How to Hire Colorado Law Students and Graduates

We work with a wide range of employers, including law firms, judges, businesses, government agencies, and public interest organizations. Our law students are interested in both traditional and nontraditional legal internships, as well as entrepreneurial opportunities where they can employ their analytical abilities, research and writing skills, and sound judgment.

You can connect with law students and graduates in a number of ways. Our students are currently seeking Spring 2015, Summer 2015, and post graduate opportunities. We are happy to assist you with:

  • Creating an on-line job posting so all current students and graduates can view a description of your opening and application instructions. For login or password assistance, email Annie Wills. Once logged in, you can post a job by either clicking the "Post a Job" shortcut on the homepage, or by clicking "Add New" under the "Jobs & Resume Collections" tab.
  • Scheduling interviews at Colorado Law. Each year, we welcome nearly 70 employers to Colorado Law to interview students for summer and academic year internships, as well as entry-level attorney positions. Participating employers include law firms, corporate legal departments, government legal offices, and public interest organizations.
    • Our Spring 2015 On-Campus Interview Program ("OCI") begins on February 2, 2015 and facilitates the pre-screening and interviewing of Colorado Law students for academic-credit externships as well as paid or unpaid internships at government and non-profit institutions; paid internships with law firms and businesses; and post-graduate employment. We encourage employers from all sectors to participate in this program. To reserve an on-campus interview date, contact Annie Wills.
  • Being introduced in a more informal manner to prescreened candidates who possess your required qualifications. Contact Todd Rogers to discuss what you value in employment candidates.

Others Ways to Engage with Students

Employers can also connect with our students by:

  • Joining ProNet, our on-line community of students, alumni and friends of the law school
  • Participating in mock interviews and panel discussions
  • Serving as a mentor
  • Joining us for Wednesday Morning Coffee. Every other week, the CDO sponsors Wednesday Morning Coffee to give students a chance to meet professionals in an informal setting. Our guests have the opportunity to talk with students in a small group and answer career-related questions.
  • Participating in career symposia and speaker series relevant to your area of practice
  • Conducting informational interviews with our students
  • Judging a student competition
  • Working with student groups
  • Hosting an on- or off-campus event
  • Critiquing a student resume or writing sample

If you are interested in any of these engagement opportunities, please register for ProNet or contact Todd Rogers.

Externships

For a description of our externship program, through which students can receive academic credit for work performed under attorney supervision at a government agency or nonprofit entity, visit our Externship page.

Student Practice Act

Law students who have completed at least two years of law school may appear in court pursuant to Colorado Rule of Civil Procedure 226.5.  A student must file a certification that he or she has completed two years of law school and is of good moral character. To file this certification, print the form, complete the first two sections, bring the form to the Dean's Suite, and deposit it in the drop box labeled "FORMS", outside office 326H.  We will complete and submit the form. 

The student must also provide the name of the supervising attorney and an anticipated graduation date. Work must be performed for an attorney in the public sector, i.e., the Public Defender's Office or District Attorney's Office; or on behalf of a non profit legal services organization where poor or legally underserved persons receives legal advice.

Law Student Externs

A. Practice by law student extern (formerly section 12-5-116.1)

(1) An eligible law student extern, as specified in section 2B, may appear and participate in any civil proceeding in any municipal, county, or district court (including domestic relations proceedings) or before any administrative tribunal in this state, or in any county or municipal court criminal proceeding, except when the defendant has been charged with a felony, or in any juvenile proceeding in any municipal, county or district court, or before any magistrate in any juvenile or other proceeding or any parole revocation under the following circumstances:

(a) If the person on whose behalf the extern is appearing has provided written consent to that appearance and the law student extern is under the supervision of a supervising lawyer, as specified in section 2D.

(b) When representing the office of the state public defender and its clients, if the person on whose behalf the extern is appearing has provided written consent to that appearance and the law student extern is under the supervision of the public defender or one of his deputies.

(c) On behalf of the state or any of its departments, agencies, or institutions, a county, a city, or a municipality, with the written approval and under the supervision of the attorney general, attorney for the state, county attorney, district attorney, city attorney, or municipal attorney. A general approval for the law student extern to appear, executed by the appropriate supervising attorney pursuant to this paragraph (c), shall be filed with the clerk of the applicable court/administrative tribunal and brought to the attention of the judge/presiding officer thereof.

