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 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.
Seventy-eight members of the Class of 2015 and 69 members of the Class of 2016 are working for public service organizations during the summer of 2014.
Public interest employers include:
Government employers include:
32.1% (51 students) of employed graduates in the Class of 2013 reported working in public service jobs nine months after graduation. Twenty-eight were in government positions and 23 were in public interest positions.
Post-graduate employers included:
Colorado Law provides fellowships/stipends for summer work that would otherwise be unpaid or extremely low-paid. Through student groups and donor gifts, Colorado Law's Public Service Summer 2014 Fellowship Program provided 56 students with stipends ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 for public interest work with government agencies and non-profits located both nationally and internationally.
Additional summer fellowships for work involving environmental, natural resources, social justice, the public sector, 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 2013 event. Participating organizations included:
In January 2014, the CDO sponsored the 3rd 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 Criminal Law Panel, a Local Government Panel, and a Public Interest Law 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 2013-2014 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.