Admissions FAQs

Preparing for Law School

Does the law school recommend a specific pre-law curriculum?
Colorado Law prescribes no specific pre-law curriculum. Students should place emphasis on the acquisition of excellent analytical and communication skills, especially writing. Students can acquire these skills in numerous areas of study, and successful law students and lawyers have college majors in almost every field of study available.

Do you offer, or can you recommend, an LSAT preparation course?
We do not offer a LSAT preparation course at the law school nor do we recommend one preparation course over another. You can find information on test preparation on the Internet or on the LSAC website.

How do I begin researching law schools?
The ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools is a resource published by the American Bar Association and Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

Visiting Colorado Law

How do I schedule a visit to the law school? 
You are welcome to visit us, tour our building, and observe a class

Colorado Law Programs

Do you offer a part-time or evening program? 
We only offer a full-time, three-year day JD program. This program can be completed in two and a half years.

Do you offer dual degrees?
We offer many dual degrees (Business JD/MBA, Public Affairs JD/MPA, Telecommunications JD/MS, Environmental Studies JD/MS or JD/PhD, Urban & Regional Planning JD/MURP, Medicine, and Canadian law JD/LLB). To be eligible, a student must apply separately to and be admitted by both schools under their respective admissions procedures and standards.

Do you offer an LLM program?
Yes, we offer Master of Laws (LLM) in Entrepreneurial Law, Information Technology & Intellectual Property Law, Natural Resources Law and Climate Change and Energy.

What courses can I expect to take during my first year? 
Colorado Law's 1L curriculum includes traditional core courses and novel offerings, including Legislation and Regulation and optional 1L courses that expose students to different topics.  

Fall Courses

Spring Courses  
Contracts
Torts
Legislation and Regulation
Civil Procedure
Legal Writing I 
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law
Property
Legal Writing II
Optional elective offerings vary annually           

Applying to Colorado Law

How many applications does your school receive each year? How many students are typically enrolled in an entering class? 
We receive approximately 2,100 applications for each entering class. We typically enroll 160-180 students in the entering class.

How do I obtain a catalog and application?
Go to our Applications & Catalog webpage.

May I submit my application before I take the LSAT?
Yes. There is a question on the application that asks if you are registered for a future LSAT. See the LSAT/LSAC FAQs for additional information on the LSAT.

When does the Admissions Office begin accepting applications? What is the deadline to submit my application for fall admission?
We accept JD applications between October 1 and March 15 (transfer applications between May 1 and July 1).

Can I apply electronically? What does it cost?
First-year applicants must submit applications electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). You can begin transmitting electronic applications for the Fall entering class on October 1. LSAC does not charge a fee to apply electronically. But Colorado Law School requires a $65 application fee. NOTE: Transfer and visiting students must use the application available on our website.

Do I need to register with the Credential Assembly Service?
Yes. All applicants must take the LSAT and register for the CAS. We utilize Law Services, which administers the LSAT and coordinates the CAS. The CAS provides a Law School Report, which contains LSAT scores, letters of recommendation, a summary of undergraduate grades by year, a cumulative grade point average, and copies of all transcripts. Applicants must arrange to have official transcripts of all their undergraduate and graduate work submitted to Law Services. This obviates the need for applicants to submit transcripts to every law school to which they apply. Applicants who are attending college should provide transcripts showing their fall term grades as soon as they are available.

How many letters of recommendation do you require, and must I submit them through the CAS?
We require a minimum of two letters of recommendation. For current students and recent graduates, recommendations from faculty members are particularly effective. We require that you submit your recommendations through the CAS.

What can I expect to write about for the personal statement?
The personal statement for the 2015 application is below. It is a requirement of the application and is submitted through the electronic LSAC application. Your essays must be in your own words, double-spaced, and not exceed 1,000 words. Supported file formats include: doc, htm, html, txt, wp, wpd, rtf, wps, wpt and docx. PDFs are not supported because they may contain items that cannot be merged with other documents.

Personal Statement 2015
At Colorado Law, we seek students who advance our core values of character, diversity, leadership and commitment to service.
Part 1: Explain how you can contribute to these goals. You may also discuss any other factors that you think may assist the Admission Committee's evaluation of your application, such as: background information; experiences, talents or special interests; adversities you have overcome; and your reasons for applying to law school.
Part 2: (Optional) Describe a time when you overcame a challenge or solved a problem creatively.

Do you allow formal interviews with the admissions committee?
Each year, the admissions committee selects a handful of applicants to interview.

When can I expect to receive a decision on my application? 
The Admissions Committee begins reviewing completed applications in late fall. We notify applicants in writing of the Committee's decision, on a rolling basis, until we fill the class. We only mail letters to applicants whom we admit. If you receive a thin envelope from us, open it - it contains good news.

