Summer Law Clerk Internships (8-12)

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POSITIONS  AVAILABLE: Unpaid law clerk positions for law students working with an assigned judicial officer in the 4th Judicial District (Colorado Springs) from May 27th, 2016 through August 3rd , 2016.

PROGRAM  DESCRIPTION: Because the positions are unpaid, the program is designed to allow the law clerk to work approximately half of the week with an assigned judicial officer doing legal research and writing and the other half of the week spent observing jury trials and other courtroom proceedings in Civil, Criminal, Domestic, and Juvenile law.  Most of the work assigned is legal research and writing, however the work can also include minor bailiff and clerical duties. The primary goals of the program are (i) for the students to learn about the daily functioning of a state trial court, (ii) for the students to develop research and writing skills, and (iii) for the students to develop networking opportunities in the Colorado Springs legal community for possible future employment.   For those interns interested in social policy issues there are opportunities to work in a specialty court such as Drug Court, Mental Health Court, and Veterans Court.  Summer interns attend weekly training sessions as a group.  These informal sessions are led by a District Court judge so the students will understand what they are witnessing in the various courtrooms.  These sessions include primers on Criminal and Civil Procedure, primers on Domestic and Juvenile Law, primers on Trial Advocacy and Jury Selection as well as Ethics and Alternate Dispute Resolution.  Summer interns also attend a number of field trips throughout the summer to the offices of the District Attorney, the Public Defender, the Colorado Court of Appeals and the City and County Attorneys Offices.  Other presentations and field trips may include the Office of the Guardian ad Litem, the El Paso County Bar Association, and the Department of Corrections.  The summer is initiated with an informal “get acquainted” dinner and it ends with a BBQ where the interns are invited to give feedback about how the program can be improved.  This program averages between 8 and 12 students per summer.  It has been running for approximately fifteen years, and it enjoys a high rate of success at leading to future employment opportunities.

APPLICATION  INFORMATION: Applications are open to any law student who has completed at least the first year of law school.  Applications may be submitted in the form of a letter of interest and a resume to:  summerlawclerk@gmail.com.  Applicants are interviewed by phone and are notified of the status of their application within a few weeks of the interview.  Interviews are held monthly on a rolling basis until the program is full.  The last day to submit an application is April 15, 2016.  All applicants must pass a background check.

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By John McKee
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