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The Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families

For Law Students

Skills Developed at RCSDF

RCSDF externs will gain extensive knowledge about the intricacies of the law as applied to separating and divorcing families.   Students provide alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") services for Denver metro area parents seeking to resolve issues concerning parenting time, division of assets, child support, maintenance, and other domestic relations issues. After co-parents complete mediation at RCSDF, students draft memorandums of understanding, detailing the agreements reached in mediation.

Legal externs also provide legal education. Legal education teaches co-parents about the various forms to be completed and filed with the courts.

Furthermore, RCSDF legal externs also gain extensive client relations experience. Externs have the opportunity to guide co-parents through the entire legal separation or divorce process, from the initial petition to permanent orders.

How many hours will I be expected to work?

Legal externs are expected to work 14 to 16 hours per week. Externs are also required to attend a two-week intensive training course prior to the start of the semester. One week of this training will be devoted to clinic procedures, substantive law, and client interviewing. Students will also attend one week of training devoted entirely to mediation, taught by an expert in family law mediation.

Training for Fall 2014 semester will be announced soon.

How many credits Will I earn?

Legal externs will receive three externship field credits and one class credit. For more information, please visit the legal externship program's website.

Are there Prerequisites?

Students are eligible to apply after completion of thirty credits at Strum College of Law. Completion of Family Law or concurrent registration is required.

How do I apply for a legal externship?

Students applying for this position must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have successfully completed thirty credits at the Sturm College of Law. Students must also be willing to attend an orientation/training, which will include forty hours of intensive mediation training.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé, as well as indicate whether they are applying for fall or spring semester. These documents should be sent to:

Jeffrey Polatis, Office Manager of the Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families.

The RCSDF will not contact applicants who have not been selected for an interview. However, please feel free to contact Jeff with any questions or concerns.