Join the CBA & Get Ready for Your Life as a Lawyer

Apply to be a student CBA member now.

The Colorado Bar Association invites all law students to join – at no cost! Along with valuable networking opportunities and the ability to jumpstart your future career, a CBA membership offers many benefits:

  • Automatic membership with the Young Lawyers Division
  • Membership at your Local Bar within Colorado (view the list here)
  • Mentoring opportunities connecting you to established attorneys
  • Special student Continuing Legal Education (CLE) rates
  • Access to Casemaker and other premium services
  • CBA Member Discount Providers program
  • All the latest legal and community information through a full online subscription to Colorado Lawyer
  • You can join any and all bar sections that are of interest to you – such as Civil Rights, Business, Family or Sports & Entertainment Law – in order to maximize your law exploration and increase job potential.

As a “partner in law” with the CBA, you will gain vital experience within the field to ensure success in your legal career. 

 

Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP)

As a member of the Colorado Bar Association, you would get access to the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP). This is a program of the Colorado Supreme Court that is dedicated to providing mentors and coaches for new and transitioning lawyers in all of Colorado's twenty-two judicial districts. CAMP matches mentors with mentees in individualized, structure programs through its partner program across Colorado. There are also informal mentoring opportunities and practical skills based coaching programs. For more information, please click here

Benefits of participating in CAMP mentoring programs include:

  • Specialized mentoring tracks to meet the needs of all Colorado attorneys
  • Access to a list of over 400 Colorado Supreme Court approved mentors
  • Mentoring BootCAMPs throughout the year
  • Partnerships with over 30 bar associations, Inns of Court, law firms, government offices, and legal organizations across Colorado
  • Individualized mentor and mentee matching
  • 15 CLE credit hours (including 2 Ethics credits)
  • Monthly mentoring events
  • Access to trial skills training programs
  • Career development
  • Leadership development
  • Development of your professional identity
  • Practice succession mentoring
  • Diversity mentoring
  • Reverse mentoring
  • Sustaining the profession of law
  • Virtual networking and mentoring

 

Bar Exam

The Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Admissions works with the Law Committee, which is part of the Board of Law Examiners, to administer two bar examinations each year, one in February and one in July. Click here for more information

If you have joined the ranks of those who must re-take the Colorado bar exam, be reminded that you are in good company. The Supreme Court has developed a resource page to help you. Click here for more information.

Student Debt Relief Programs and Resources

Student debt hasn’t made the recession easier for lawyers who are still paying down the steep price of their educations. And while student debt is especially hard to get rid of, there are a couple of recent programs that could help, depending on your circumstances.

College Cost Reduction and Access Act – Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Under this program, qualifying employees of government and 501(c)(3) organizations may be eligible for loan forgiveness after 10 years of payments. Wondering if this applies to you? Equal Justice Works makes it a whole lot easier for you to find out by telling you which jobs qualify, which loans are covered, and what you need to do for the next 10 years to make sure you can benefit from this program. There’s even a checklist that tells you exactly what to do to determine whether you qualify and to set your eligible payments in motion.

College Cost Reduction and Access Act – Income-Based Repayment

This program attempts to make it possible for people to make realistic monthly payments based on their debt burden and their income. After 25 years of payments, remaining debt will be forgiven. Again, look to the resources provided by Equal Justice Works to see if you qualify. IBRinfo also offers a calculator that lets you enter some basic information to see if you might qualify.

You might not know it, but you could qualify for student debt relief under the College Cost Reduction & Access Act of 2007. Real debt relief in the form of lower payments and eventual debt forgiveness. Of course, as with any piece of legislation, the devil is in the details. And in this particular Act, there is no shortage of details. This is why the CBA flew Heather Jarvis, a nationally-recognized expert on the topic, out to Colorado to talk to groups here in the CLE classroom, and at both Colorado law schools. If you missed the program, you can still tap into Heather’s resources on the Equal Justice Works site, including: