In deciding whether to approve a program for extern credit, Colorado Law will evaluate the following criteria to see if they are met:
- the program is of substantial educational value,
- the work to be done is of the kind a beginning lawyer might do in a professional capacity or is closely related thereto,
- the field supervisor is a qualified person willing to assume the burden of supervision, and
- adequate records of the time spent by the student will be furnished by the sponsoring organization.
- The work must be supervised by a practicing attorney or judge on site and this person must agree to be your field supervisor.
- Your supervisor must commit to providing you with substantial feedback on your work quality and progress, and he or she must have the time to serve as a mentor.
- The work must be uncompensated.
- The work must have a substantial writing component.
- You must only seek credit for one extern placement per semester.
- As a part of your externship you must attend mandatory Orientation and Exit sessions, as well as assigned professionlism and ethics classes offered at various times during the semester.
- You may not do an externship as a research assistant for a law school professor.
- You must have completed at least 30 law school credits to be eligible to do an Externship.
- Law firms and private organizations who would like to employ the services of our students are encouraged to employ them for wages. In many circumstances, the time a student spends working for a law firm may be billed to a client. The Office of Career Development is available to aid in matching firms and private organizations with students who would be qualified to work for them