Douglas K Wilson

Colorado State Public Defender

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Certified Legal Interns

The Colorado State Public Defender offers paid, unpaid and for-credit internships for law students who have completed their second year at an accredited law school and are eligible for certification under Colorado’s student practice rule. The requirements for certification are set out in Colo. RCP 205.7. After a week of rigorous training, certified interns are assigned a caseload of misdemeanor and traffic cases. A student practice rule intern prepares cases outside of court and conducts pre-trial hearings and jury trials. This demanding internship is an extraordinary opportunity to receive intensive courtroom advocacy experience.

The Georgetown University Law Library has a helpful compilation of state and federal student practice rules at:


The Office of the Colorado State Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation or religion; nor does it discriminate against a qualified applicant or employee with a disability capable of performing the duties of his or her position.

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