The Attorney General’s Fellowship Program has been established to provide opportunities for new attorneys to gain practical experience in the public sector while enjoying the personal satisfaction of serving the residents of Colorado and our many state agency clients. Our work at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office encompasses criminal prosecution, consumer protection, civil rights, torts, contracts, eminent domain, administrative law, tax, environmental law, violence prevention programs, public health, school safety, energy and much more.
Through the Fellowship Program, new attorneys enrich their legal experience, broaden their exposure to the public sector, and assume substantial individual responsibility for their work. In addition to exposure to state agencies, Fellows may become integral members of trial teams. They also receive training and supervision in particular practice areas to enhance proficiency and develop skills while in the program.
The Colorado Attorney General’s Office fills these positions through a competitive application process. Successful candidates should demonstrate: interest in public service; history of academic achievement; participation in law journals and law school competitions; legal, professional, or personal experience related to the mission of the Office of the Colorado Attorney General; and participation in extracurricular activities.
The Colorado Attorney General’s Office seeks applications for its 2021-2022 Fellowship Program from:
- Law students in their final year at an accredited law school scheduled to graduate in the Spring of 2021; and
- Current, full-time judicial law clerks who received their J.D. prior to 2021 and have not been hired to practice law in another setting.
The Fellowship Program begins October 2021. All individuals invited to participate must commit to a one-year term and must take the Colorado bar exam no later than July 2021. The annual salary is $50,000 plus medical/dental benefits. Note: Bar passage is required to join the program in October 2021.
Applicants must submit the following required materials and all materials are to be received no later than October 29, 2020. Selected candidates will be invited for interviews.
A complete application package is comprised of the following items:
- One-page statement or cover letter explaining both your commitment to public interest law and the sections you are interested in working with while at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office;
- OFFICIAL law school transcript (can be sent via e-mail) and current cumulative GPA;
- Contact information for three professional references;
- Resume; and,
- Unedited writing sample (6-page limit, please)
Frequently Asked Questions:
To whom should I address my application materials?
Application materials may be addressed to the Fellowship Program Committee.
Can I submit my transcript separately from the rest of my application materials?
Yes. Please indicate in your submission email that your transcript will arrive separately.
What format should I use to submit my documents?
PDF files are preferable, but Word documents are acceptable as well.
My school provides transcripts via “secure PDF.” Is this acceptable?
Yes. Provide the fellowship program email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to your school when requesting your transcript. Please indicate in your submission email that your transcript will arrive separately.
What is the timeline for hiring Fellows?
Applications are due October 29, 2020. First interviews will likely begin mid-January 2021. Second interviews should occur in March 2021, and offers should be made in April 2021. The timeline may vary, depending on the availability of applicants and committee members.
How do section assignments work?
Fellows spend six months in one section and then rotate to another section of the office. Section assignments are made based on preference and availability.