Private Practice Careers

To maximize opportunities for Colorado Law students and alumni, our Career Development Office (CDO) stays in close contact with law firms both in Colorado and across the country. Over the last four years, Asst. Dean Marci Fulton and other members of the faculty and staff met with more than 200 law firms in Colorado and other states, including California, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington DC, and corresponded with many others. All employer outreach is systematically tracked to ensure timely and efficient follow up.

The CDO also developed a directory of law firms comprised of 2-30 attorneys in Boulder and the Denver metropolitan area. The Directory contains contact information and a list of specialty areas for each firm, all Colorado Law alumni currently employed by the firm, a list of the years in which the firm hired a summer law clerk from Colorado Law, and instances in the recent past when the firm has posted a law clerk opportunity with our school.

By getting to know our students' backgrounds and interests and understanding the needs of private law firm employers, we can serve as effective matchmakers.

Summer Employment

Thirty-nine members of the class of 2018, and 70 members of the class of 2017, spent the summer of 2016 working for a law firm.

Large firm (50+ attorneys) summer 2016 employers included:

  • Armstrong Teasdale (Denver)
  • Arnold & Porter (Denver)
  • Baker & McKenzie (Dallas, TX)
  • Ballard Spahr (Denver)
  • Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (Denver)
  • Bryan Cave HRO (Denver)
  • Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel (Cattanooga, TN)
  • Cooley (Broomfield, CO)
  • Davis Graham & Stubbs (Denver)
  • Dentons US (Denver)
  • Dorsey & Whitney (Denver)
  • Faegre Baker Daniels (Denver)
  • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher (Denver)
  • Hall & Evans (Denver)
  • Hogan Lovells (Denver & Washington, DC)
  • Hogan Lovells BSTL (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Holland & Hart (Boulder & Denver)
  • Holland & Knight (Denver)
  • Jackson Lewis PC (Denver)
  • Kutak Rock (Denver)
  • Lewis Roca Rothgerber (Denver)
  • Messner & Reeves (Denver)
  • Michael Best Friedrich (Chicago, IL)
  • Norton Rose Fulbright (Denver)
  • Perkins Coie (Denver)
  • Polsinelli (Denver)
  • Shearman & Sterling (London, England)
  • Sherman & Howard (Denver)
  • Snell & Wilmer (Denver)
  • Steptoe & Johnson (Denver)
  • White and Steele (Denver)

Mid-sized and small firm summer 2016 employers included:

  • Beam and Raymond (Boulder)
  • Berenbaum Weinshienk (Denver)
  • Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti (Boulder)
  • Burns Figa & Will (Greenwood Village, CO)
  • Caplan and Earnest (Boulder)
  • Cheney Galluzzi & Howard (Denver)
  • Erise IP (Greenwood Village, CO)
  • Frascona, Joiner, Goodman and Greenstein (Boulder)
  • Fredericks Peebles & Morgan (Louisville, CO)
  • Gard & Bond (Boulder)
  • Gheidi and Associates (Tehran, Iran)
  • Hershey Decker (Lone Tree, CO)
  • Hutchinson Black & Cook (Boulder)
  • Kaplan Kirsch Rockwell (Denver)
  • Kirtland & Packard (El Sugundo, CA)
  • Law Offices of David Bow Woo (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Marsh Fischmann & Breyfogle (Denver)
  • McIver Law Firm (Austin, TX)
  • Modus Law (Boulder)
  • Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff + Ragonetti (Denver)
  • Sam P. Israel PC (New York, NY)
  • Sheridan Ross (Denver)
  • Stern & Curray (Denver)

Post-grad Employment

Twenty-nine percent of 2015 employed graduates (44/152) are working for law firms in private practice ten months after graduation, with 93 percent of these graduates in full-time, long-term positions. Fifteen graduates reported employment at National Law Journal 350 law firms.

Thirty-eight of the graduates employed full-time reported a salary. The median private practice salary for those reporting was $95,000, and the mean was $88,711. One quarter of graduates reporting salaries earned more than $113,750, while one quarter earned less than $60,000.

