Hiring a new employee can sometimes feel like a gamble. Is this person qualified? Will this person fit in? Sometimes just getting the word out to the right people can be a challenge. The Office of Career Development can help you not just find someone to fill a position but can also help you fill that position with a highly qualified, well-prepared professional.
We offer a variety of programs and services to assist you in the hiring process, including job posting, on- and off-campus interviewing, hiring assistance, career fairs and other related programs.
DU/CU Legal Residency Program
Law graduates, law firms, and legal departments all face a Catch 22: Everyone wants trained, experienced lawyers. Yet few employers —and even fewer clients—are willing to pay to train new lawyers and provide them with the experience they need in order to excel in their legal careers.
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law has partnered with The University of Colorado Law School to pilot an innovative program to the Colorado legal market: the DU/CU Legal Residency Program. The Legal Residency Program centers on a post-graduate experience that provides new graduates with 12-18 months of valuable legal training and experience, and assists employers with legal staffing at a reasonable cost while helping to train the next generation of lawyers.
How does the Legal Residency Program work? Participating organizations hire one or more residents from a pool of new JD graduates provided exclusively by the two Colorado law schools. Residents work for a 12 to 18 month term depending on the employer’s needs. Employers are not expected to make permanent offers at the end of a residency, though they may do so at their discretion. The Legal Residency is not envisioned as a substitute for first year attorney positions. Instead, it is a unique program designed to provide new lawyers with employment and training opportunities that do not currently exist in the marketplace.
Why should my organization consider the Legal Residency Program? Employers have the benefit of cost-effective assistance from residents coupled with the knowledge that they are contributing to the future of the legal profession. They may also end up discovering high-quality legal talent, and can make hiring decisions after seeing their legal resident “in action,” or base hiring decisions on references from others who have worked extensively with a resident. The Legal Residency Program, the first of its kind in the nation, is a testament to the collective efforts of the two law schools and the Colorado legal community to launch the careers of the next generation of lawyers.
How are legal residents paid? Participating employers determine pay rates for residents. The expectation is that participating employers will pay a reasonable wage, understanding that it will be adjusted downward from traditional entry-level salaries to reflect the different nature of the position (essentially an apprenticeship). For more information regarding how an employer may best determine appropriate salary levels for legal residents, please contact Assistant Dean of Career Development, Eric Bono at [email protected].
How are legal residents supervised, mentored and trained? We ask that employers provide substantive legal or policy work, appropriate supervision and meaningful feedback. We also suggest employers create learning plans and consider entering into agreements with residents that are modeled on the requirements of the Denver Law Legal Externship Program. Under that model, employers and residents establish a Learning Agenda which outlines the type of work the resident performs, the types of skills the resident builds and work-related experiences that strengthen the resident’s professional identity. Of course, the Learning Agenda also establishes the employer’s expectations and sets up a mechanism for regular, meaningful feedback. We are happy to assist employers with this piece of the program upon request. Denver Law will stay in touch with its legal residents, hosting regular meetings/seminars and providing them an opportunity for reflection on their apprenticeship efforts.
How do I hire a legal resident?
Employers interested in hiring a legal resident are encouraged to contact Eric Bono, Assistant Dean for Career Development at 303-871-6478 or [email protected].
Career Development Programming
Each semester, the Office of Career Development presents innovative programming designed to connect students and employers. Our programming is not only beneficial to our students but helps employers build their name recognition on campus, as well. Examples include:
- Mock Interviews
Our office presents an annual Mock Interview Day. This provides students with an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills with attorneys from the legal community. ;
- Law Practice Specialty Series
This series has become a fixture on the CDO program schedule. Several times during the semester, attorneys practicing in various specialty areas speak to students about the substantive and practical realities of working in these specialties. A different practice area is featured at each session. Past topics have included government, employment law, real estate, intellectual property, family law, environmental law, corporate law and many more.
- Partners at Law (PALs)
Every year, the CDO and the Office of Alumni Affairs host dinners and luncheons for students and alumni. This popular program allows students to meet and talk with practicing attorneys in an informal setting.
