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Law NW Public Service Career Fairs

For twenty-seven years, the NW Public Service Career Fairs have linked law students & alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits & government offices and more than 500 students & alumni from our ten NW Consortium schools participating in the fairs.

Help today’s clients and inspire tomorrow’s justice seekers.

STUDENT ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. Please plan to pay at the door to participate in Table Talk.


Registration questions?  Contact Junsen Ohno (, or Josie Mitchell ( in the Center for Professional Development at Seattle University School of Law.

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  • Seattle Career Fair

    Friday, February 3, 2017
    10:00 to 10:30 Student & Employer Check-in
    10:30 to Noon Table Talk
    12:40 to 5:00 Pre-scheduled Interviews
    LeRoux Conference Center:
    Student Center
    Seattle University Campus & Parking Map
  • Portland Career Fair

    Saturday, February 4, 2017
    10:00 to 10:30 Student & Employer Check-in
    10:30 to Noon Table Talk
    12:40 to 5:00 Pre-scheduled Interviews
    Templeton Center at Lewis & Clark College
    Lewis & Clark Campus & Parking Map
    Pio Express free downtown shuttle bus

Who Can Participate

Employers: All non-profit and government employers who wish to recruit students or alumni for legal or law-related positions are welcome to participate for free.

Students: All law students and graduates are invited to participate in table talk, but only students and graduates of the NW Consortium Schools may participate in scheduled interviews.

  • Employer Timeline

    October 12, 2016
    Employer registration opens.
    January 10, 2017
    Employer registration closes.
    January 18, 2017
    Applications are made available to employers.
    January 24, 2017 @ Noon
    Employer deadline for selecting students for interviews.
    February 3, 2017
    Seattle Career Fair at Seattle University.
    February 4, 2017
    Portland Career Fair at Lewis & Clark.
  • Student Timeline

    November 7, 2016
    Student registration opens.
    January 17, 2017 @ Noon
    Student application deadline for interviewing employers.
    January 26, 2017
    Students are notified of interview schedules.
    January 30, 2017
    Student deadline for declining interviews.
    February 3, 2017
    Seattle Career Fair at Seattle University.
    February 4, 2017
    Portland Career Fair at Lewis & Clark.

About Table Talk

From 10:30 am until Noon, employers are available to talk with students who visit their table. This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about what different organizations do, to find out about a particular area of the law, to get a feel for different office cultures, and perhaps to impress someone enough to get hired. There are always a few employers who participate in Table Talk but not in the pre-scheduled interviews. Table Talk conversations are not formal, scheduled interviews, but they do provide an opportunity for employers to meet and connect with students and alumni based on shared interests.  

About Pre-scheduled Interviews

During the afternoon at both fairs, some employers interview for open attorney or summer intern/clerk positions. Students interested in participated in the pre-scheduled interviews must apply by the deadline stated on the Student Timeline (above) using the interview process.

Interviews are 20 minutes long and take place in a large open room with 20+ other interviews occurring at the same time.  It can feel a little like the speed-dating equivalent of an interview, but it is a serious job interview. Many employers base their hiring decisions solely on submitted application materials and the career fair interview.  Employers may use up to eleven interview slots with a break at the mid-way point.

Past Employers

AFL-CIO • Alaska Public Defender Agency • American University Washington College of Law • Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) at Disability Rights Washington (DRW) • Catholic Charities - Immigration Legal Services • Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon • City of Wilsonville • Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office • Clark County  Prosecutor’s Office • Columbia Legal Services • Community Law Center • Consumer Education and Training Services (“CENTS”) • Coos County District Attorney’s Office • Crag Law Center • Disability Rights Oregon • Disability Rights Washington • DNA-People’s Legal Services Inc • Equal Justice Works • Federal Public Defender, District of Oregon • Foreclosure Mediation and Outreach Project • Kids in Need of Defense - Seattle • King County Bar Association • King County Department of Public Defense-The Defender Association Division • Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center • Landesa • Law Students for Reproductive Justice • Legal Aid Services of Oregon • Legal Aid Services of Oregon - Farmworker Program • Legal Voice • Marion-Polk Legal Aid Service • Multnomah County District Attorney • Multnomah Defenders, Inc. • Municipality of Anchorage • National Crime Victim Law Institute • Navy JAG Corps • Northwest Health Law Advocates • Northwest Justice Project • Northwest Workers’ Justice Project • Office of Metro Attorney • Oregon Department of Justice • Oregon Law Center • Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office • Portland State University Student Legal Services • Seattle City Attorney’s Office - Government Affairs Section • Seattle City Attorney’s Office - Land Use Section • Seattle City Attorney’s Office - Torts Section • Seattle Community Law Center • Snohomish County Legal Services • SOAR Immigration Legal Services (EMO) • Social Security Administration • Solid Ground • St. Andrew Legal Clinic • State of Oregon - Office of Public Defense Services • Tillamook County District Attorney’s Office • U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Oregon • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Seattle Office • U.S. Dept Housing and Urban Development, Portland Office • U.S. Marine Corps - Officer Program • Unemployment Law Project • United States Air Force JAG Corps • United States Department of Justice Environmental Enforcement Section • US Army Corps of Engineers • US Dept. of Labor - Office of the Solicitor • Vancouver City Attorney’s Office-Civil Division • Vancouver City Attorney’s Office-Criminal Division • Washington County District Attorney’s Office • Washington State Attorney General’s Office • Washington State Bar Association/Office of Disciplinary Counsel • Yakama Nation Tribal Court • Youth Rights and Justice