About Our Job
Our robust internship program gives law students an opportunity to engage in substantive legal work. These internships challenge the incoming members of our profession to apply their education in a real-world setting. We are currently recruiting for fall internships. All sections are open for potential intern opportunities.
Student externs are eligible for law school credit when they work with our attorneys during the school year. Third year law students can expect real courtroom experience as they practice with experienced municipal attorneys under the Student Practices Act.
The Civil Litigation Section of the Denver City Attorney's Office is looking for a full time (40 hours per week) intern for summer 2019. Students who have completed their first year or second year of law school are welcome to apply. The Civil Litigation Section defends the City and County of Denver, municipal officials, and municipal employees in civil lawsuits and pre-lawsuit claims involving constitutional and civil rights issues, personal injury, and property damage. The Civil Litigation Section also provides legal counsel to the Mayor's Office, City Council, and all agencies and departments of the City and County of Denver as well as intra-agency training regarding legal updates, liability risks, and best practices. Interns are actively involved in substantive work, including legal research, brief and memoranda writing, and client meetings, with the assistance of supervising attorneys. Interns also have an opportunity to conduct site visits and observe trials, hearings, and depositions.
DEN Legal serves as in-house counsel to Denver International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the nation. DEN Legal attorneys are involved in every aspect of running the Airport, which includes: addressing landlord/tenant issues with concessionaires, ensuring compliance with FAA regulations, analyzing land use issues, drafting and negotiating construction and professional services agreements, dealing with accidents that occur onsite, and more. Interns can expect to conduct legal research and write memos related to the above-mentioned practice areas, assist in contract drafting, and attend client meetings.
Although much of DEN Legal's work is transactional in nature, interns will be exposed to litigation and may have opportunities to attend depositions, hearings, and mediation proceedings. This is an excellent opportunity for a student who is interested in eventually acting as in-house counsel for a large corporation.
DEN Legal prefers summer interns, but are also open to a spring or fall intern. Summer interns work full-time between 36-40 hours. Fall and spring interns work a minimum of 16 hours per week (either 2 full-days or 1 full-day and 2 half-days). Interns must be currently enrolled in law school. Preference for 2L or above, but we'll take 1Ls that have prior, applicable professional experience.
Employment & Labor Law:
The Employment & Labor Law section typically hires one summer intern and is looking for applicants who have completed their first or second year of law school. The attorneys in the Employment & Labor Law Section defend the City in employment-related litigation involving claims of discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, and more. The attorneys in this section also defend the City its agencies in administrative proceedings at the local and federal level. Summer interns observe as many different types of legal proceedings as possible, and complete, with guidance, substantive hands-on work including research and writing motions. The time commitment is 15-40 hours per week.
The summer term is approximately June 1 – August 7.
Human Services Legal Services represents the Denver Department of Human Services as in-house counsel. The intern will be exposed to work in dependency and neglect cases. The internship is broadly designed, allowing it to be tailored to each participant's individual needs and skill sets. During the internship, the intern will have the opportunity to represent the Denver Department of Human Services in hearings to the Denver Juvenile Court. The intern may also obtain experience in research and writing projects. Interns must be eligible to practice under the Student Practice Act. The time commitment varies and can tailored to the schedule of the individual, but generally the minimum would be 12 to 15 hours per week. We enjoy taking interns year-round.
Legislative Counsel – Administration:
Legislative Counsel is a dynamic team who represents the thirteen elected members of the Denver City Council, the legislative arm of the City of Denver, and is looking for a flexible intern who can work independently, think on his or her feet, and work with attorneys, elected officials, and city staff. An intern selected to work with Legislative Counsel needs to have strong research and writing skills and excellent communication skills. The intern can expect to be involved in supporting Legislative Counsel, including researching relevant law, drafting ordinances and regulations, and involvement in the legislative process. The intern will work on a wide-range of substantive legal and policy issues, potentially including municipal law and home-rule, real estate and land use, environmental law, and finance law. The City Attorney, Deputy City Attorney and Administration section may assign tasks and projects to this intern, in addition to working for Legislative Counsel. For example, past assignments included work on the Immigrant Legal Defense Fund and the National Western Stock Show Center.
Working with Legislative Counsel is a great opportunity to develop fundamental legal skills and to work at the forefront of local government law and policy in Colorado.
Municipal Operations Section has openings year-round for a maximum of three students who have completed their first year of law school for a one semester term. We typically have at least one intern at any given semester and usually fill all available slots for the summer session. This Section practices in the areas of land use, transactional, municipal and tax law and assignments range from assisting and observing attorneys to conducting legal research and preparing memoranda, drafting simple motions, contracts, and documents, and attending court, administrative hearings, City Council, and meetings. Interns will receive guidance directly from the staff attorney as to how to best accommodate and accomplish a work assignment. Our preference is to have students observe as many attorneys and attend as many different types of proceedings as possible, rather than shadow a single attorney. The Section requires a minimum of 15 hours per week with a preference for the 15 hours at to be broken up into at least 3 days per week and the Section accommodates interns for varying hours up to full time schedules. Students for the summer session should be prepared to attend the first and last days of the term, but other scheduling is flexible.
Prosecution and Code Enforcement:
The Denver City Attorney's Office is looking for an intern for the Prosecution and Code Enforcement Section. This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to the criminal justice system, courtroom tasks, and substantive legal issues not covered in law school. Interns who qualify under the Student Practice Act will also have the opportunity to appear in court and obtain trial experience. Legal internships are unpaid, but students may arrange for academic credit. Time commitment would be 15 to 20 hours per week when school is in session, and 40 hours per week during the summer.
Internship opportunities vary from part-time to full-time positions, as determined by the DCAO and/or section intern coordinator. The intern will work on projects selected and supervised by the DCAO. The intern coordinator will supervise the intern throughout the duration of the internship.
Our ideal candidate will have/be:
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Strong organizational and time-management skills and able to meet deadlines Ability to accept critique & feedback
- Strong professional poise Strong writing skills
- The ability to communicate and work well with others
We understand that your time is valuable please do not apply unless you meet the following minimum qualifications:
- Education Requirement: Current enrollment in an accredited college program leading to a certificate, licensure, associates, bachelor’s, or higher degree in, or a recent graduate (completed specified program within 1 year of completion).
- Experience Requirement: None
- Education and Experience Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted
- License/Certification Requirement: By position, may require a valid Driver's License at the time of application
- Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment
Additional required documents that must be submitted at the time application to be considered for this position:
College transcripts – either official or unofficial