How do I apply for scholarships?
All JD applicants who are admitted to Colorado Law are automatically considered for merit scholarship money. No other application is necessary. Colorado Law also offers scholarship money to our 2L and 3L students through a competitive application process each spring. Detailed information can be found here.

Do you have a waitlist? 
We establish a waitlist beginning in the fall and notify those who are listed. The waitlist is not ranked. The waitlist is reviewed periodically on an as-needed basis. Applicants are notified if there is any change in decision.

Do you offer deferred admission? 
We grant deferrals on a case-by-case basis, with particular deference for active duty military, Teach for America, and Peace Corps service. Admitted applicants who need to defer their entrance into Colorado Law should email the Assistant Dean of Admissions at kristine.jackson@colorado.edu  to discuss their situation. 

How do I reapply?
Applicants who decline an offer of admission or were not offered admission may reapply through LSAC. Your reapplication should include: submission of a new application, application fee, a valid LSAT and updated Law School Report, personal essay, and recommendations. Your retained application and all supporting documents will be included in your new application for admission. We suggest that you update your application with a new personal essay, resume, and letter(s) of recommendation.

Accepting/Confirming Your Seat

As an admitted student, how do I confirm my seat?
To accept a seat in the upcoming class, an admitted student must send a confirmation form and a $200 seat deposit to Colorado Law by the date specified in the letter notifying the applicant of admission. We ask each newly admitted student to respond within approximately two weeks after receipt of the letter (but not earlier than April 1). A second seat deposit will be due in mid-summer. After matriculation, the second deposit will be credited toward tuition. Prior to enrolling, all admitted students who have confirmed their admission must submit one official transcript from each college and postgraduate institution they have attended showing all completed work. Transcripts must show that you have received a baccalaureate degree from a properly accredited institution and show any subsequent work. If the transcripts fail to show that you have received the required baccalaureate degree by the beginning of Orientation, or you failed your last semester of school, we reserve the right to withdraw our offer of admission.

LSAT/LSAC

When should I take the LSAT?
We recommend that you take the LSAT by the December prior to the fall term for which you are applying for admission, but we will accept the February test. We will review applications that are complete by the deadline before those that are not complete or are waiting for the February test score.

How long is my LSAT score valid?
LSAT scores are valid for five years preceding law school matriculation.

How does the admissions committee view multiple LSAT scores? 
Colorado Law's Admissions Committee sees your CAS Report with your scores for each individual examination. The Law School uses the higher score for reporting purposes.

What do I do if there is an error on my LSDAS report?
Contact LSAC to get the error corrected. Once it is corrected, LSAC will automatically send a corrected copy of the CAS Report to our admissions office.

LSAC granted me a fee waiver. How can I get a fee waiver from Colorado Law?
We automatically grant an application fee waiver for an applicant who has received a fee waiver from LSAC.

How We Evaluate Applications

What criteria does the Admissions Committee use to evaluate applications?
In evaluating applications, the Admissions Committee relies on (1) the completed application form, (2) the report of LSAT scores, (3) undergraduate GPA and transcripts, (4) personal essay(s), and (5) personal recommendations. The Committee also considers (6) a holistic analysis of special qualities and individual circumstances such as motivation, undergraduate program, diversity in economic, social, or cultural background, employment or other experience (e.g., military), leadership, and perseverance in overcoming personal handicaps or disadvantages. Graduate level work is also considered. The Admissions Committee is also seeking evidence of character, leadership, and diversity, which are the hallmarks of the Colorado Law student body.

I may have affirmative responses to the character and fitness questions of my application. How does the admissions committee view affirmative responses?
These questions concern your character and fitness to practice law. The Admissions Committee views affirmative responses in the context of the entire application, and may or may not affect your chances of admission. When in doubt as to how to answer the question, err on the side of full disclosure, keeping in mind that you need not reveal incidents that have been sealed or expunged by law. Generally things must be expunged by court order, this does not happen automatically. Failure to answer the questions fully and accurately may result in expulsion from law school or other appropriate disciplinary action, and may be an obstacle to admission to the bar. In addition, a state bar may require additional information about your character and fitness, including details about expunged incidents. If you have further questions about how to answer these questions, please contact us.

Colorado Residency

How do I become a resident of the state of Colorado for in-state tuition purposes? 
Visit the Tuition & Residency webpage for complete details.

I am a member of the Armed Forces. Can I qualify for in-state tuition? 
Visit the Tuition & Residency webpage for complete details.

Does Colorado Law give preference to Colorado residents? 
In-state (resident) and out-of-state (non-resident) applicants are evaluated for admission using the same criteria.

