Colorado Pledge to Diversity Program

The Colorado Pledge to Diversity in the Workplace Committee is a group of law firms and corporations in Colorado that have pledged to hire and retain more diverse attorneys. As part of this commitment, the Committee hires diverse (including GLBT) law students (1Ls and 2LEs) as law clerks during the summer after their first year of law school. The Committee also awards book scholarships to diverse DU and CU law students each year.

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  • Colorado Supreme Court Diversity Fellowship Program
    Each year, from October through April, the Colorado Supreme Court employs 2 diverse students (3Ls) from DU and 2 from CU as law clerks. The application and interview process usually begin in March or April of 2L. The students selected work 10 hours per week from October through April during 3L with time off for test periods and breaks. In the past, students have been compensated $15 per hour but that depends entirely on yearly funding by the state. Applications are due in April. Deadlines and information will be sent to students by email.

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Jobs and Internships

  • Colorado Court of Appeals Diversity Internship Program
    2 diverse law students will be selected to intern for the Colorado Court of Appeals during the spring semester each year; applications are due in early November.
  • Law Student Internships in the 4th Judicial District in Colorado Springs
    Students rotate among judges – Positions are unpaid internships but private funding is available through the Sachs Foundation for African American students who are residents of Colorado – Sponsored by the El Paso County Bar Diversity Committee. Application deadline March.
  • Holland & Hart Diversity Law Clerk Program
    A diverse 2L or 3L will be hited to work 10 hours per week during the school year.
  • Kamlet Shepherd Advantage Clerkship Program
    A diverse incoming 1L is selected before starting law school; the program involves paid summer employment for 10 weeks during the summer after first year and mentoring throughout law school.
  • MICJob List Serve reaches a diverse group of over 1000 attorneys.

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Other scholarships:

  • Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship Program for first-year law students
    Awards $15,000 to two minority first-year law students. One student will work in the Washington, DC office, and another in the New York, NY office, as summer associates. Applications will be accepted through mid-January.
  • Dorsey and Whitney
    A $10,000 scholarship plus paid summer employment to a diverse 1L student
  • DRI (Defense Research Institute) Law Student Diversity Scholarship
    $10,000 scholarship awarded to diverse 2L law student.
  • Faegre & Benson
    A $10,000 scholarship plus paid summer employment to a diverse 1L student
  • Faegre & Benson’s Joe Montano Scholarship for 2Ls and 3Ls
    Plan to attend the reception announcing the scholarship recipients in early October 2007 at the law school (watch for details and invitation via email).
  • Fish & Richardson PC
    A law firm with ten offices in various cities in the US, is offering a $5000 scholarship plus paid summer employment to diverse 1Ls. Applications are due January 16th.
  • Floyd Marks Scholarship
    $1000 scholarship presented at the Adams County Bar Assn. Law Day Breakfast in the spring; deadline is usually early April (Student Affairs will advertise this scholarship)
  • Holland & Hart Summer 2008 Diversity Scholarship
    For a 2nd or 3rd year evening DU or CU law student that will include a $10,000 scholarship (to be applied toward the student’s 3rd year tuition expense) plus a paid Summer 2008 Clerkship at Holland & Hart
  • James E. Bye Scholarship
    Offered by Holme Roberts & Owen to 1 diverse 1L or 2LE DU law student each year. Student selected will work at the law firm during the summer after first year and receive a half-tuition scholarship for second year of law school. Applications coincide with the Pledge to Diversity application process. Attend informational sessions in early November at the law school.
  • Latham & Watkins
    Through its Latham Diversity Scholars Program, awards a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship to each of four second-year law students for use duringhis or her third year of law school. Applications are due August 1st.
  • Loyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship
    Available to an incoming law student from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.
  • Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship
    A scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded to a law student who contributes to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal career. The scholarship program is open to students currently in their first or second year of law school and the recipient must be a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrate a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.
  • Paul D. White Scholarship
    Offered by Baker & Hostetler to 1 DU or CU 1L or 2LE diverse student for employment as a summer law clerk after their first year plus a bonus awarded at the end of the summer; applications due in January each year. Attend informational sessions in early November at the law school.
  • Richard D. Hailey ATLA (Assoc. of Trial Lawyers of America) Scholarships
    $1000 scholarships awarded to minority law students interested in pursuing plaintiffs trial work.
  • Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons’ Mike Nosler Scholarship for 2Ls
    Paid part-time employment at the firm during second semester of second year plus $10,000 scholarship to pay for tuition during third year
  • Tim Schimberg Scholarship
    Awarded in the fall (will be advertised by Student Affairs)
  • Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP Diversity Scholarship Program
    $2000 scholarships awarded to minority law students interested in pursuing careers in patent law.

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Web Sites and Organizations

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