Experiential learning is a strength at Denver Law. Consider engaging this part of our curriculum early in your second year. The opportunities are many:
- The Student Law Office is home to our six Clinics, where students are given the opportunity to represent real clients with real legal issues. As the attorney on the case, clinic students have the opportunity to develop a variety of skills, including client counseling, interviewing, negotiating, legal writing, oral advocacy, trial skills, etc. The Student Law Office accepts applications from 2Ls (clinic recruiting occurs in the Spring semester of your 1L year for participation in the Fall of your 2L year) as well as 3Ls and 4Ls. Read more about the Denver Law Clinics here or visit the Student Law Office, outside the elevator on the third floor. Watch the Events and Announcements calendars for Clinical Programs information sessions, held throughout the year.
- The Externship Program places students in more than 400 externships per year, allowing students to work in the field under the supervision of an attorney with support from Externship faculty. Many students do their first Externship in the summer following their 1L year. We have placements in all areas of the law and in a great variety of work settings. The Externship Office holds informational meetings throughout the year—see the Events and Announcements calendars. For more information see the Externship webpage or drop by Room 365 (take a left from the elevators and walk towards the stairs) to speak with program coordinator Leann Steele or meet with Externship faculty.
- The second- and third-year curriculum includes many courses in which skills and professional identity formation are taught alongside legal doctrine. On Class Schedules, look for courses marked “EA.”
- We have a strong Trial Advocacy Program, and we offer several courses, including a practicum, in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Along with coursework, students are invited to participate in competitions. These are great opportunities to learn lawyering skills.
- The Lawyering in Spanish Program offers an immersion method of language and law learning. Courses are taught at the law school. Another feature is the popular Summer Program in Guatemala.
The Veterans Advocacy Project (VAP) pairs individual Veterans with teams of Colorado attorneys and Denver Law students. These teams work primarily on VA Disability Benefit Compensation cases at the regional level and up to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington DC.; and on Discharge Upgrade cases.
Crafted to educate students about their professional obligation to perform public service work as practicing attorneys, the Public Interest Requirement (PSR) is more than a graduation requirement. The PSR helps students develop practical lawyering skills by placing them in real work situations while raising awareness among students of meaningful public interest opportunities in the community.