Making the Pledge

by Tony Flesor

For participants in the 1L Pledge to Diversity, a networking event on Jan. 26 was perhaps as worthwhile as the interviews the students participated in earlier that day.

The Colorado 1L Pledge to Diversity gave its law students and employers an opportunity to network and unwind following the first round of interviews. The event at Davis Graham & Stubbs put students face to face with employers, program alumni and sponsors after having panel interviews. Students said it was an opportunity to catch their breath after the “intimidating” process of being questioned by a group of employers. And according to the employers, the informal interactions at the networking event give them a better idea of who they might be interested in hiring.

The 1L Pledge to Diversity started to give more employment opportunities to law students from under-represented backgrounds in the legal profession. Now the program is continuing to grow with more student participants, employers and summer clerkship positions.

At the start of the second semester, law students and employers participate in panel interviews. The networking event at the close of the interviews gives students an extra opportunity to get their foot in the door with employers as they make decisions on who to invite to the second round of interviews. Employers had their student “draft” Thursday, and students were notified of the results over the weekend.

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