Programming: Public Service Careers

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 State Public Defender's Office (Boulder County Office)
  • Financing Your Public Service Career
  • Presidential Management Fellowship ("PMF") Program
  • Project-based Fellowships
  • Pursuing Federal Opportunities
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Legal Honors Program
  • U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program

Colorado Law co-sponsors an annual Government and Public Interest Law Career Fair. Over 50 public service entities participated in the 2014 event. Participating organizations included:

  • Colorado Attorney General's Office
  • Colorado Legal Services
  • Denver Public Schools
  • DNA People’s Legal Services
  • Executive Office of Immigration Review (Immigration Court)
  • Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Jefferson County Attorney’s Office
  • Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
  • The Public Interest Network
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

In January 2015, the CDO sponsored the 4th Annual JD Pathways, a career conference that brought together 99 students and 78 attorneys, a number of whom work for public service employers. The conference included a Criminal Practice 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 2014-2015 academic year included:

  • Boulder County Attorney’s Office
  • Colorado Attorney General’s Office
  • Colorado Office of Administrative Courts
  • Earthjustice
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center
  • U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Legislative Counsel