The Colorado Law Externship Program is offered year-round (Fall, Spring and Summer semesters). Students may extern at governmental and non-profit organizations and agencies. Students may work in all three branches of the government, including state and federal judicial chambers, executive agencies, and legislative offices. As per the Law School Rules, Colorado Law students may not extern at private, for-profit law firms or corporations. Students may not be paid for the hours where academic credit is sought. Students may not complete remote externships. Externship sponsors are not limited to agencies and organizations that have sponsored externs in the past. Students must be supervised by a licensed attorney at their agency.
Students may receive 2, 3 or 4 credits for an externship in a semester, unless special approval has been granted for a single semester 7-credit externship in Colorado or a single semester 10-credit externship at a national or international placement. 50 hours of work time is required for each externship credit. Students interested in seeking special approval for a 7 or 10 credit externship should consult with the Director of Experiential Learning about additional program requirements. Students can only participate in ONE externship per semester (i.e., a student cannot complete a 2-credit externship at the Colorado Supreme Court and a 2-credit externship at the AG's Office in the same semester).
Externship Program Description Agreement documents must be received no later than the Monday prior to the first day of class for the semester for which externship credit is to take place. Externship enrollment, if the placement is approved, will appear on a student's schedule after attending the first Externship class session.
Special Note about Colorado's Student Practice Act:
Law students who have completed at least two years of law school may appear in court pursuant to Colorado Rule of Civil Procedure 205.7. A student must file a certification that he or she has completed two years of law school and is of good moral character. To file this certification, print the form, complete the first two sections, bring the form to the Dean's Suite, and deposit it in the drop box labeled "FORMS," outside office 326H. The Registrar will then complete and submit the form.
The student must also provide the name of the supervising attorney and an anticipated graduation date. Work must be performed for an attorney in the public sector, i.e., the Public Defender's Office or District Attorney's Office; or on behalf of a non profit legal services organization where poor or legally underserved persons receives legal advice.