Applications for the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council (DA) Fellowship Program are now open.
Graduating law students will have the opportunity to work as Deputy District Attorneys practicing in rural jurisdictions for one year at full starting salary for that district. This program is a unique cooperative project funded by the Colorado General Assembly through the Colorado Department of Higher Education with significant financial and in kind contributions of CU Law, DU law and CDAC pursuant to Senate Bill 14-174.
Have you been looking for a chance to help a community? Have you been hoping for a chance to hone your trial skills before settling in behind a desk? Are you willing to get that chance while enjoying the more interesting and unique rural communities of Colorado for a year? If so, the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council Fellowship Program may be for you.
Some important details:
Application deadline: Friday, May 21, 2021
Positions available: 2 for DU graduates only
Dates of employment: August 23, 2021-22 – one year
Duties: The same court, trial and prosecution experience of any first year assistant district attorney.
Salary: Standard starting salary for the jurisdiction where the “fellow” is placed.
Through this fellowship program, the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council (“CDAC”) in cooperation with the state’s two outstanding law schools will place recent graduates (“the “Fellows”) of the University of Colorado Law School (“CU Law”) and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (“DU Law”) in positions as full time prosecutors in rural judicial districts within the state of Colorado. *In the unlikely event that there is insufficient interest from the rural districts, other offices will be considered as placement options.
As part of the program, any applicant who accepts a fellowship under this program shall be assigned to serve as a Deputy District Attorney under the direct supervision of one of the Elected District Attorneys around the state for a period of one year. The continued success of this unique program is expressly contingent upon a Fellow fulfilling the terms of the fellowship and fully dedicating himself or herself to the designated community of placement for the entire one year period.
Fellows will work for one year, beginning in early fall 2021. Prior to heading to their assigned jurisdictions, Fellows will receive a full week prosecution, Trial Practice Course jointly provided by CDAC, DU Law and CU Law as part of their placement training. Each Fellow will receive a salary and benefit package commensurate with the starting employment package for their district. All placement locations will be decided solely by the Prosecution Fellowship Committee. This Committee shall be comprised of the Dean of each law school, the Executive Director of CDAC and four of the state’s elected District Attorneys or the designees of any of these individuals.
Fellows must be hard-working and motivated individuals with both a passion for prosecution and a genuine interest in providing an essential public service to Colorado’s rural communities as a prosecutor. Training for the program will take place on August 23-27, 2021 in the Denver Metro area, and Fellows will be paid at their full wage during the training period. This is a mandatory training. Fellows will begin working in their assigned judicial districts the following week unless otherwise arranged between CDAC and the host office. Fellows will be employed at the full wage from this date and will work in the assigned office as a law clerk until bar exam results are received.
Upon admission to the bar, the Fellow will be sworn in as a Deputy District Attorney and begin serving as a full time prosecutor.
In the event that the Fellow fails to be admitted to practice law in Colorado by the date of the Fall Bar Admission Ceremony, the Fellowship shall terminate no later than thirty (30) days following the release of bar results and an alternate applicant may be offered the Fellowship if feasible.
Application packets are due no later than Friday, May 21, 2021 COB.
They must be 100% complete and emailed to CDAC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hard copy, incomplete or partial and/or late applications will be considered with prejudice. Application packets must be sent in as one (1) PDF document and the PDF file name must be titled: Last Name_First Name_Prosecution 2021.
Please put 2021 Prosecution Fellowship as the email subject line.
Eligibility: These positions are only open to persons who received or will receive their J.D. from either the University of Colorado Law School or the University of Denver Sturm College of Law between 9/1/20 and 8/30/21.
Packets must include:
- Completed application form and preferred placement form: both forms available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j3qu24qyv6o6tgf/AADqSTCzugG39gqFGgnq7mXXa?dl=0
- Unofficial Law School Transcript.
- One-page cover letter addressing why you should be chosen, your interest in prosecution and your willingness to commit to working in rural Colorado for one year.
NOTE: if you download the two required forms from the dropbox link and then open them, they will show fillable fields.
This position is contingent on the completion of a pending MOU.
CDO NOTE: The CDO is here to assist you in completing your application materials, and can provide advice about what to include in the cover letter, the preference form, and the program in general.