Post-Graduate Fellowships

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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 complete payroll paperwork and come to the Dean's Suite to show a photo ID and Social Security card. 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

David H. Getches Native American and Natural Resources Law Fellowship

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.

Denver City Attorney's Office

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 one year, beginning in the fall (employment is at will, 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:

  • Civil Litigation (three Fellows, one of whom will focus on employment law matters)
  • Human Services
  • Municipal Operations
  • Airport
  • Prosecution and Code Enforcement

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. 

Judicial Fellowship Program

Through the Judicial Fellowship Program ("JFP"), Colorado Law hires recent Colorado Law graduates to work up to 500 hours each for judges, courts, or certain government agencies during the months of October through March. The JFP is meant to provide recent graduates with meaningful work experience; enable recent graduates to focus on professional development while seeking long-term, full-time employment; facilitate networking and resume development that will further recent graduates’ career and employment goals; and serve the legal community, particularly the judiciary.

Members of the Class of 2016 (including December 2015 graduates) can apply for the JFP beginning September 1, 2016. We consider applications on a rolling basis, and encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible after September 1.

Information about the 2016-2017 JFP is available on our Judicial Fellowship Program page.