Legal Field

Are you considering a job or internship in the legal field? Explore these online resources to get started.  

Interested in law school?  Be sure to check out our Pre-Law Advising resources. Feel free to visit our office to meet with an advisor.

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Explore Careers in the Legal Field

Explore careers in the legal field by exploring the links below. Found a career you're interested in? Talk to faculty, stop by our office and begin networking to learn more.

  • Vault Guides - (Must be on W&L network to access): provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for a career and getting your foot in the door.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
  • ONET OnLine - The nation's primary source of occupational information. It contains information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. It also provides Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.

Job and Internship Resources

Alumni To Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with professionals. Below are alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource to you. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started.

To learn about and network with more alumni in the industry, visit the WLUalum Twitter!

G. Calvin Awkward III '06, '09L

Mr. Awkward is a 2006 graduate and majored in European History. During his time at Washington and Lee, he was a member of numerous organizations on campus to include Residential Life, Chi Psi fraternity, Nabors Service League, Gay-Straight Alliance, Multicultural Students Organization, Fancy Dress Committee, Traveller, and Peer Counselors. Mr. Awkward was also the chair of the Annual AIDS Awareness Fundraiser and 2004 W&L Voter Registration Drive. During the summers, Mr. Awkward interned in the Student Affairs Office at Washington and Lee.

In the fall of 2006, Mr. Awkward enrolled in Washington and Lee School of Law. During his three years in the law school, Mr. Awkward was involved in the Student Bar Association, Black Law Students Association, Outlaw, and Law Revue. He was also selected for a position as an honor advocate, Kirgis fellow and student member of the American Inns of Court. Looking for practical experience, Mr. Awkward obtained an internship with the Honorable William D. Heatwole, Twenty-Fifth Judicial Circuit of Virginia and actively handled cases as a student attorney with the Community Legal Practice Clinic.

Upon graduation from law school in 2009, Mr. Awkward returned to Maryland to clerk for the Honorable John H. Tisdale ('74L), Frederick County Circuit Court. Mr. Awkward clerked for a second year with the Honorable Theresa M. Adams, Frederick County Circuit Court. Currently, Mr. Awkward is a practicing attorney at Budow and Noble, P.C. in Bethesda, Maryland. His practice focuses on civil litigation, including automobile liability, first-party insurance defense, insurance coverage, condominium and homeowners' association litigation, and construction.

Kasee Sparks Heisterhagen '06

Kasee graduated from Washington and Lee in 2006 after majoring in Religion and Politics. Kasee practices law at Burr & Forman, LLP ( She is a versatile attorney with experience in the areas of admiralty and maritime law, creditors' rights, bankruptcy, and insurance litigation. Kasee works with clients on issues of maritime liens and vessel seizures and has in-depth experience in the fields of marine finance and marine related bankruptcies. Kasee also handles personal injury claims, including Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, and works with clients on cargo matters, property damage, and regulatory and administrative issues. Kasee serves on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute and serves on multiple committees with the Maritime Law Association. Kasee handles bankruptcy litigation across the Federal Courts in the Southeast and advises debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, and fiduciaries in workouts, debt restructuring, financial transactions, and foreclosures.

Kasee practices in both state and federal court and is hands-on at each stage of litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for The Honorable Margaret A. Mahoney, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Alabama. Kasee received her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she served as Lead Articles Editor for the Law & Psychology Review. In addition, she was the Chairman of the Moot Court Board and a member of the Tax Law Moot Court Team. Kasee received her B.A., cum laude, from Washington & Lee University. She is licensed to practice law in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Kasee is happy to offer advice on general legal practice and students seeking clerkships with federal judges.

Kate Lester Mowery '06

Kate Lester Mowery is an associate at the Delaware law firm, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., working in the practice areas of commercial litigation and intellectual property.  Her practice encompasses actions in the Delaware state courts and the District Court of Delaware.  Kate is involved with the Federal Bar Association, Delaware State Bar Association and the Rodney Inns of Court.  She also volunteers with the Junior League of Wilmington and is on the Alumni Board of her high school, Wilmington Friends School.
Kate graduated from Washington & Lee University magna cum laude in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French and a minor in Women’s Studies.  She was captain of the Field Hockey and Lacrosse teams her senior year.  After college, she worked as a paralegal in D.C. for two years before returning to Washington & Lee University’s School of Law.  While at the School of Law, she served as an editor for the Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, served as vice chair to the Moot Court Executive Board and as an honor advocate for the University’s Honor System.  She graduated from law school in 2011 and returned to Delaware, her home state, to clerk for the Honorable Joseph R. Slights, III on the Superior Court of Delaware.   Kate started with RLF in 2012.

Angie Littlejohn '09L

Angie Littlejohn is General Counsel and Executive Associate Athletics Director for Furman University. As one of the youngest in-house legal counsels in Division I, Angie remains active in teaching sports law and coaching the Furman University Mock Trial teams.

She has been a life-long participant in collegiate athletics. From her early teens she has worked with CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, and Raycom Sports as a statistician, spotter, stage manager, and Fox Box operator. She has also worked closely with Clemson University's Athletic Department learning sports information, television, and game operations.

Angie went on to complete her bachelor's degree at the University of Virginia, where she continued her work in athletics coordinating insurance for all student-athletes. She earned her Juris Doctor at Washington and Lee University School of Law. While at W&L, Angie served as a special intern to the director of athletics learning about Division III Athletics.

