Information for Graduate Students

Job searching for graduate students is significantly different compared to J.D. students. LL.M.s are often considered lateral hires for firms, regardless of their experience level. Master of Jurisprudence students are knowledgeable in law but cannot practice law because they are not attorneys.

Before Starting Classes

Graduate students from countries other than the United States or other industries 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 the Finding a Job page. Make an appointment with a Career and Student Services coach to review your resume.

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. Many graduate students have an advantage in that their career focus is clear. Although searching can be more challenging if you are trying to connect with out of state employers, you can work with your career coach to create a strategy for success. Graduate students are encouraged to look for job postings on other online sources such as and the Washington State Bar Association website.

International students seeking assistance with approval of curricular practical training or optional practical training paperwork, see Associate Dean for Students Brenda Williams and to keep their contact in International Student Services apprised.

Graduate Student Workshops & Materials

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Career Workshop 1: Career Planning & Resumes

October 14, 2016


Career Workshop 2: Professional Communication & Preparing for the Job Search

October 28, 2016

Career Workshop 3: Interviewing Tips & Techniques - Putting Your Best Self-Forward

January 20, 2017

Networking Workshops

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