Student Checklist for Public Interest Practicum

Required Intent Form for Public Interest Practicum

There are a variety of ways to satisfy the Public Service Requirement. These options are listed below.

If you have completed a minimum of 28 academic credit hours, you may satisfy the PSR in any of the following ways:

  • An Externship for credit at a government agency; a judicial agency; a nonprofit (501(c)(3)) organization; or in a private law firm doing 50 hours of pro bono work under the auspices of the Legal Externship Office.
  • An approved Public Interest Practicum or Pro Bono Research Project for either zero or one credit under the auspices of the Public Interest Office.
  • A Sturm College of Law student law clinic under the auspices of the Student Law Office.
  • A pre-approved Sturm College of Law course which has a practical public service component (current pre-approved courses are Federal Appellate Advocacy, Poverty and Low Wage Work In America, Street Law, the Graduate Tax Program’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, Trial Practice III: Instructor’s Practicum, Trial Practice III: Mentor’s Practicum, the International Criminal Law Practicum, Wills Lab, Workplace Rights Project Lab & Seminar, and the Probate Practicum). You must receive a “C” in order for the class to count for the PSR.

If you have completed one academic year (day or evening), even if you have not completed 28 academic credit hours, you may satisfy the PSR in the following way:

If you have a particular project or opportunity that you would like to do, or if you are struggling to find an opportunity, please contact Alexi Freeman, Director of Public Interest, at or by phone at 303-871-6788. We are more than happy to meet with you to help you find a suitable and enjoyable placement!