During her summers and immediately following law school, she continued her sports law studies under her mentor and friend, Mr. Terry Don Phillips. Angie then joined the Fields Law Firm as an associate. From there she joined the staff at Presbyterian College, overseeing all academics for student-athletes, as well as serving as a special advisor for Presbyterian's successful transition to Division I Athletics.

Mary-Caitlin Ray '09, '12L

Ms. Ray is a 2009 graduate and majored in International Politics and Chinese.  During her time at Washington and Lee, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Kathekon, and Students for Choice.  During her junior year, she studied Chinese and Middle Eastern Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.  Over the summer, she interned in the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, DC. 

In 2012, Ms. Ray graduated from Washington and Lee School of Law.  During law school, Ms. Ray was a Kirgis Fellow, an Honor Advocate, and the Publications Editor of the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice.  As part of the Third Year Program, Ms. Ray served as a student law clerk to the Honorable Michael F. Urbanski, District Court Judge in the Western District of Virginia.  During the summers, Ms. Ray combined her language skills with her interest in international law as a summer associate with McDermott, Will & Emery's Shanghai office.  She also served as a research assistant to Professor Susan Franck, focusing on the structures and procedures of international tribunals. 

Ms. Ray is an attorney with the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, DC.  Her practice focuses on contract formation and administration, including intellectual property, bankruptcy, debarment, conflict of interest, real estate, export control, and fiscal law.  She also represents the agency acquisition teams in the agency's internal dispute resolution process and with the Department of Justice in federal court litigation.

J.R. Smith '91

J.R. graduated from Washington and Lee in 1991 after majoring in Journalism and East Asian Studies (Japanese). He spent three years in Japan post-graduation before returning to graduate from the University of Richmond School of Law in 1997. After graduation, J.R. clerked for W&L alum David H. Adams in Norfolk, Virginia, a retired federal bankruptcy judge. He then joined Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, where he remains a partner today. As a H&W lawyer, J.R. has lived and/or worked in over 40 countries throughout the world, including spending three years opening and managing a new office for his law firm in Tokyo from 2011 to 2014. His legal practice involves corporate finance, infrastructure development, restructuring and commercial litigation.

 Samuel T. Wilmoth '09

Mr. Wilmoth is a 2009 graduate and was a European History major. While at W&L, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, served as a History Department peer tutor, and participated in the English department's creative writing program. In the spring of 2008, he traveled to Italy with Professors Alex Brown and Rebecca Benefiel for a spring term course in Pompeii and Rome. Following graduation, Mr. Wilmoth stayed in Lexington and helped James Dick run the 2009 Appalachian Adventure pre-orientation program.

In 2013, Mr. Wilmoth graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a member of the Georgia Law Review.

Currently, Mr. Wilmoth is associated with the law firm of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he represents developers and investors in the acquisition, development, and financing of commercial real estate across all asset classes.

Robbie Clarke '06, '11L

Mr. Clarke is an associate in the Financial Restructuring practice of the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington, DC. The practice focuses on the legal representation of various groups in complex chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings, including committees and other group representations, various categories of lenders, and debtors and troubled companies.

He graduated magna cum laude from Washington & Lee in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Following graduation he taught Spanish for two years at the Blue Ridge School outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. He returned to Lexington in 2008 and received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the School of Law in 2011. While at the School of Law he served as an Editor for the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice and a Lead Editor for the German Law Journal. During his third year of law school, Mr. Clarke was a Student Attorney with the Black Lung Clinic.

Following law school Mr. Clarke served as a law clerk in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke. He was admitted to practice in Virginia in 2011 and after his clerkship focused his practice on bankruptcy and creditors' rights issues. he was admitted to practice in the District of Columbia in 2015.

 Lena Golze-Desmond '10L

Lena Golze-Desmond graduated from Washington & Lee Law in 2010 (and from Dartmouth College in 2004 with a degree in Government). After graduating from W&L Law, she received an M.Sc. in Environmental Management from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, with a specialty in renewable energy. She then returned to NYC (her hometown) and volunteered at the New York Office of the Attorney General in its Environmental Protection Bureau before joining The Overbrook Foundation as an Environment Program Associate.

In Fall 2014, Lena left to begin her own initiative, "Law for the Environmental Grassroots." She also works part-time as Program Manager for the Human Impacts Institute, a non-profit focused on environmental education and creative climate action, and as a Regulatory Affairs Analyst for the Feller Energy Law Group, a boutique energy law firm. She is on the Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, a 2013 member and on the Board of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI), and a Environmental Leadership Program Eastern 2014 Fellow.

Lena encourages anyone with questions on law, environmental law, New York City, or any combination thereof to reach out with any questions they might have!

Neil Millhiser '11L 

Neil graduated from W&L Law in ’11.  He received a BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from Elon University in 2005.  

Neil is the General Manager for Patient Services Inc. (PSI).  PSI, a non-profit 501(c)(3) premium and copayment foundation, provides financial support and guidance for qualified patients with specific, rare, chronic diseases.   In addition to overseeing the management at PSI, Neil also provides in-house legal counsel and oversees various compliance issues as PSI’s HIPAA and OIG Compliance Officer.  

Prior to joining PSI at the beginning of 2013, Neil was an in-house attorney and project manager for Reynolds Development.  Before attending law school at W&L, Neil was a medical device sales representative for Lincare and also spent a year living in New Zealand working for Kiwi Bank and National Bank New Zealand.