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 2016 "How To" sessions include:

  • How to Find Your Passion and Look Beyond Grades | January 14, 2016 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 as the only metric of their success, and will focus on helping you identify the substantive interests and passions that will define your legal career. Lunch will be provided.
  • Lawyering with Integrity | February 16, 2016 at noon
    • The Rules of Professional Conduct do not cover every ethical situation you will face in legal practice—so how do you prepare for those ethical gray areas? Amy DeVan, a 2001 Colorado Law alumna and attorney ethics expert, will lead a discussion on how students can develop the skills to become ethical lawyers with character and integrity. It is up to each of us to define the type of lawyer we want to become, and this session will help you start the process now.
  • Networking with Professionals in Tech/Transactional World | February 25, 2016, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
    • In coordination with Professor Brad Bernthal, Leeds Entrepreneurs Association, and Silicon Flatirons, this session will begin with a panel discussion on practical networking skills. A reception will follow where students will rotate in small groups to practice interacting with law students, business students, and local tech entrepreneurs.
  • Building Your Professional Reputation | March 15, 2016 at noon
    • These three sessions will be held simultaneously, each focused on a particular practice area. Panelists will discuss building their professional reputations in their specific fields and will offer advice on how students can market themselves, develop valuable competencies, and build their reputation and career. Lunch will be provided.
  • How to Own Your Career and Take Initiative | March 17, 2016 at noon
    • As you begin to search for your first legal job, you likely have many questions about how to begin developing your career. Join Judge David Ebel, an experienced federal appellate judge on the Tenth Circuit, for a conversation on career entrepreneurship. Lunch will be provided.
  • Finding Your Path as a Diverse Attorney: Stories from the Frontlines | April 19, 2016 at noon
    • In this session, join Dean Weiser and a panel of attorneys to discuss issues related to diversity in the workplace. How have diverse attorneys navigated their career paths after graduation, found mentors, and overcome obstacles? Why is diversity and inclusiveness important and valuable in a legal workplace? Lunch will be provided.

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."