Post-graduate employers include:

  • Baker Law Group, LLC (Denver)
  • Barclay Damon (Rochester, NY)
  • Brownstein Hyatt Faber Schreck, LLP (Denver)
  • Carlson & Carlson Attorneys-at-Law, P.C. (Frisco, CO)
  • Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (Denver)
  • Fox Rothschild LLP (Denver)
  • Frascona, Joiner, Goodman and Greenstein, P.C. (Boulder)
  • Hall & Evans (Denver)
  • Heizer | Paul LLP (Denver)
  • Hershey Decker PLLC (Lone Tree, CO)
  • Holland & Hart LLP (Boulder)
  • Holland, Holland Edwards & Grossman, P.C. (Denver)
  • Hoskin, Farina & Kampf (Grand Junction, CO)
  • Hulbert & Associates, LLC (Denver)
  • Hurth, Sisk & Blakemore LLP (Boulder)
  • Isphording, Bechtold & Sharrer (Venice, FL)
  • Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP (Denver)
  • Killian Davis Richter & Mayle, P.C. (Grand Junction, CO)
  • Kirsch & Rounds, P.C. (Aurora, CO)
  • Lathrop & Gage LLC (Boulder)
  • Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (Denver)
  • Messner Reeves LLP (Denver)
  • Moye White LLP   Denver
  • NWMJ Law (Seattle , WA)
  • Raffiani Law Firm, P.C. (Billings, MT)
  • Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C. (Denver)
  • Sage Law Group (Broomfield, CO)
  • Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Squire Patton Boggs (Denver)
  • Sweetbaum Sands Anderson PC (Boulder)
  • Turbak Law Office, P.C. (Watertown, SD)
  • Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP (Washington, DC)
  • Winston & Strawn LLP (San Francisco, CA)
  • Woddy Law Firm (Denver)
  • Wright & Williamson, LLC (Sterling, CO)

Programming

Recent CDO programs have highlighted career options in the private practice of law and provided students with information on topics related to private law firms, such as:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Civil litigation
  • Compliance
  • Energy law
  • Family law
  • General practice
  • Health law
  • Intellectual property
  • Law firm economics
  • Privacy
  • Real Estate
  • Solo and small firm practice
  • Succeeding in summer employment
  • Transactional practice

In January, 2016, the CDO sponsored the 5th Annual JD Pathways, a career conference that brought together 95 students and 79 attorneys, over half of whom work for private law firms. The CDO also sponsors three program series to allow students additional opportunities to meet and learn from private practitioners:

  • Career Perspective Series: Speakers have included representatives of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Burns, Figa & Will; Polsinelli; and Pryor Johnson Carney Karr Nixon, as well as members of the judiciary with private practice backgrounds.
  • Hot Jobs: Speakers have included representatives of firms in Boulder and Denver such as Alderman Bernstein; Beatty & Wozniak; Cianco Cianco Brown; Davis Graham & Stubbs; Dietze & Davis; Fairfield and Woods; Greenberg Traurig; Holland & Hart; Marsh Fischmann & Breyfogle; Onsager, Staelin & Guyerson; Patton Boggs; Sheridan Ross; and Wellborn, Sullivan, Meck & Tooley; other firms located in Colorado such as Balcomb & Green (Glenwood Springs); Law of the Rockies (Gunnison); Liley, Rogers and Martell (Fort Collins); Myatt Brandes & Gast (Fort Collins); and firms from other parts of the country such as McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore in Austin and Houston, Texas.
  • Wednesday Morning Coffees: Speakers have included representatives of Condit Csajaghy in Denver; Ciancio Ciancio Brown P.C. in Broomfield; Faegre Baker Daniels in Denver; Fowler, Schimberg & Flanagan in Denver; Hunton & Williams in Dallas; Johnson & Repucci in Boulder; Joesph Law Firm in Aurora; Kennedy Childs in Denver; and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Denver.

On-Campus Interviews

We host approximately 70 employers each academic year through our fall and spring On-Campus Interview (OCI) programs. 53 OCI employers in the 2015-16 academic year represented private law firms. At least 22 first- and second-year students obtained paid summer employment at law firms through the OCI process, and others secured internships during the academic year.

Colorado Pledge to Diversity Program

Diverse 1Ls at Colorado Law have the opportunity to obtain summer clerk positions at Denver-area law firms and corporations through the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Program. Thirteen members of the class of 2018 obtained summer associate positions with Armstrong Teasdale, Arnold & Porter, CoBank, Earthjustice, Hall & Evans, Hogan Lovells, Holland & Hart, Holland & Knight, Polsinelli, Summit Materials, White & Steele, and Vail Resorts