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Law / Government / Policy

Welcome to the Law, Government, and Policy interest community!

Members of this community are interested in careers that provide services to the public while often working for the public’s best interest in mind.  People who pursue careers in law, government, or policy develop skills in writing, public speaking, coalition building, interpersonal and intercultural communication, conflict resolution, outreach, systems-thinking, analysis and problem solving.

Examples of career pathways include (but are not limited to): lawyers, legal assistants, paralegals, public policy, international development, researchers, engineers, finance and budgeting, managers, activists, community organizers, analysts, politics, advocacy and local, statewide, tribal or federal administrators.

We Robot 2022: School of Law conference focusing on policy related to robots

We Robot is an interdisciplinary conference that brings together leading scholars and practitioners to discuss legal and policy questions relating to robots. Since its inception in 2012, the conference has fostered dynamic conversations regarding robot theory, design, and development.

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Washington universities participating in program helping BIPOC students enter law school (from K5 News)

Read the full article by Erica Zucco and/or watch the news clip on the King 5 News website to learn more about the new LSAC PLUS Program, aimed at empowering BIPOC students to enter law school. Start reading below:

“SEATTLE — …

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I’m In: Ready for What’s Next (From the UW School of Law Blog)

Watch the video and/or read the provided transcript to learn more about Allison’s journey as a UW Law student and what they are planning to do after graduating. Get starting with reading below:

“In spring 2019, Allison Bolgiano was a …

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Summer Volunteering Opportunities (From the UW’s Whole U)

Read the full article by Nicole Reeve-Parker to learn about even more opportunities to get involved. There are about twice as many opportunities listed on the website!
Get outside

Washington Trails Association offers a variety of opportunities, from local one-day …

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Law Diversity Scholarship Program Opportunity

Sui Generis created the Elevate scholarship program to address the challenges that students from historically underrepresented backgrounds face in the legal field by providing a full year of free academic support to first-year law students. This support includes weekly small …

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Featured Resources

Exploring & Preparing for Law School

Law schools have a vested interest in enrolling not only good students, but good people who they think would excel as lawyers. …

Preparing for the LSAT

For an overview of the LSAT process and content, you can view this resource from the LSAC – Admission Made …

Applying to Law School

The law school application process has a number of components, so whether you’re still figuring out which schools to apply …

Pre-Law Guides & Handouts

These guides and infographics will assist you in learning more about the application process:

Pre-Law Guide

Applying to Law School …

Scholarships & Fellowships Supporting Law/Government/Policy Career Goals

Career interests in law, government and/or policy areas opens a huge range of scholarship opportunities that provide support to students …

Tips for Job Searching in Handshake – Law/Government/Policy

With thousands of jobs and internships for students on Handshake, how can you find the ones that are right for …

Career & Industry Guides

Vault Guide to the First Year of Law School

The Vault Guide to the First Year of Law School offers advice for new law students on surviving law school, landing a …

Vault Career Guide to Law, Third Edition

Lawyers provide legal advice and representation to companies and individuals regarding hundreds of issues, such as civil rights, criminal offenses, …

Practice Perspectives: Vault’s Guide to Legal Practice Areas, 2020 Edition

Practice Perspectives: Vault’s Guide to Legal Practice Areas is the insider’s guide to what it’s really like to practice at …

Vault Guide to Navigating Your Legal Career in the Time of Coronavirus

The Vault Guide to Navigating Your Legal Career in the Time of Coronavirus provides expert advice to help law students …

Vault Guide to the Top Pacific Northwest Law Firms, 2020 Edition

The Vault Guide to the Top Pacific Northwest Law Firms is an in-depth, candid guide on the most prestigious law firms in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring …