Post-graduate fellowships provide a variety of opportunities for recent Colorado Law graduates. Certain fellowships are tied to work for particular entities (e.g., the Denver City Attorney's Office), and others provide funding for work with judges and government organizations. Read the fellowship information carefully as there are significant variations among the programs.
Where can I get information about deadlines for specific fellowships?
We encourage you to review fellowship announcements and CDOnline postings carefully for the most current information, including application requirements.
Are fellows eligible for health insurance?
Generally, individuals who are selected for graduate fellowships are not eligible for health insurance benefits; however, some graduate fellowships may provide health insurance, so please carefully review all program-specific materials.
How are fellows paid?
Generally, recipients receive fellowship funding through the law school's payroll system. Required payroll taxes will be deducted. Recipients must meet with Peg Delaney in the Dean’s Suite to complete all necessary payroll paperwork. However, some graduate fellowships have a different funding structure, so you should carefully review all program-specific materials.
Who should I contact if I have questions?
Please email questions to Dean Leary at email@example.com.
The David H. Getches Native American and Natural Resources Law Fellowship was made available as the result of a generous gift from the Wyss Foundation. The Getches Fellowship will support a recent Colorado Law School graduate in carrying out a project that addresses a significant issue or issues of importance in Native American and/or natural resources law. The fellowship will be awarded through a competitive process to an applicant who demonstrates a sincere interest in pursuing a career in the field of Native American or natural resources law. The awardee will be hired by the University of Colorado Law School to work with the Natural Resources Law Center, in conjunction with the Center, or with a non–governmental organization, or Indian tribe, under the supervision of the Center.
A preference will be given to proposals that will allow the applicant to work at the law school and that address land and water conservation and stewardship and sound natural resource management in Indian country, and that have as at least one objective illuminating such issues for the benefit of tribal governments. Applicants may develop their own proposals but should consult with the appropriate organization with whom they wish to work and the Natural Resources Law Center to ensure the feasibility of the project. Applicants must have a mentor (faculty or other) who will provide guidance and help ensure that the fellow will succeed in the project.
Salary is $4,000 per month for 12-15 months. Start date is flexible but sooner is better (early August at the latest). The position is full-time, but someone who wanted to work part-time for a couple of months while studying for the Bar Exam might be accomodated. Salary would be prorated accordingly.
Through the David H. Getches and Piton Foundation Public Service Fellowship, Colorado Law will enable a recent graduate (the “Getches-Piton Fellow” or the “Fellow”) to undertake a public service project. The core requirement of the project is that the recent graduate support the Piton Foundation’s Children’s Corridor initiative, with the Fellow taking on projects related to legal services—working with an external partner organization (e.g., Colorado Legal Services) and/or the Colorado Law Clinical Program—to support the health, welfare, and well-being of the children in that area.
The Fellow could assist with a range of issues affecting children in the area, including divorce, child support, parenting time, parenting time and the intersection of criminal matters (e.g., domestic violence or substance use) with government benefits and legal guardianship issues. In so doing, the Fellow could work with existing community-based organizations to improve the lives of the children in the area by addressing unmet and unattended legal needs. Work could include either direct legal services work to support the unmet needs of the children in that community, advocacy and policy work related to broader social welfare policy issues facing those children (including the issues above or other policy concerns such as truancy reduction or youth aging out of foster care), or a combination of both direct legal services and advocacy and policy work.
The Getches-Piton Fellowship will be awarded to a recent graduate of Colorado Law (preference for students graduating in May 2013) who has a demonstrated interest in issues affecting children, with preference given to those who took a relevant clinic. The Fellow must be a self-starter who can define, develop, and implement a project and set of duties over the one-year term of the fellowship.
Through this fellowship program, recent graduates (the “Fellows”) of the University of Colorado Law School (“Colorado Law”) work full-time for, and under the supervision of, the Denver City Attorney’s Office (the “DCAO”). Colorado Law and the DCAO expect this program to provide meaningful work experience to the Fellows and the Fellows to provide valuable work to the DCAO.
Fellows work for approximately 11 months, beginning in the fall and continuing through the summer (employment is at will, but this is expected to be an 11-month fellowship, with the understanding that the DCAO may continue to employ any of the Fellows beyond the duration of the program).
Currently, there are six Fellows, and each works for one of the following divisions of the DCAO:
Fellows must be hard-working, energetic, able to connect effectively with clients and colleagues, and capable of handling significant responsibility immediately. In addition, Fellows must contribute to the diverse and creative thinking of the DCAO and must show initiative and seek out projects and feedback.
When the DCAO is accepting applications for this program (typically a cover letter, resume, and writing sample), we will email the graduating class and post the opportunities in CDOnline. Representatives of the DCAO will review and screen applications, interview finalists, and select the Fellows. Applicants may apply to more than one of the divisions of the DCAO.
Through the Judicial Fellowship Program ("JFP"), Colorado Law hires recent Colorado Law graduates to work for judges and select other approved (typically government) employers during a five-month period (up to 500 hours total per graduate). The JFP is meant to provide recent graduates with meaningful work experience, enable recent graduates to focus on professional development, facilitate networking and resume development that will further recent graduates’ career and employment goals, and serve the legal community, particularly the judiciary.
Fellows generally work from October until February up to 500 paid hours (but no more than 40 hours in any work week). Fellows must track and report their hours. Pay is bi-weekly and subject to tax and other required withholding. Colorado Law provides workers’ compensation insurance for Fellows, but cannot provide any other benefits.
Fellows must produce work of the highest quality, meet all deadlines, communicate any delays to a supervisor, and finish all assigned work before the end of the Fellowship. Each Fellow must attend at least two professional development events (e.g., bar association, CLE, or legal community events that help build skills or connections) during the Fellowship.
At the conclusion of the Fellowship period, each Fellow must submit:
When applications are available (typically in August/September), we email the recent graduates through the class email list and post the opportunities in CDOnline.