Clinical and Practicum Course Snapshot
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.
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 Clinic - Students 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.