Alternative Spring Break was founded in 2013 as a way for students to gain practical experience in the field of public interest law.  Through the program, Colorado Law sends six students to spend their spring vacations volunteering with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) in New Orleans. SLLS provides free legal assistance to low-income Louisianans on a variety of civil matters. It has substantive units in housing, employment, public benefits, family law, homeless advocacy, consumer law, foreclosure prevention, successions/title clearing, and tax law. 

As volunteers, students spend their days conducting research, drafting memoranda, interviewing clients, and assisting attorneys with a variety of other tasks. Students focus their work on a particular practice area, and they receive guidance from a supervising attorney throughout the week. 

Alternative Spring Break is organized by Colorado Law’s Public Service Pledge Program.  There is annual student meeting in October to discuss the application process for upcoming year’s trip. If you have any questions, please contact Chris McKee at chris.mckee@colorado.edu.