School of Law

Law students argue recent of GPS case

Philip J. Weiser, dean
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THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO LAW SCHOOL, established in 1892, has a long and proud history as a top public law school. The first students of color entered in 1898. The school became a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools organized in 1901. The first woman graduated in 1908. And, the school has been on the American Bar Association’s list of accredited law schools since its first publication in 1923. 

Today, Colorado Law, housed in the beautiful new “green” Wolf Law Building with one of the largest law libraries in the country, is also one of the most technologically advanced law schools in the country. Most importantly, it provides one of the best comprehensive legal educations in the nation, featuring:

  • 530 students, selected from the nation’s statistically best applicants with diverse backgrounds and representing 100 undergraduate institutions
  • A favorable faculty-student ratio (1:12.5) that produces class sizes that encourage discussion 
  • 60 highly published resident faculty dedicated to interacting with students inside and outside the classroom
  • First-year students who are placed in small sections for more class participation opportunities and to build relationships with classmates and professors 
  • Full-time, three-year Juris Doctor degree, one-year Master of Law degree, eight dual degrees, four certificates, four centers, and three journals
  • An Experiential Learning Program that integrates lawyering activities, including nine legal clinics, externships, public service pledge, and trial and court competitions
  • Comprehensive program to prepare students for any career; a quarter of graduates obtain judicial clerkships
  • Impressively high first-time bar passage rate, especially compared to the state average

Law School Vision

A supportive and diverse community of scholars and students in a place that inspires vigorous pursuit of ideas, critical analysis, and civic engagement in order to advance the rule of law in an open, sustainable society.

Our Mission

  • Teaching: To employ robust theoretical inquiry, doctrinal and policy analysis, and professional skills.
  • Scholarship: To explore and discuss ideas, to develop and test new ideas and approaches, to challenge the status quo, and to convey the school’s research and ideas to lawyers, academics, policymakers, and the world.
  • Public Service: To instill in students an awareness of a lawyer’s civic responsibilities and opportunities to serve and lead.