The Colorado Law externship program is offered year-round (Fall, Spring and Summer semesters). Students may only extern at government or non-profit organizations and agencies. Students may work in all three branches of the government, including state and federal judicial chambers, executive agencies, and congressional offices. Students may also extern with nonprofit organizations. Externship sponsors are not limited to agencies and organizations that have sponsored externs in the past. Sponsoring organizations must have an identified attorney supervisor in order to receive externship approval.
Externship Program Description Agreement documents must be received by the first day of classes in the semester for which externship credit is sought. Externship enrollment, if the placement is approved, will appear on a student's schedule after attending a mandatory Orientation session.
FALL 2016 Externs are required to attend one of the Daniels Fund Initiative Professionalism and Ethics sessions specifically arranged for externs during the semester. Each extern must also attend a mandatory Orientation and Exit session for the term. The dates for the Fall 2016 Orientation sessions will be Wednesday, August 24th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Friday, August 26th from 12:00 to 1:00 pm and Saturday, August 27th from 9:30 to 10:30 am. All sessions will be held in Classroom 204.
The Office of Career Development maintains a list of possible externships in its CDOnline site. Please search for "externships" for current listings on CDOnline. Students are encouraged to contact past sponsors from government or non-profit agencies in a professional fashion regarding any current externship needs. Examples of agencies and organizations that have participated in the program in the past include Colorado state and federal courts at every level, Leeds School of Business Demming Center Venture Fund, The Nature Conservancy, district attorney and attorney general offices, public defender offices, Colorado State Senate and Secretary of State, US EPA, EEOC, HHS and other agencies, Centura Health and Boulder Community Hospital, and many more as detailed here.
Because the externship program is an academic program, enrollment has the same financial considerations as an academic course. An externship takes the place of a law school class and counts as a part of the Fall and Spring term's full-time tuition. During the summer term, students must pay for each individual externship credit.
Note: Financial aid will not kick-in unless you are enrolled in 4 or more credits during the summer.
In deciding whether to approve a program for extern credit, Colorado Law will evaluate the following criteria to see if they are met:
Students may earn up to four academic credits for their externship work in a semester. (Ordinarily four credits is the overall limit during a law school career, but three additional credits may be available under certain circumstances, as further explained in Law School Rule 24.)
To be eligible for academic credit, a student's externship must meet the following requirements:
Applications to do externship for work during any semester should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the first day of classes for the semester at issue.
Please read: In order to apply for externship approval, a prospective extern must fill out a Program Description Agreement (and possibiliy a Petition for Additional Credits, if applicable). At the mid-point of the externship placement and at the conclusion, externs are required to submit reflection memos by filling out the forms below. Supervisors must also complete a final externship report. Please fill out the form(s) below and save a copy to your local machine. Then email this version of the document to email@example.com and retain a copy for your records.