(d) On behalf of a nonprofit legal services organization where poor or legally underserved persons receive legal advice and services if the person on whose behalf the student is appearing has provided written consent to that appearance and the law student extern is under the supervision of a supervising lawyer, as specified in Section 2D.

(2) The consent or approval referred to in subsection (1) of this section, except a general approval, shall be made in the record of the case and shall be brought to the attention of the judge of the court or the presiding officer of the administrative tribunal.

(3) In addition to the activities authorized in subsection (1) of this section, an eligible law student extern may engage in other activities under the general supervision of a supervising lawyer, including but not limited to the preparation of pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents which must be approved and signed by the supervising lawyer and assistance to indigent inmates of correctional institutions who have no attorney of record and who request such assistance in preparing applications and supporting documents for post conviction relief.

B. Eligibility requirements for law student extern practice (formerly section 12-5-116.2)

(1) In order to be eligible to make an appearance and participate pursuant to section 2A, a law student must:

(a) Be duly enrolled in an ABA accredited law school, or a recent graduate of such a law school who has applied for admission to the Colorado Bar. For purposes of this rule, the "law student's" eligibility continues after graduation from law school and until the announcement of the results of the first bar examination following the student's graduation, provided for anyone who passes that examination, eligibility shall continue in effect through the date of the first swearing in ceremony following the examination.

(b) Have completed a minimum of two years of legal studies;

(c) Have the certification of the dean of such law school that the dean has no personal knowledge of or knows of nothing of record that indicates that the student is not of good moral character and, in addition, that the law student has completed the requirements specified in paragraph (b) of this subsection (1) and is a student in good standing, or recently graduated. The dean of such law school has no continuing duty to certify the student's good moral character after the student has graduated from law school at that point, the law student/applicant to the Colorado Bar has obligations to maintain the integrity of the profession pursuant to Colo. RPC 8.1 .

(d) Be introduced to the court or administrative tribunal in which the extern is appearing as a law student extern by a lawyer authorized to practice law in this state;

(e) Neither ask nor receive any compensation or remuneration of any kind for the extern's services from the person on whose behalf the extern renders services; but such limitation shall not prevent the law student extern from receiving credit for participation in the law school externship program upon prior approval of the law school, nor shall it prevent the law school, the state, a county, a city, a municipality, or the office of the district attorney or the public defender from paying compensation to the law school extern, nor shall it prevent any agency from making such charges for its services as it may otherwise properly require; and

(f) State that the extern has read, is familiar with, and will be governed in the conduct of the extern's activities under section 2A by the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct.

C. Certification of law student extern by laws school dean-filing-effective period-withdrawal by dean or termination(formerly section 12-5-116.3)

(1) The certification by the law school dean, pursuant to section 2B(1)(c), required in order for a law student extern to appear and participate in proceedings:

(a) Shall be filed with the clerk of the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Registration, and unless it is sooner withdrawn, shall remain in effect until the student's graduation.

(b) May be withdrawn by the dean at any time by mailing a notice to that effect to the clerk of the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Registration, and such withdrawal may be without notice or hearing and without any showing of cause; and

(c) May be terminated by the supreme court at any time without notice or hearing and without any showing of cause.

D. Qualifications and requirements of supervising lawyer (formerly section 12-5-116.4)

(1) A supervising lawyer, under whose supervision an eligible law student extern appears and participates pursuant to section 2A, shall be authorized to practice law in this state and:

(a) Shall be a lawyer working for or on behalf of an organization identified in sections 2A(1)(b)-(d);

(b) Shall assume personal professional responsibility for the conduct of the law student extern; and

(c) Shall assist the law student extern in the extern's preparation to the extent the supervising lawyer considers it necessary.

Rankings Policy

Like many other law schools, Colorado Law limits rankings to the upper tier of the class. This change followed studies and surveys of employers initiated and conducted by the students, and it affects the Class of 2008 and all subsequent classes. The rules regarding rankings are as follows:

  • Only the top 1/3 of students in each class receive individual numerical rankings. There is no ranking of students below the top 1/3 of each class. 
  • A student may at any time request a copy of her or his transcript with no rank (individual or percentage) printed on it.
  • First-year students do not receive rankings (either individual or percentage) after their first semester of study; instead, ranking of the first year class will be done only after second semester grades are submitted.
  • The numerical grade cut-off for the top 1/3 is publicly available. No other rank/grade relationship (e.g., 50th percentile) is available.