Career fairs are a great opportunity for you to meet with many enthusiastic and talented law students who are eager to learn about career options and to gain experience in a variety of settings. You will be able to discuss, with interested students, your organizational structure and/or opportunities within your organization.
In the fall and spring of each year, legal employers visit our campus to interview students for summer, academic year, and first-year associate positions. Invitations for the Fall On-Campus Interviews (OCI) are emailed to employers each spring. Interested employers register for OCI through our Denver Law Careers Online Symplicity system. Students apply online by a certain deadline, submitting their resumes and other materials requested by the employer. After the employer has reviewed the applications, they select online which candidates they wish to interview, and selected students select their interview time. Our office provides an on-campus interview room(s). An administrative fee is charged to each employer, with the exception of non-profit and government participants. The fee is also waived for first-time Denver Law OCI participants.
Post A Job
The CDO offers students and alumni access to a web-based system called Denver Law Careers Online (Symplicity), which can be easily accessed by students and alumni for purposes of researching specific job openings.
Employers interested in posting a job may do so by simply completing our online job posting form or calling us at (303) 871-6124. This service is provided free of charge.
- Mock Interviews
Customized Hiring Assistance
Recent Grads Available for Contract/Permanent Work
Need to hire a new attorney or contract staff for a special project but don’t have time to wade through hundreds of resumes? The CDO is in contact with recent grads who are immediately available to meet your needs. We understand how busy you are, so we make it easy to hire Denver Law grads. Whether you are looking for a permanent or contract attorney or a law clerk, full or part-time, we can help you find qualified graduates who meet your hiring needs and save you time in the process.
Please contact Assistant Dean for Career Development Eric Bono at 303.871.6478 or [email protected] for questions or assistance.
Employer Recruiting Guidelines
The Career Development & Opportunities Office at the Sturm College of Law welcomes and encourages employers to connect with our students and alumni for their hiring needs. We are happy to assist in that process through our job postings, On-Campus Interviews, Career Fairs, and more tailored job matching opportunities. We look forward to discussing these options with you to best meet your needs, as well as highlight other ways you can become actively involved with the law school.
As part of our process, we want to make you aware of our non-discrimination policy, which reflects the Sturm College of Law’s and the University of Denver’s values. To post a job or recruit our students on or off campus, employers must agree to this policy. You may view our EEO policy here.
Recruiting Timelines & Guidelines
The Career Development Office at Sturm College of Law has adopted the following recommended guidelines for posting a position and/or recruiting our students for positions. These guidelines are intended for the mutual benefit of and transparent communication between employers, students, and our office. We also educate our students and recommend that students demonstrate professionalism and appropriate communication during all phases of the recruiting and hiring process
- 1L Recruiting Timeline: November 1
To facilitate a smooth beginning to law school, we recommend that employers wait until on or after November 1 to begin outreach to 1L students. Employers with earlier fall application deadlines interested in 1L students may contact our office to discuss.
- Open Offer Period: Under most circumstances, we recommend employers allow students/candidates a minimum of 10-14 days from the date of a written offer to consider the offer and accept or decline.
- Offer Extensions: We recommend extensions be granted by employers for a reasonable time period, under the circumstances, when timely requested by a student/candidate.
- On-Campus Interviews (OCI) are held in early August through mid-September annually for rising upper level (2L, 3L and Part-time Professional JD) students. Employer registration opens in late March/early April. OCI is also available in the spring semester for interested employers.
- Job Postings (outside of OCI): We are happy to post a position for employers at any time throughout the year on our Symplicity site for student, entry-level, or alumni positions. Contact our office to discuss and for assistance in posting.
ADA Compliance and Accommodations
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is committed to providing facilities that are accessible to persons with and without disabilities. If you are visiting the law school for recruiting, programs, or meetings, please contact our office with any special accommodation requests.
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law cordially invites you to participate in our 2018 On-Campus Interview Recruiting Season!
Online registration is NOW available through our Denver Law Careers Online Symplicity system for both On-Campus Interviews and Application Collections. See full details below.
