Information for 1Ls

Autumn Quarter

  • Finalize your resume, cover letter, and list of references. Sample cover letters and resumes
  • Identify practice areas; use the self-assessment tools found in the “Find a Practice Area” 
  • By mid-October, you will have access to Symplicity. Log on and request an appointment to meet with your Career Coach after October 15.  Email your resume and cover letter to your coach at least 2 days before your meeting.
  • After your resume has been reviewed by your Career Coach, upload it to Symplicity. Your resume must be in the system for you to see complete job postings.
  • Beginning December 1, you may submit applications to employers for summer positions.
  • Attend information sessions for the 1L Diversity Fellowship Programs and the 1L Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program.
  • If you are interested in leaving Seattle for the summer, consider national diversity fellowship programs. Information about these opportunities can be here.
  • Attend workshops organized by the CPLD and CPSL.  You can find a schedule of upcoming events here.

Winter Break

Winter Quarter

  • Judicial Externship applications are due in early January.
  • Schedule a mock interview with your 1L mentor or your career coach.
  • Set aside an hour each week to meet classmates for lunch, visit professors during office hours, and set up informational interviews.
  • Join the William O. Douglas Society to learn about opportunities outside Washington and to connect with alumni.

Spring Quarter

  • If you are interested in pursuing a post-graduate judicial clerkship, select courses for 2L year that will provide you with the opportunity to have strong letters of recommendation. We recommend trying to take at least two courses with two faculty members.
  • Enroll in a clinic during your 2L year to get some hands-on legal experience.
  • Participate in Fall Recruiting Program events.
  • Prepare application materials for 2L Summer Diversity Programs; applications are due June—September. 

Recent Presentations & Materials(password protected)

For easiest viewing and listening, please download by right clicking and saving the material first.


1L Career Coach

Anna Van Pelt

Anna Van Pelt

206-616-7326






WSBA President Anthony Gipe with a group of students



Judge Lori K. Smith speaking with a group of students



Robert Flenaugh talking with students



Janot Varon and her 1L mentee

Last updated 10/21/2014