Information for LL.M. students

Job searching for LL.M. students is significantly different compared to J.D. students. LL.M.s are often considered lateral hires for firms, regardless of their experience level.

Before Starting Classes

LL.M. students from countries other than the United States will want to reformat their resumes to match current U.S. styles, as explained in this tip sheet. Examples of resumes are located in the application materials section on our Finding a Job  page. Make an appointment with a CPLD coach to review your resume.

  • If you are participating in the Fall Recruiting Program, check the website frequently for schedule changes and last minute additions.
  • Schedule a mock Interview with your career coach.

Throughout the Year

  • Treat job searching like a class – devote a few hours every week to finding a job by researching employers of interest to you, reviewing postings and most importantly, networking. LL.M.s have an advantage in that their practice area focus is clear. This can be more challenging if you are trying to connect with attorneys in New York and California, but talk with your coach and make a strategy for success.
  • Pay attention to the Government Honors deadlines emails from Lawnews. If they apply to your program, you will be notified of government opportunities as they arise.
  • For help with curricular practical training or optional practical training paperwork, see Dean Mary Hotchkiss.
  • For LL.M.s with additional work experience, look for postings on other online sources such as and the Washington State Bar Association website.

Bulletin Board

Materials from recent programs for LL.M. candidates will be available here for approximately 90 days.

Career Training for LL.M. and Ph.D. students with Colleen Yamaguchi

Advising for LL.M. students is assigned as follows:

For resume review, mock interviews and advice on cover letters, contact the CPLD coach.

JOsie Mitchell

IP Program:

Josie Mitchell


Other Programs:

Michelle Gonzalez

Dean Gonzalez


Anna Van Pelt

Anna Van Pelt


Lisa Castillejas

Lisa Castilleja


For information on employers specific to your program area, contact the LL.M. advisers.

Heather Alhadeff (Tax)

Kathleen Lemly (Healthcare)

Signe Naeve (Intellectual Property)

Last updated 8/4/2014