After surviving a battery of interviews, many high-achieving, diverse students will get a rare opportunity — a paid internship at a reputable Colorado firm or corporate legal department for their first summer in law school.
The 1L Pledge to Diversity, a program that provides female and minority law students in Colorado with paid internships, broke its own record this year by placing students at internships with 36 different employers. The employer participation mark beats last year’s 29, which was the previous high for the program, according to 1L Pledge executive committee co-chair CiCi Cheng.
This year’s matchmaking wrapped up earlier this month with participating employers extending internship offers to students.
The program matches diverse students from the University of Colorado Law School and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law with law firms and legal departments to give them hands-on experience in a legal profession environment. The internship program developed in 2000 out of the nearly 25-year-old Colorado Pledge to Diversity and since then has taken on a robustness of its own. In addition to the growing employer participation, the 1L Pledge to Diversity is taking steps to acquire 501(c)(3) status and become more formalized.