Summer in D.C. Program offers exciting opportunities

Seattle University School of Law launched a new Summer in D.C. Program to provide students vital career experience and the opportunity to network with legal professionals in the nation's capital.

"Students will be working at firms and agencies in a variety of settings, gaining experience they wouldn't be exposed to in Seattle," said Shawn Lipton, assistant dean for the Center for Professional Development who helped shape the program.

Among the opportunities this year are an internship with the Washington Post, the Government Accountability Project, the Center for Enterprise Development, the firm of Woodley & McGillivary and the Polaris Project, dedicated to combating human trafficking. 

The law school also will offer a three-credit course on Legislative Law and Policy taught mainly taught by Thomas M. Bondy, who has been an attorney with the Department of Justice's Civil Division, Appellate Staff since 1986. Dean Mark Niles will teach several of those classes.

Niles' extensive experience in the D.C. legal community helped launch the program in his first year as dean.

"Many of our students want to stay in the Northwest after graduation, but others have their sights on different regions," Niles said. "The D.C. area is an exciting place to be a lawyer, and we're committed to providing as many opportunities there as we can."

As part of its Regional Alumni Programs, the law school will host two receptions to kick off and close the inaugural Summer in D.C. Program. Alumni and students are invited to attend receptions Thursday, June 2, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Old Ebbitt Grill Cabinet Room, Cabinet Room, 675 15th Street NW. RSVP  or by calling 206-398-4600.

The closing reception will be Thursday, July 21. For more details, contact