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University of Colorado Law School

The University of Colorado Law School curriculum provides students one of the best comprehensive legal educations in the nation, employing a solid foundation in the fundamentals of law, robust theoretical inquiry, doctrinal and policy analysis, legal reasoning tools, and professional skills. Students may choose to place additional focus on one of six subjects in which we offer certificates. Alternatively, student may pursue interdisciplinary education by earning one of eight available joint degrees. Our nine specialized clinics allow students the opportunity to work on actual cases and gain experience working with clients. Colorado Law faculty members are passionate about teaching and are committed to providing a well-rounded learning experience that prepares students to serve wisely and with professionalism.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 509
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 159 - 166
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.35 - 3.79
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 93.46%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 93.0%
In State Tuition $31,495
Out of State Tuition $38,281

Overview

Overview

About University of Colorado Law School

The University of Colorado Law School curriculum provides students one of the best comprehensive legal educations in the nation, employing a solid foundation in the fundamentals of law, robust theoretical inquiry, doctrinal and policy analysis, legal reasoning tools, and professional skills. Students may choose to place additional focus on one of six subjects in which we offer certificates. Alternatively, student may pursue interdisciplinary education by earning one of eight available joint degrees. Our nine specialized clinics allow students the opportunity to work on actual cases and gain experience working with clients. Colorado Law faculty members are passionate about teaching and are committed to providing a well-rounded learning experience that prepares students to serve wisely and with professionalism.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to maintain and improve Colorado Law as a nationally recognized innovator and the regional leader in the changing legal landscape based on the quality of our scholarship, teaching, and curriculum, all of which deliver a high value to our students and serve our communities.

Reviews

Colorado provides aspiring lawyers with an “intellectually challenging” environment and a myriad of opportunities in which “to begin honing [their] experiential skills.” Indeed, the “emphasis on clinical programs and practical experience is second to none.” When it comes to environmental law, Colorado is a powerhouse. As one second-year brags, “Our environmental law program is either one of the best or the best in the country depending on who you ask.”Students at Colorado are also privy to “topnotch” facilities and “excellent computer and library resources.” A thrilled third-year adds, “The physical building that houses Colorado Law is stunning. It's hard to complain about spending a Saturday studying when you can see the mountains from the library windows.” Additionally, the fantastic library staff is always “eager to help with research.” They continually “partner with legal writing professors to introduce students to resources early on in the year.” The Career Development Office also receives high marks. The office is “comprised of outstanding individuals who always make time to work with students, inform them of opportunities that interest them, and advise whenever required.” However, what “really makes Colorado Law stand out is the accessibility—and quality—of its faculty.” For starters, the professors here continually show “genuine…interests in students.” Another second-year boasts that, “every professor I have had at CU has known not only who I am, but my academic interests and how they correspond to their own.” A deeply satisfied third-year interjects, “Most of the professors here are bril­liant intellectuals and wonderful people. I will have lasting relationships with many of them long after I am graduated.” Echoing the care and openness displayed by the faculty, administrators are also her­alded as “highly responsive” to the students’ needs. A veteran third-year explains, “CU is such a small law school that I see everyone from the Deans to the Registrar, to the office assistants regularly, and I feel comfortable going to any of them with questions or prob­lems that I need help resolving.” Moreover, “they also go out of their ways to get to know students, share relevant information, and make it a positive academic experience.”

- The Princeton Review

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 173

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, 3.5 to 4 years; JD/MPA, 3.5 to 4 years; JD/Master of Science and Telecommunications, 3.5 to 4 yrs; JD/Master of Environmental Science, 3.5 to 4 yrs; JD/MURP, 3.5 to 4; JD/MURP

Specialty Law Programs

  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Labor
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 74
Full-Time Faculty 48
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 3
Part-Time Faculty 23
Faculty Gender 68% Male
31% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 9 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 53% Male
47% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 78%
Multi-racial 3%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 3%
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Academic Journal
  • Community Service

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $31,495 Same as On-Campus
Housing $18,372 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $49,867 $31,495

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $38,281 Same as On-Campus
Housing $18,372 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $56,653 $38,281

Financial Aid

85% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$39,758 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $65

Incoming Class

University of Colorado Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 159 - 166
LSAT Total 159 - 166

University of Colorado Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.35 - 3.79
Total 3.35 - 3.79

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Optional: Academic GPA, Work Experience, Interview, Extracurricular Activities

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 88%
First Time Pass Rate 93%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 70
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 93%
Average Starting Salary $50,100
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 27 17%
Firm Sized 11-25 7 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 8 4%
Firm Sized 101-250 1 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 2 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 6 4%
Business Industry 14 9%
Government 27 17%
Public Interest 19 12%
Federal Clerkship 4 3%
State Clerkship 30 19%
Academia 7 4%
Unknown Employer Type 2 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 5 3%
Unemployed, Seeking 10 6%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CO 86%
MN 2%
AZ 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Colorado Law School include:

  • Wiley B. Rutledge - Former Associate Justice, US Supreme Court
  • Bill Ritter, Jr. - former Governor of Colorado
  • Roy Romer - former Governor of Colorado
  • Glenn R. Jones - Chairman & CEO, Jones International, Ltc.
  • Hank Brown - former US Senator from Colorado

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