Many Colorado Law graduates choose to work as a judicial clerk for one- or two-year terms in what is often referred to as a "J.D. Post-Doc."

No matter what the setting, a judicial clerkship provides a unique experience for new attorneys with numerous benefits, including the opportunity to:

  • View the judicial system from the other side of the bar;
  • Continue developing analytical, legal research, and writing skills;
  • Create a mentor/mentee relationship with a judge; and
  • Acquire a respected professional credential.

Recent Graduates' Clerkships

In recent years, Colorado Law has enjoyed great success in placing its graduates in state and federal clerkships. Thirty-two members of the class of 2015 accepted post-graduate clerkships. Six of these graduates are working in federal courts, 25 with state-level appellate and courts of last resort, and 1 with a tribal court. Nineteen members of the class of 2014 and 24 members of the class of 2013 obtained post-graduate clerkships as well.

Members of the Class of 2015 are currently serving as clerks for judges in the:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th and 8th Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Districts of Colorado, Nevada, and Vermont
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • Colorado Court of Appeals
  • Colorado District Courts in Boulder, Brighton, Denver, Fort Collins, Golden, and Greeley
  • Intertribal Court of Southern California
  • New Hampshire Superior Court

Colorado Law’s recent successes are indicative of our strong commitment to helping students begin their legal careers in these valuable positions. Over the past five years, we have placed an average of 26 graduates per year in clerkships.