Professionalism

At Colorado Law, we believe that learning how to be an effective professional is just as important as learning the law. 

To foster our students' professional preparedness and sense of professionalism, we have developed the Colorado Law Professionalism "How To" Spring Series.  Each session in the series focuses on a different skill necessary for a successful professional future and provides a supportive environment for students to ask questions, increase their competencies, and connect with valuable professional resources. 

The Spring 2015 "How To" sessions include:

  • How to Own Your Career and Take the Initiative | January 27, 2015 at noon
    • As you begin to search for your first legal job, you likely have many questions about how to begin developing your legal career. The professionalism series will kick off with this great opportunity to engage with an experienced federal appellate judge on the Tenth Circuit. Come and join this conversation about career entrepreneurship with Dean Weiser and Judge Ebel. Lunch will be provided.
  • How to Find Your Passion and Look Beyond Grades | February 5, 2015 at noon
    • Concerned about your grades? Still unsure about the type of lawyer you want to be? It can be difficult for law students to have the appropriate perspective on grades — most students overemphasize their significance. The panelists will talk about ways to look beyond grades and find strategies to build a satisfying, meaningful career. This panel will be focused on helping you identify the substantive interests and passions that will define your legal career. Lunch will be provided. 
  • How to Build Your Professional Reputation (choose one session) | February 26, 2015 at noon
    • These three sessions will be held simultaneously, each focused on a particular practice area. We will have several panelists at each session to offer advice on how you can best prepare yourself for a position in a particular field.  What are the important competencies you should be focused on? What do employers look for when hiring students or law school graduates? What are the professionalism issues that arise for attorneys in their area practice? How can you begin to build a professional reputation that will lead to success in a particular field of law? Lunch will be provided. 
  • How to Handle Diversity and Inclusiveness Issues in the Workplace | March 12, 2015 at noon
    • In this session, join Dean Weiser and a panel of attorneys to talk about strategies for issues related to diversity in the workplace. How have diverse attorneys found success in the workplace given cultural constraints, cultural norms, and the tension of balancing work and the rest of life? Why is diversity and inclusiveness important and valuable in a legal workplace? What are some of the unique challenges faced by underrepresented groups, and how do people overcome these challenges? Lunch will be provided.
  • How to Build Professional Relationships | April 2, 2015 at 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    • This very popular session, led by Jason Mendelson, provides practical advice on how to build professional relationships. What strategies do successful professionals use? The panel session will be followed by a reception where students will rotate in small groups to practice interacting with local attorneys. If you plan to attend, please RSVP here. We want to be sure that we have enough attorneys to interact with all of you, and the right amount of food for the reception. Light appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be served.

In 2013, Heather Jarvis, a nationally renowned student loan expert, presented a session titled "How To Make Smart Loan & Debt Management Choices." She provided valuable strategies for borrowing and paying back your student loans. The following links were included in Heather's powerpoint presentation and should be helpful references as you make borrowing and repayment decisions.

3Ls in particular will also benefit from reading Heather's recent article,"Student Loan Timeline for Graduating Students."