We work with a wide range of employers, including law firms, judges, businesses, government agencies, and public interest organizations. Our law students are interested in both traditional and nontraditional legal internships, as well as entrepreneurial opportunities where they can employ their analytical abilities, research and writing skills, and sound judgment.
You can connect with law students and graduates in a number of ways. Our students are currently seeking Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and post-graduate opportunities. We are happy to assist you with:
- Creating an online job posting so all current students and graduates can view a description of the position and application instructions. Once posted and approved, you will receive an email to confirm the posting on our password-protected jobs database, CDOnline.
- Colorado Law believes in inclusive and transparent hiring within the legal profession. In accordance with Colorado Law’s Anti-Racism and Representation Initiative, Colorado Law’s Career Development Office (CDO) is now requiring that all job opportunities shared by employers with the CDO must be advertised publicly through the CDO’s jobs database, CDOnline. This practice will help reduce the risk of implicit bias associated with unadvertised opportunities.
- If you do not have time to complete the online form, please email the details of your positon to Todd Rogers for advertisement on CDOnline.
- Ideally fall semester opportunities are posted June 1 – July 15, spring semester opportunities from October 1 – November 15, and summer jobs from February 1 – March 15.
- Scheduling interviews at Colorado Law. Each year, we welcome over 70 employers to Colorado Law to interview students for academic-credit externships as well as paid or unpaid internships at government and non-profit institutions; paid internships with law firms and businesses; and post-graduate employment. For multiple reasons, we moved our Fall On-Campus Interview and Resume Collect Program (“OCI”) program to early 2021. We made this decision after consulting with our students and various employers, considering the law schools around the country that have already moved Fall OCI to a later date, and from guidance from our administration on the health and safety of our campus. Since our Spring 2020 semester has switched to a pass/fail grading system, our current 2Ls will have two semesters of letter grades for Spring 2021 OCI. We also anticipate that many employers will have a better sense of their hiring needs for summer and/or post-graduate 2021 positions at that time. We are still working out the details and timing. More information will be forthcoming in the coming months.
Others Ways to Engage with Students
Employers can also connect with our students by:
- Participating in mock interviews and panel discussions
- Serving as a mentor
- Joining us for Wednesday Morning Coffee. Every other week, the CDO sponsors Wednesday Morning Coffee to give students a chance to meet professionals in an informal setting. Our guests have the opportunity to talk with students in a small group and answer career-related questions. (This program has been postponed due to COVID-19.)
- Participating in career symposia and speaker series relevant to your area of practice
- Conducting informational interviews with our students
- Judging a student competition
- Working with student groups
- Hosting an on- or off-campus event
- Critiquing a student resume or writing sample
If you are interested in any of these engagement opportunities, please contact Todd Rogers.
Colorado Law Policies
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Colorado Law School Career Development Office provides its students and graduates with equal opportunity to obtain employment without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status. By utilizing the services and facilities of the Career Development Office you are agreeing to abide by that principle and to comply with the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws established by the federal and Colorado governments.
Timing of Offers and Decisions
In light of the changes to NALP’s recruitment guidelines, Colorado Law has published its General Standards for the Timing of Offers and Decisions. If you have any questions about these new standards, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Colorado Law policy restricts posting volunteer or for-credit positions to government or non-profit institutions only. We do not offer credit for unpaid internships with for-profit organizations, nor are we posting these type of positions on CDOnline (12Twenty).
For a description of our externship program, through which students can receive academic credit for work performed under attorney supervision at a government agency or nonprofit entity, visit our Externship page. You may also read Rule 205.7, Law Student Practice, in the Colorado Supreme Court's Rules Governing Admission to the Practice of Law in Colorado (pages 38-41).
Like many other law schools, Colorado Law limits rankings to the upper tier of the class. This change followed studies and surveys of employers initiated and conducted by the students, and it affects the Class of 2008 and all subsequent classes. The rules regarding rankings are as follows:
- Only the top 1/3 of students in each class receive individual numerical rankings. There is no ranking of students below the top 1/3 of each class.
- A student may at any time request a copy of her or his transcript with no rank (individual or percentage) printed on it.
- First-year students do not receive rankings (either individual or percentage) after their first semester of study; instead, ranking of the first year class will be done only after second semester grades are submitted.
- The numerical grade cut-off for the top 1/3 is publicly available. No other rank/grade relationship (e.g., 50th percentile) is available.
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.