is highly valued will be available to share how they developed their career. Potential participants include people doing risk management, regulatory analysts, policy analysts, legal publishing, HR for major corporations, Federal Agents, as well as many others.