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University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Here at the Sturm College of Law you will get a broad education that looks beyond the standard academic environment-beyond the books, classes and deadlines-and focuses on the world where your skills will be put to use. You'll have opportunities to balance class work with clinical work, apply legal concepts to the latest headlines, and explore ethical challenges within the context of real life. Your legal education will extend beyond campus as you begin forming connections with the courts, local firms, government agencies, and global businesses that call Denver home. Through internships, externships, clinics and more, you'll spend your time in Denver reaching out to the world. At the Sturm College of Law, we help you balance schoolwork with your life's work, so the dreams and passions that matter to you will stay in focus when you practice law.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 894
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 155 - 161
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.17 - 3.64
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 88.03%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 88.6%
In State Tuition $39,840
Out of State Tuition $39,480

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About University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Here at the Sturm College of Law you will get a broad education that looks beyond the standard academic environment-beyond the books, classes and deadlines-and focuses on the world where your skills will be put to use. You'll have opportunities to balance class work with clinical work, apply legal concepts to the latest headlines, and explore ethical challenges within the context of real life. Your legal education will extend beyond campus as you begin forming connections with the courts, local firms, government agencies, and global businesses that call Denver home. Through internships, externships, clinics and more, you'll spend your time in Denver reaching out to the world. At the Sturm College of Law, we help you balance schoolwork with your life's work, so the dreams and passions that matter to you will stay in focus when you practice law.

Reviews

The University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law is “an outstanding school” in “a beautiful building in a beautiful city.” The city of Denver provides a great boon to stu­dents, as there are “great networking events and close ties with the greater Denver law community.” “Our greatest strength is that we feed into the city of Denver with our only other real competition being a smaller class from CU [University of Colorado] every year,” a 1L brags. The “gorgeous” and “modern” law building has up-to-date technology “including wireless throughout, power and cable Ethernet hookups at each desk.” Most classrooms have “lots of light” although “those with no windows feel like caverns.” “The library is pretty well equipped” and there are “lots of places to study alone, converse with others, work on projects—whatever you need.” Did we mention the “awesome views of the Rockies from third and fourth floors”?The Sturm College of Law “places a large emphasis on experiential learning” although “there are many opportunities to explore the theoretical as well.” This “focus on practical skill and real life application” means students are ready to work as soon as they gradu­ate. While “the available courses are fairly diverse,” one student says there is “too much focus on firms/corporate rather than government work, public interest, non-traditional, or novel/up-and-coming areas of law.” The “focus on experiential learning…sets [Denver] students ahead of others in terms of being able to practice law” upon gradua­tion. The “friendly, accessible, and helpful” professors “love working with students,” even going so far as to “share their personal cell phone numbers for last minute ques­tions before finals.” Several students did feel that many of the first year professors “need to be re-evaluated” but empathized that the “upper level writing profs are great!” These professors are “not only knowledgeable about the theory of law, they are passionate and require students to apply the law in practical ways” with a focus on “hands on learning” such as the “mock trial program. Denver has a “really good faculty/student ratio and the classes are usually no more than 20 once you get past your first year.” “The Academic Achievement Program and accessibility of faculty really bolster the academic success of the students at DU Law,” a 1L notes. “Everything runs smoothly with the administration,” and the dean “is particularly accessible.” The administration “is very concerned with employability of the students and it shows through the many program offerings available throughout the week.” However, the downside to the administration is the “incredibly rude” registrar’s office that is not “willing to accommodate student needs.” The career services office gets mixed reviews, some saying they are “extremely helpful and accessible” and others saying point blank: “The career services DO NOT HELP in finding a job.” Overall, students deem the Denver law experience “excellent. Period.” “The bar preparation/success program has helped raise DU's bar passage rates well into 90 percent!” a 3L boasts.

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 29

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

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.

Graduates Last Year: 3

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing transnational business and commercial practices, including the specialized tax law related to international financial transactions.

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.

Graduates Last Year: 266

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

Business, Geography, History, International Management, International Studies, Legal Administration, Mass Communications, Professional Psychology, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology. Program lengths vary.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Labor
  • Taxation

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 144
Full-Time Faculty 79
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 2
Part-Time Faculty 63
Faculty Gender 60% Male
39% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 9 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 50% Male
50% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 79%
Multi-racial 3%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Ethnicity Unknown 4%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $39,840 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,665 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $50,505 $39,840

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $39,480 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,665 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $50,145 $39,480

Financial Aid

88% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$45,161 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 26

Application Fee: $65

Incoming Class

University of Denver Sturm College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 156 - 161
LSAT Part-Time 152 - 159
LSAT Total 155 - 161

University of Denver Sturm College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.16 - 3.65
Part-Time 3.2 - 3.6
Total 3.17 - 3.64

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#34 National Universities High School Counselor Rankings
#38 National Universities

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 90%
First Time Pass Rate 88%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 69
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 89%
Average Starting Salary $56,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 56 20%
Firm Sized 11-25 10 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 10 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 4 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 12 4%
Firm Sized 251-500 5 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 2 1%
Business Industry 43 15%
Government 61 22%
Public Interest 21 7%
Federal Clerkship 1 0%
State Clerkship 24 9%
Academia 22 8%
Unknown Employer Type 1 0%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 6 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 23 7%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 1%
TX 2%
CO 84%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Denver Sturm College of Law include:

  • Brenda Hollis, JD’77 - Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone
  • Secretary Gale Norton, JD’78 - Secretary of the Interior
  • Secretary Jim Nicholson, JD’72 - Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Doug Scrivner, JD’77 - Former General Counsel of Accenture
  • Don Sturm, LLB’58 - Banking

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