Our Career Development Office (CDO) is dedicated to helping students find opportunities with employers of all types, including public service employers. "Public service" encompasses both public interest and public sector/government employers.
The CDO has strong relationships with public service employers and engages in ongoing outreach to build and maintain relationships within the public service community in order to create job opportunities for students and graduates. Our programs allow students to engage with public service employers, help students learn about public service opportunities, and educate students about how to develop strategies for pursuing public service opportunities.
Our thorough understanding of students' backgrounds and interests combined with our knowledge of public service employers' missions, needs, and preferred qualifications enable us to effectively connect students and graduates with employers that fit their public service goals.
Eighty members of the Class of 2013 and 61 members of the Class of 2014 worked for public service organizations during the summer of 2012.
Public interest employers included:
Government employers included:
29.1% (46 students) of employed graduates in the Class of 2012 reported working in public service jobs nine months after graduation. Twenty-seven (27) were in government positions and 19 were in public interest positions. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3 Honors Attorney Fellowship position was among the jobs secured by members of the Class of 2012.
Post-graduate employers included:
Colorado Law provides fellowships/stipends for summer work that would otherwise be unpaid or extremely low-paid. In the summer of 2012, Colorado Law launched the Public Service Summer Fellowship Program, providing 14 students with awards ranging from $2,000 to $3,000. Student groups also raise funds throughout the year to support their peers who are undertaking unpaid public service summer work.
Additional summer fellowships for work involving environmental, natural resources, international human rights, and public policy issues are available to students as a result of the generosity and public service commitment of Colorado Law's alumni and friends.
Graduates employed in qualifying public service positions may receive grants through Colorado Law's Loan Repayment Assistance Program to help them meet their student debt obligations.
To inform and educate students about the public service realm, our CDO presents information sessions throughout the academic year. Attorneys who work for public service employers are often the featured speakers. Recent public service information session topics have included:
Colorado Law co-sponsors an annual Government and Public Interest Law Career Fair. Over 40 public service entities participated in the 2012 event. Participating organizations included:
In January 2013, the CDO sponsored the 2nd Annual JD Pathways, a career conference that brought together 60 students and 80 attorneys, a number of whom work for public service employers. The conference included a Public Interest Law Panel and a State & Local Government Panel.
The CDO also hosts approximately 70 employers each academic year through the fall and spring On-Campus Interview (OCI) programs. Public service employers participate in Colorado Law's OCI programs alongside private sector employers. Participating public service employers who participated in our OCI programs during the 2011-2012 and/or 2012-2013 academic years included:
Our CDO maintains a regularly updated database of internship, externship and post-graduate job opportunities. The CDO also provides students and graduates with access to outside tools which are essential for learning about public service job opportunities, such as PSJD and the University of Arizona Government Honors and Internship Handbook. Colorado Law is also an Equal Justice Works member school, making our students and alumni eligible to participate in EJW's annual career fair, educational stipend program, and post-graduate fellowship programs.