Requirements & Prerequisites

A Colorado Law student must satisfy certain requirements to receive a J.D. degree, such as completing a certain number of credit hours, earning a minimum GPA, and taking the required courses (see below). A student can earn credit for certain courses and activities that do not have a significant classroom component, such as journals, competitions, and externships. The Law School Rules place certain caps on the number of such credits.

1L Required Courses

1Ls take a full schedule of courses—16 hours in the fall semester and 14 in the spring semester. Each student is assigned to one, small-section traditional course.

  • First Semester
  • Second Semester

2L & 3L Required Courses

  • Evidence (LAWS 6353)
  • Legal Ethics and Professionalism (LAWS 6103)
  • Seminar (please note that only courses numbered 8000 and above have been approved as seminars that satisfy the graduation requirement).
  • Experiential Learning Students who start law school in the fall 2016 semester or later will also have to complete six credit hours of experiential courses. Experiential courses are simulation courses, law clinics, and externships.  At least two of these credits must be obtained in courses with regularly scheduled class sessions as specified in Miscellaneous Rule 36(A).  Externships do not qualify as courses with regularly scheduled class sessions, and Law School Rules generally cap credits that may be earned in externships at 4 credits.  The registrar’s office will post which courses in a given semester meet the definition of simulation courses before registration begins for that semester. 
  • No student shall receive more than 14 credit hours toward the JD degree from co-curricular activities such as journals, moot court, and trial competitions; Independent Legal Research; courtroom observation courses; externships; or coursework completed in another department, school or college of the University or at another institution of higher learning.

Course Scheduling Priority

Prerequisites (Fall 2016 courses with prerequisities are indicated in bold)

Advanced  Course

Prerequisite(s)  or Corequisite(s)

Advanced American Indian Law

American Indian Law (waived for Fall 2016)

Advanced Topics in Health Law and Policy

Health Law I: Finance, Administration and Organization of  Health Care

Advanced Trial Advocacy

Trial Advocacy

American Indian Law Clinic

American Indian Law (waived for Fall 2016)        

Business Planning

Income Taxation and one of the following:            

      Agency, Partnerships and LLC          


Corporate Finance


Civil Practice Clinic; Criminal Defense Clinic

Evidence (waived for Civil Practice Clinic in Fall 2016)

Comparative Criminal Procedure

Criminal Procedure

Corporate Taxation; International Taxation; Partnership Tax; Real Estate Planning; Survey of Business Enterprise Taxation; Taxation of Conduit Entities

Income Taxation

Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

Two of the following:          

     Accounting Issues for Lawyers          

     Advance Corporate Law          

     Agency, Partnership and LLC          


     Corporate Finance          


     International Bus.  Transactions          

     Patent Law          

     Securities Regulation          

     Telecommunications Law          

     Trademark and Unfair  Competition

Estate Planning

All of the following:                 

     Federal Estate & Gift Tax  

Suggest the following:          

     Wills and Trusts         

     Income Taxation  

External Mock Trial Competitions

Evidence and Trial Advocacy


Evidence and Trial Practice

International Crime and Punishment

International Law  Recommend:

     International Human Rights

International Taxation Survey of Business Enterprise Taxation

Income Taxation

IP and Technology Contracting

One of the following:          


     Introduction to IP Law

Law and Economics of the Information Age

One of the following:          



     Law and Economics          

     Telecomm Law and Policy

Mergers and Acquisitions


Public Land Law

Foundations of Natural Resources Law and Policy

Seminar: Advanced Natural Resources Law

Any three natural resources/environmental courses.  Foundations is strongly recommended and Indian Law can count as one of the  three courses. Prerequisites can be taken concurrently with the seminar.

Seminar: Law and Economics of the Information Age

One of the following:          

     Telecomm. Law and Policy          


     Law and Economics          


Technology Law and Policy Clinic

No prerequisites, but at least one technology-related course such as Telecom Law, Intro to IP, Copyright Law, or Information Privacy is recommended as a corequisite.

Year-Long Courses The following are two-semester courses that meet in the fall and spring semesters (students must complete both semesters in the same academic year) (Fall 2016 courses in bold):

  • American Indian Law Clinic (LAWS 7309)
  • Civil Practice Clinic (LAWS 6009/6019)
  • Criminal & Immigration Defense Clinic (LAWS 6029)
  • Family Law Clinic (LAWS 6099)
  • Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (LAWS 7619)
  • Sustainable Community Development Law Clinic (LAWS 6209)
  • International Criminal Law: Theory and Practice (LAWS 7100)
  • Juvenile Law Clinic (LAWS 7449)
  • Seminar: Citizenship Law (LAWS 8565)
  • Seminar: Constitutional Theory (LAWS 8015)
  • Seminar: Humanizing Contracts (LAWS 8011)
  • Seminar: Pop Culture (LAWS 8055)
  • Seminar: Theory of Punishment (LAWS 8548)