Many Colorado Law graduates choose to work as a judicial clerk for one- or two-year terms for state or federal courts.

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 post-graduate state and federal clerkships. Twenty-eight members of the class of 2020 accepted post-graduate clerkships. Eleven of these graduates are working in federal courts, 7 in state appellate courts, and 10 with state trial courts.

Members of the Class of 2020 are currently serving as clerks for judges in the:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Alaska
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Nothern District of New York
  • New Mexico Judicial Branch, 6th Judicial District Court
  • Alaska State Supreme Court
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • Colorado Court of Appeals
  • Colorado District Courts in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and Golden

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 six years, we have placed an average of 28 graduates per year in clerkships.

Class Year Post-Grad Judicial Clerkships Federal State Appellate State Trial
Class of 2020 28 11 7 10
Class of 2019 28 6 9 13
Class of 2018 32 2 10 20
Class of 2017 28 2 14 12
Class of 2016 21 3 8 10
Class of 2015 32 6 11 15