A new "Summer in D.C." program and an expanding Alaska program are extending Seattle University School of Law's reach. "Summer in D.C." will provide students vital career experience and the opportunity to network with legal professionals in the nation's capital.
"Students are working at firms and agencies in a variety of settings, gaining experience that will benefit those who want to work outside the state," said Shawn Lipton, assistant dean for the Center for Professional Development, who helped shape the program.
Among the opportunities this year are internships with The Washington Post, the Government Accountability Project, the Center for Enterprise Development, the firm of Woodley & McGillivary, and the Polaris Project, dedicated to combating human trafficking.
The law school is offering a three-credit course on Legislative Law and Policy taught mainly taught by Thomas M. Bondy, who has been an attorney with the Department of Justice's civil appellate division since 1986. Dean Mark Niles will teach several of those classes.
Niles' extensive experience in the D.C. legal community helped launch the program in his first year as dean. "Many of our students want to stay in the Northwest after graduation, but others have their sights on different regions," Niles said. "The D.C. area is an exciting place to be a lawyer and we're committed to providing as many opportunities there as we can."
The law school also is expanding its "Study Law in Alaska" program, including sponsoring a CLE and reception in June that featured Niles and Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell, a 1987 graduate of the law school.
"One of my priorities for the law school is to expand our efforts and presence in Alaska and create a preeminent, comprehensive academic program that establishes Seattle University as the central player in legal education in the state," Niles said.
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