4th Judicial District Attorney – Internship Program
The 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has trained future prosecutors who have developed into leaders within our Office and moved on to successful careers in other District Attorneys’ Offices all over Colorado for more than thirty years. We provide aspiring attorneys with an unparalleled opportunity to gain experience in the courtroom. Our interns learn how to be ethical, fair and professional attorneys. Our internships provide hands-on opportunities to learn whether you have what it takes to be a prosecutor, all under the guidance of our prosecution staff. Former attorney interns make up about 20% of our current lawyers. Our Internship Program at the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is a training ground for first, second, and third-year law school students looking for experience as prosecutors. We offer a variety of opportunities and positions based on your year in law school. No other District Attorney’s Office in Colorado offers 2L and 3L interns the courtroom experience that we do in the 4th Judicial District.
1Ls will have the opportunity to gain experience in a busy prosecution office, including working in both District Court (Felony) and County Court (Misdemeanors and Traffic). 1L interns spend most of their time working in District Court. They are paired with an experienced Senior Deputy District Attorney who manages a team of felony level prosecutors. Interns will assist in court proceedings, conduct legal research and writing, work on at least one homicide case, and observe the problem-solving courts and felony jury trials. In addition, our 1L interns spend one day per week assisting in County Court and learning about our 2L/3L Internship Program.
2L and 3L interns can work and practice in County Court under the Colorado Student Practice Act. These interns work side-by-side with County Court Prosecutors. They participate in our extensive training program in County Court and, after several weeks of training, interns are assigned to a County Court DA and immersed in County Court. Over the course of a summer internship, most 2L/3L interns try 3-5 county court cases and litigate many different types of pre-trial motions. Interns help prepare dockets and prepare cases for trial.
This opportunity can be experienced as a summer internship or semester in practice. Our 1L internships are unpaid. We offer compensation to our 2L/3L interns. If you are selected as a 2L/3L intern, you may work for credit or pay under the Colorado Student Practice Act (CSPA) as governed by Colorado Court Rule 205.7.
Our recruiting begins in August for the following summer. Students interested in “semester in practice” opportunities are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We value the work and effort of our interns. They are trained and treated as professional, practicing prosecutors. With this model, we routinely make job offers, contingent on admission to the Colorado Bar, to successful 2L and 3L interns before graduation.
Please refer to:
CPSA, Colorado Court Rule 205.7
Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct
Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor, Rule 3.8
The 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is located in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is committed to our community and our mission to administer justice, advocate for victims and partner with law enforcement and citizens in this community for the deterrence and prevention of crime. The office has a staff of 225 employees comprised of attorneys, investigators, and support personnel.
The Internship Program at the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office allows for 1Ls to gain hands on legal experience and allows for 2Ls and 3Ls to practice law as a DA intern under Colorado’s Student Practice Act. 1L interns are paired with an experienced Senior Deputy District Attorney’s. 2L and 3L interns are assigned to County Court and will spend their day performing the same daily tasks as an actual Deputy District Attorney in County Court and will have the opportunity to argue, try cases before juries and make plea offers. 2L and 3L interns will have the opportunity to learn trial preparation skills and assist in the prosecutorial experience through the preparation of motions, reviewing case reports and observing Deputy District Attorney’s in the First Appearance Center.
1L interns will be assigned to a Senior prosecutor in District Court (Felony) and assist with a variety of court appearances, research and writing projects and have the opportunity to observe criminal jury trials and specialty courts. In addition, 1L interns will spend one day per week working in County Court (Misdemeanors and Traffic) assisting with case preparation and learning about our 2L/3L internship program.
1L, 2L, or 3L Juris Doctorate Student from an ABA accredited law school and valid Driver’s License.
2L and 3L interns must meet the qualifications practice under the Colorado Student Practice Act.
· Principles of constitutional law
· Principles of substantive criminal law
· Principles of procedural criminal law
· Relevant laws pertaining to the presentation of evidence
· Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court case law
SKILLS and ABILITIES
Ability to organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow up on assignments with minimal direction. Ability to apply logical thinking to solve complicated problems or accomplish complex tasks. Effective and clear communication skills with colleagues, staff members, agency representatives, judicial officers and the general public. Skilled at drafting and responding to legal motions. Ability to exercise independent judgment, tact and initiative within established guidelines.â€¯