Thank you so much for your interest in supervising DU Law students enrolled in the Public Interest Practicum program!

The Practicum program is one of the two externship programs available at DU Law School:

Legal Externships are semester-long placements wherein students work between 100 to 300 hours. Please review the Legal Externship Office website to determine if that program meets your particular needs.

Public Interest Practicums are fifty-hour public interest projects that students undertake under the supervision of attorneys who have been licensed at least three years. The Practicum program has the following requirements:

  • Students in the Practicum may only work for a non-profit organization, government agency, for a judge, or in a private law firm doing pro bono or low bono (significantly reduced rate) work.
  • The Public Interest Practicum Program requires a minimum of 50 hours of work, as opposed to the Externship Program, which requires a minimum of 100 hours of work. The Public Interest Practicum program is also not tied to the semester schedule; students may enroll throughout each semester and can even straddle semesters if necessary.
  • Because students enrolled in the Practicum are working fewer hours, it is often a useful opportunity for attorneys to get student assistance on discrete research or writing projects, although practicum opportunities are by no means limited to such projects.

If you have a particular project or internship opportunity that you would like to promote to the students at DU Law School, please contact Alexi Freeman, Director of Public Interest, at or by phone at 303-871-6788.