Public service law is central to our culture and academic offerings.
Public service, both during and after law school, can involve any of a broad range of substantive legal areas, including civil rights law, veterans' affairs, criminal law, consumer law, education law, environmental law, juvenile and family law, health law and policy, and immigration law, among others.
Consumers and the Law seeks to provide a journey through theory and practice in contracts, an area that students traditionally learn in a more doctrinal manner. The quest is to provide students with opportunity to expand their understanding and analysis of contracts and consumer protection law. Furthermore, students explore chosen consumer topics from legal and policy perspectives, and present the topics on practical and user-friendly levels in live public events and through a class blog on a non-profit website at MyConsumertips.info.
Education Law provides students opportunities to work with school systems or independent organizations on shaping and administering policies for K-12 or higher education. Many local school districts and education law firms offer opportunities for student involvement as externs. In addition to a basic class on Education Law, Colorado Law’s course on Education and the Constitution places students in high school classrooms for the year, teaching weekly while learning about both constitutional law and education policy.
Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law is a core strength of our school to rank?. We have a broad range of course offerings (including a strong clinical program), extracurricular opportunities, externship and employment potential. Course offerings in this area include:
Juvenile & Family Law offerings includes the Juvenile Law Clinic, basic courses in the field, and a strong and growing network of alumni who mentor students interested in pursuing careers in family law. Courses cover:
Health Law and Policy has become an increasingly central focus for organizations seeking to protect basic rights and to ensure that the health care system operates effectively, fairly and efficiently. Students find this an especially enticing field of potential practice due to the aging of the American population and the passage of the various heath care laws on the state and federal level, Health Law is a burgeoning area of public interest legal work, and our course offerings, as well as our ties with CU’s medical school in Denver, offer students the opportunity to engage with the full range of issues and opportunities in the field. Courses include:
Colorado has numerous public interest immigration law firms and organizations dedicated to guaranteeing the basic rights of immigrants in the United States. Our courses in the field provide the necessary legal tools to serve the immigrant community. Some of these are:
Public law describes the law governing the relationship between individuals and the government. CU Law offers a wide variety of courses in the public law area, which provide a strong grounding for those interested in understanding these relationships in depth and for those interested in practicing in or with the government. Course offerings include: