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Summer Fellowships: Deadline Extended & Eligible Employment Expanded


Applications for Colorado Law’s Summer Fellowship program were due on Friday, March 20 (see the Summer Fellowship page for more information).

Given the extraordinary set of circumstances surrounding interviewing for and securing summer 2020 employment, the Career Development Office is reopening the following fellowship applications through 11:59 pm on April 3. Applications will be accepted only through the CDOnline postings, and no applications will be accepted after April 3:

  1. Public Service Summer Fellowship (PSSF) (#28513)
  2. Sandgrund Environmental Law Summer Fellowship (#28517)
  3. International Public Service Summer Fellowship (#28519)
  4. Squire Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship (#28526)

April 3 is a hard deadline, so applications submitted for one of the four fellowships above must be complete. For this year’s awards only, judicial interns who do not have other paid legal work will be considered for a summer fellowship. Students with summer 2020 judicial internships should apply for funding only through the PSSF. Please note we will accept applications from students still seeking summer work with qualifying employers. Those applications must also be submitted by the extended deadline. Those students can submit a placeholder document for their employer letter/email. Students must update Alexia McCaskill immediately if they obtain a job with a qualifying employer and provide the required employer letter/email.

Students with questions or special circumstances should contact Alexia McCaskill before the April 3 deadline (; 303-532-5662).


Original message:

The application window for our Summer Fellowship Program is now open. If you are considering public service work this summer, we encourage you to apply for funding through Colorado Law's Summer Fellowship Program which provides funding for unpaid, or in some cases, very lowly paid public service work. Fellowships are available for all kinds of public service opportunities. Some fellowships are for specific areas of practice, while others are available for almost all areas of public service practice. Please read further for key dates and other essential information.


Please visit the Summer Fellowship page for a list of summer fellowships available only to Colorado Law students. Please also read the FAQ's on that page. The FAQs provide important information about the Summer Fellowship Program. We encourage you to apply for all fellowships for which your summer work is eligible, however, the Colorado Public Service Summer Fellowship (PSSF) is the broadest program and serves as the applicant pool for some of the named fellowships. At a minimum, you should apply for a PSSF. Fellowships under the Summer Fellowship Program are separate from the Dean's Fellowship Program. If you have a Dean's Fellowship, contact Senior Assistant Dean Whiting Dimock.


Applications must be submitted through CDOnline. You must have an approved resume in CDOnline to be able to submit your application through the system. The fellowships are now posted. Apply no later than 11:59 pm on March 20, 2020. Review of the applications will begin shortly after that date. The goal is to have decisions on fellowship awards communicated to recipients in mid-April. To receive a fellowship, you must secure a summer public service opportunity (and it is best to do so before applying for fellowship funding).


The CDOnline ID numbers and posting names are as follows:


28515Anonymous Public Service Fellowship: Civil Rights, Social Justice Civil Liberties
28514Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Summer Fellowship
28513Colorado Law Public Service Summer Fellowship (PSSF)
28519International Public Service Summer Fellowship
28521Jonathon Boyd Chase Fellowship (Human Rights)
28518Public Interest Student Association Summer Fellowship
28517Sandgrund Environmental Law Summer Fellowship
28526Squire Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowships
28516Women's Law Caucus Public Interest Fellowship

Please note the requirements for individual fellowships may vary; make sure to tailor your applications accordingly. Almost all fellowship applications require the student to submit a letter or copy of an email from their employer confirming employment and other information. Students who are actively seeking, but have not yet obtained a public service opportunity should still apply by March 20 for fellowship funding and include information about the status of their job search, including the status of any outstanding applications. Those students can upload a "place holder" document to CDOnline in place of the required employer document if they have not secured a position when they submit their summer funding application.

If you have questions about the Summer Fellowship Program after reviewing the Summer Fellowship page and the summer fellowship presentation slides in CDOnline's Document Library (and on the CDO MyLaw page), contact Alexia McCaskill. You can stop by during her walk-in hours (Fridays from 1 – 2:30 pm) or make an appointment. If you would like help in finding a summer public service position, contact John McKee – the Director for Government & Public Interest Careers – or another CDO advisor.

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