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Office of Career Development & Opportunities
The mission of the Office of Career Development & Opportunities is to provide assistance to students as they conduct their job search 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 transitions from law into non-traditional fields. 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 presents a Mock Interview Day for students wishing to practice their interviewing skills with attorneys from the Denver legal community. 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 a number of workshops on the nuts and bolts of finding a job.
Our office of consultants (all of whom are former practitioners), provides one-on-one career consulting sessions during which we assist students in identifying career goals and mapping out job search strategies (first year students eligible after November 1). 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 Fall of each year, legal employers visit our campus to interview students for summer clerkships and first year associate positions. Prior to the OCI season, career consultants are available to assist students who choose to submit their materials for consideration.
Students and alumni can access a proprietary 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. We also maintain a database of job openings, DU Law Careers Online, which can be accessed on-line.
The Office of Career Development & Opportunities 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 fall and again in the spring. This provides students with an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills with attorneys from the legal community.
- Government Employment
A variety of programs provide students with an opportunity to hear from a variety of government 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 Denver City Attorney, U.S. Attorney, SEC and others.
- Resume/Cover Letter Writing Workshops
Students learn to prepare effective legal 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.
- Public Interest Career Fair
Through the DU/CU 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 and the mechanics of applying for these positions.
- Law Practice Specialty Series
Several times during the semester, attorneys practicing in various law specialty areas speak to students about their work. A different practice area is featured at each session. Past topics have included employment law, real estate, intellectual property, family law, environmental law, sports and entertainment law, and many more.
- Career Information Fair
An annual event (traditionally held at the beginning of the Spring semester) in which employers staff booths to provide information on their organizations. This is a great opportunity to network and learn about traditional and alternative career options.
- Partners at Law (PALS)
Hosting on-campus dinners and brunches where students meet informally with practicing attorneys.
Alumni Volunteer Network
The Alumni Volunteer Network 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.