Clinical Education

Firsthand Experience

Since 1948, Colorado Law has provided legal clinics to students and the community. By handling actual cases, students make the transition from legal theory to legal practice. We take pride in the fact that our clinics provide free legal services to many community members who could not otherwise hire an attorney. Clinics play a large role in achieving our values of civic engagement and social responsibility.

Legal Clinics

American Indian Law Clinic – As one of the first American Indian Law clinics in the nation, students gain faculty-supervised experience providing legal assistance in a variety of  matters, including tribal sovereignty, child welfare, preservation of tribal  identity, employment discrimination, public benefits, preservation of Native  lands, and more.

Civil Practice Clinic – Students represent low-income clients in family law, social security disability, and immigration asylum cases.

Criminal Defense Clinic – Starting in 1948, as the first criminal defense clinic in the nation, students are taught basic criminal practice skills and represent clients in actual  cases, from beginning to end, in municipal and county courts in Boulder County.

Criminal and Immigration Defense ClinicStudents represent indigent clients charged with misdemeanor and municipal offenses in Boulder and Jefferson Counties.  

Entrepreneurial Law Clinic – Students  work with local entrepreneurs, providing transactional legal services for the  formation and development of small businesses in Colorado.

Family Law Clinic – Students provide legal services to low-income Coloradans who need help with  family law matters such as divorces, issues related to parenting time, and  child support.

Juvenile Law Clinic – Students  represent children and youth who are abused, neglected, or accused of a crime,  addressing all of the legal needs of the child client. They also represent  school districts as the petitioner in truancy matters. Students focus on  advance trial advocacy with a mock child welfare trial.

Natural Resources Clinic – Students represent public interest clients  in environmental litigation related to federal public land protection. Students  learn about expert testimony and witness preparation, analysis of detailed  scientific and environmental data, and submission of complex legal briefs.

Technology  Law and Policy Clinic – Students advocate in the public interest  concerning technology issues in front of regulatory entities, courts,  legislatures, and standard setting bodies.

Appellate Advocacy Practicum – Students  are responsible for completing an appellate brief for a criminal case currently  on appeal in the Colorado Supreme Court or the Colorado Court of Appeals and  for attending the oral argument.