Get started now to secure your Fall Externship!

Hi Denver Law students!   Traditionally, Fall is the semester with the fewest students obtaining an externship for credit.  Act now to start the process of lining up an externship for the 2017 fall semester!  The deadline to secure an externship is August 3rd!

Please see the important information from Legal Externships Director Alexi Freeman below for details, and feel free to contact the CDO for assistance with resume/cover letter reviews and/or mock interview practice that can improve your candidacy for fall externships.  We are happy to meet with you one-on-one to discuss your goals for a fall externship.  We hope you are enjoying your summertime so far too!

Fall Externship Information Sheet

Academic Component: First-Time Extern Seminar and Repeat Externs

  • If you are a first-time extern, you will be required to enroll in a 1 credit seminar, but we will provide more information on the structure, requirements, and timing later this summer.
  • If you are not a first-time extern, you will be designated as a repeat. Repeat externs include students who have successfully completed one externship and one corresponding seminar (this would include students who are currently enrolled as summer externs, for example). Thus, you are exempt from any future seminars after one externship, but will engage in ongoing reflection as required by the ABA; detailed info will be shared at the onset of the semester.


  • The deadline to secure a fall externship is August 3. There is a specific process to register for an externship. Please visit the Fall Externship Information Sheet to learn the process.
  • All first-time externs are required to attend orientation. Orientation will be August 10 from 9:30am to 12pm. This is part of the first-extern seminar and attendance is mandatory.

Current Opportunities

  • A list of current fall externship opportunities is attached to this email. This list is not exhaustive. It only reflects those supervisors who have proactively informed us at this point that they are seeking students. We will update you as we receive additional information. But, our information will not be exhaustive. You can always reach out to confirm availability with the organization before you apply.  Please view the supervisor profile in CORE for detailed information on how to apply.


  • In accordance with new ABA standards, students can now be supervised by non-lawyers, pending approval. All externship placements must provide a substantial lawyering experience that is reasonably similar to the experience of a lawyer advising or representing a client or engaging in other lawyering tasks. We imagine that legislative or compliance placements are examples of the types of placements that might be approved for non-lawyer supervisors, though these examples are not exhaustive. Administrative supervisors (e.g. administrative clerks) or law clerks will likely not be approved.
  • All supervisors, whether they have a JD or not, must have at least five years of experience.
  • All first-time supervisors, whether they have a JD or not, must complete our application (institution code SupervisingAttorney). If you are not sure whether your supervisor is already approved, visit our database and run a search for the name.
  • Every student was provided with a username and password to access the database. Search your inbox for CORE. If you cannot find it, email The database is a great way to search for an externship!

Paid Externships

  • Denver Law now permits students to receive both pay and credit simultaneously. Payment can be in the form of an hourly wage, a stipend, a grant from an outside source, and potentially other options.
  • For more information, please visit the Paid Externships portion of our website. There are specific processes you must follow in order to be approved and ultimately registered for a paid externship.

Student Practice Rule

  • If you have 60 credits by the start of the fall semester and are working at a qualified nonprofit or governmental agency, you can be certified under the Student Practice Rule. Complete this Student Practice Rule form and submit it to our office, signed, via email or in person. It can take up to 2 weeks to process. Please plan in advance!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact or come see us in suite 365.
We look forward to working with you!

Alexi Freeman

Director of Externships & Public Interest Initiatives
Associate Professor of the Practice
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
2255 E. Evans Ave., Room 365M
Denver, CO 80208


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