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Office of Career Development & Opportunities
The mission of the Office of Career Development & Opportunities is to provide assistance to students with their career planning and job searching during law school and following graduation as they seek permanent positions. The Office of Career Development also assists alumni of the Sturm College of Law as they make job changes or career transitions. A broad spectrum of services and resources are provided. The CDO’s professional consulting team provides one-on-one career consultation sessions in which they assist students in identifying career goals and mapping out job search strategies. They also critique students’ resumes and cover letters and advise students on effective interviewing and networking techniques. The CDO offers mock interviews for students wishing to practice their interviewing skills. In addition, they offer a number of career education programs that allow students the opportunity to interface with members of the professional community in a variety of settings. The CDO sponsors and presents workshops on the nuts and bolts of finding a job.
Our office of consultants (all of whom have worked in the legal industry) provides one-on-one career consulting sessions during which we assist students in identifying career goals and mapping out job search strategies. Our office is comprised of four teams including private sector, public sector, J.D. Advantage, and judicial clerkships. Our staff is also available to critique resumes and cover letters, as well as advise students and alumni regarding effective interviewing and networking techniques.
On-Campus Interviews (OCI)
In the late summer/early fall of each year, public and private sector legal employers visit our campus to interview students for summer clerkships and first year associate positions. A smaller number of employers participate in our spring semester OCI program. Career consultants are available to assist students with all phases of the OCI program.
Students and alumni can access our web-based system called DU Law Careers Online to identify and research specific job openings.
The Office of Career Development & Opportunities maintains a Resource Center with many career development materials. Students are welcome to review these materials during our regular office hours. Students also have full access to the CDO’s blog, Denver Law Career Connection, which contains resources about interviewing, OCIs, job searches, and much more.
The CDO presents many helpful programs and workshops throughout the year addressing various aspects of career development. Representative programs include:
- Mock Interviews
In addition to the mock interviews our staff conducts with students on an as-needed basis, our office presents a Mock Interview Day in the late summer and again in the spring. This provides students with an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills with attorneys from the legal community.
- Government Employment
The CDO provides students with an opportunity to hear from a variety of government and public interest attorneys about practicing law in the public sector. In the past, presenters have included representatives from the US Department of Justice, Colorado Attorney General’s Office, various local district attorneys’ offices, the Colorado Public Defender, the Denver City Attorney, U.S. Attorney, SEC, nonprofits, and others.
- Resume/Cover Letter Writing Workshops
Students learn to prepare effective resumes and cover letters from Career Consultants in the Office of Career Development & Opportunities.
- Interviewing/Networking Workshops
Students are instructed on how to develop successful interviewing and networking skills.
- Government & Public Interest Career Fair
Through the DU/CU Government & Public Interest Career Fair (PICF) students are provided with opportunities to explore careers in public interest law. The PICF is held each year at either Denver Law or Colorado Law in alternating years and hosts more than 50 government and public interest employers.
- Judicial Clerkship Workshops
These workshops provide extensive information about the value of judicial clerkships, the mechanics of applying for these positions and how students can optimize their chances in competing for these prestigious positions.
- Law Practice Specialty Series
The CDO frequently offer programs presenting attorneys practicing in various law specialty areas speak to students about their work.. Past topics have included criminal law, employment law, real estate, construction, intellectual property, family law, environmental law, and many more.
- JD Advantage Careers
“JD Advantage” is a phrase the ABA uses to describe a category of jobs “for which bar passage is not required but for which a JD degree provides a distinct advantage.” A JD Advantage career path allows students and graduates to use the law degree to obtain non-traditional lawyer jobs. Examples of growing trends in JD Advantage jobs include Compliance, Health Care, Contracts Administration and Privacy/Data Transfer careers.
- Partners at Law (PALS)
Hosting on-campus dinners where students meet informally with practicing attorneys.
Alumni Volunteer Network
The Alumni Volunteer Network (AVN) provides a unique opportunity for students to make valuable connections with alumni to learn about specific areas of practice and/or other career fields. The AVN is an excellent resource for students who are interested in establishing or enhancing a professional network.
Denver Law students have access to Alumnifire&, an exciting networking platform for all of the University of Denver’s alumni and students. Alumnifire lets students leverage the connection capabilities of LinkedIn and the robust job bank of Indeed.com.
Diversity Employment Initiatives
Denver Law is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession. The CDO strives to increase access to employment opportunities in the legal field and does so through participation in programs such as the Colorado Pledge to Diversity 1L Summer Clerkship Program, the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals Diversity Internship Programs, a public sector diversity internship program for 2Ls and 3Ls, the Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair, and various scholarship opportunities.