On-Campus Interviews begin August 2! Register NOW to reserve your date.
Whether you are a private or public sector employer, or are seeking students for summer, school year, or permanent positions after graduation, our Office of Career Development stands ready to assist and connect you with our students! In today’s increasingly globalized world with its ever-changing laws, comprehensive legal education demands a healthy dose of practical experience. Denver Law has long been ahead of the curve in providing students with opportunities to learn outside of the classroom, emphasizing writing and practical training, and providing a dynamic, rigorous curriculum. Above all, Denver Law is committed to educating market ready lawyers. We encourage you to meet our students face-to-face this fall through Denver Law’s 2018 On-Campus Interviews (OCI), or alternatively through our Application Collection recruiting option. We are also happy to connect you with our students any time of year with job postings, resume collects, on-campus interviews, and our job matching service.
OCI will begin on August 2 and continue through September 14 as needed, with a few blackout dates. Employers will select their preferred interview date (session) and specify hiring criteria and other details during online registration. Please be as specific and detailed as possible on your criteria (preferred/required), job description, offices interviewing/hiring, materials requested, etc. After the student application deadline (July 16), Employers will be able to view the applications online and determine which students they wish to interview. Interviews will take place in the Sturm College of Law building. (NOTE: If you cannot find a date that meets your schedule, or you decide later in the summer or fall to participate, please contact us directly for assistance. We have a Fall Session II for employers who register or prefer a later date. We offer considerable flexibility in scheduling to accommodate your needs. We are also happy to coordinate our interviews with the University of Colorado at Boulder should you wish to visit both schools in one recruiting trip.)
We request that you register online by Monday, June 4, to reserve a spot for OCI. Register early for the best selection of dates! Interview dates are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration will also increase your exposure among students. You will receive an email confirmation, with your confirmed interview date, within one week of registering. Students will be able to see the employer postings on June 4 and begin applying as of June 11. Their application deadline is July 16.
A fee of $300 will be charged for firms and organizations interviewing on campus. We will, however, waive this fee for government and non-profit agencies, and for firms and organizations recruiting on our campus for the first time (or coming back after a few years). If the fee would be an economic hardship on the employer, please feel free to contact our office to discuss. Please mail your check to our office within ten days of completing your online registration to hold your interview date. Your check should be made payable to the University of Denver. If you need to cancel your on-campus interviews for any reason, you will receive a full refund by notifying us of such cancellation before June 4. After June 4, no refund will be available.
For employers who cannot come to campus, we invite you to participate in our Application Collection program. Employers may register online through our Denver Law Careers Online Symplicity system by choosing this option and selecting their hiring criteria. Students will submit their application materials online, and Employers will then select which students to invite to their office for an interview. Employers may register at any time, but we encourage you to sign up by Monday, June 4, for maximum exposure to students. There is no charge for this service.
Access to Online Fall Recruiting Registration:
Register for Fall 2018 OCI or Application Collection (Resume Collect): https://law-denver-csm.symplicity.com/employers
Employers already having a Denver Law Careers Online Symplicity account will simply log in, select Fall 2018 OCI, and register for a session (Request Schedule). You will be able to include any special notes/requests in the box provided. New Employers/Users will select the Register Tab and receive instructions for setting up a Denver Law Careers Online Symplicity account. Please be as specific and detailed as possible on your criteria (preferred/required), job description, offices interviewing/hiring, materials requested, etc. You may also access Denver Law Careers Online at the above site for non-OCI Job Postings any time of year.
Save the Date:
Additionally, please save the date for Denver Law’s EMPLOYER EXPO, July 24, 5:00-6:30 pm in the Law School Forum. More information about the Expo and how to register will be provided in the next few months.
If you need help with registration, or have questions regarding this process or other services we provide, please contact us at [email protected] or 303.871.6124, and we will be delighted to assist you! We look forward to seeing you on campus!
— Gayle Keahey, Assistant Director for Private Sector Opportunities, [email protected]
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Office of Career Development
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