Applying to Colorado Law as a Transfer Student

What are the qualifications for transfer students to apply?
Students who have completed at least one full year of study, approximately 30 semester credits, at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association may apply for admission to Colorado Law. We recognize that there may be small differences in credit hour requirements at various law schools so an admitted transfer student may need to take some extra coursework. We will accept a maximum of 44 transfer credits.

What is the process for transfer students to apply?
We welcome transfer applications. For fall term only, we accept transfer applications between May 1 and July 1. Transfer applicants must submit the following materials directly to the Law School Admissions Office, NOT LSAC:

  • completed application; 
  • application fee; 
  • copy of the CAS Report (from your current law school); 
  • personal essay including reason for seeking a transfer;
  • resume; 
  • two letters of recommendation (at least one of the letters should be from a current law professor) along with the Evaluation of Applicant form from each recommender; 
  • one official transcript for all undergraduate and postgraduate work including law school work (current law school class rank or a normal grade distribution required); and 
  • letter from your current law school dean stating that you are in good standing and eligible to continue at that law school. 

Please clearly mark your application as a "Transfer Application."

How many transfer students do you accept each year?
We admit transfer students on a space-available basis, which varies each year. 

Are transfer students eligible for the Order of the Coif, Dean's List and Law Journals?
Yes, transfer students are considered for all of these.

Is the original law school GPA for transfer students calculated into Colorado Law's GPA?
No, the original GPA from the law school of origin is NOT calculated into the transfer student's Colorado Law GPA. Transfer students start afresh.

Applying to Colorado Law as a Visiting Student

What are the qualifications for visiting students to apply?
Colorado Law admits visiting second and third-year students to study at the school for fall or spring semester or a year, but they will receive their law degree from their school of origin. Visiting students enroll in courses at Colorado Law on a space-available basis.

What is the process for visiting students to apply?
Visiting student applicants must submit the following materials directly to the Law School Admissions Office, NOT LSAC:

  • completed application;
  • application fee; 
  • copy of the CAS report (from your current law school); 
  • personal essay;
  • resume; 
  • two letters of recommendation (at least one of the letters should be from a current law professor) along with the Evaluation of Applicant form from each recommender; 
  • one official transcript for all undergraduate and postgraduate work; and 
  • letter from the law school of origin agreeing to accept work satisfactorily completed at the University of Colorado Law School for credit toward the student's law degree. 

Fall visiting applications are accepted after May 1 and must be completed no later than July 1. Spring applications are accepted after October 1 and must be completed no later than December 1. Please clearly mark your application as a "Visitor Application."

Is there financial aid available for visiting students?
Financial aid for visiting students is usually handled by a consortium agreement between Colorado Law and the student's degree-granting institution. Please contact your home law school's financial aid office for more information.

Applying to Colorado Law as a Teach For America Applicant, Participant, or Alum

What happens if I'm applying for Teach for America and Colorado Law in the same year?
At Colorado Law, we place great value on the qualities of leadership, character, service, and commitment to diversity. As a Teach For America (TFA) partner, Colorado Law looks forward to those students being leaders and role models to our other students in creating social equity in this country. Applicants to both Colorado Law and TFA, can have their Colorado Law application fee waived. Applicants should contact the admissions office prior to applying electronically through LSAC to receive a fee waiver code. If an applicant is then admitted to both Colorado Law and the TFA program in the same year, we will grant a two-year deferral to allow the student to participate in TFA and then to enroll in Colorado Law, provided the applicant provides proof of TFA admission prior to the first day of law school classes.

What advantages are there if I'm a Teach for America alumni?
As a TFA partner, Colorado Law welcomes TFA alumni to join us following the completion of their two-year program. Colorado Law waives the application fee for TFA alumni. Those applicants should contact the admissions office prior to submitting their application electronically to receive a fee waiver code. In addition, TFA alumni receive an expedited review by the admissions committee upon completion of their application files.

Applying to Colorado Law as an International or Foreign Student

What type of financial assistance is available to international students?
Colorado Law has no loan assistance for international students and they are not eligible for federal loans or aid,  but they are eligible for scholarships. All admitted students are automatically considered for scholarship awards. International students must submit a financial affidavit after receiving admission stating that you have the financial resources to support yourself while attending school in the United States. CU's International Student and Scholar Services in the Office of International Education is responsible for international students' visa documents once they are admitted to Colorado Law School.

I'm an attorney from a foreign country and want to get a license to practice law in Colorado. What do I need to do?
Please visit our webpage for details on obtaining a Colorado license. To seek a law degree from the University of Colorado Law School, you must apply as an entering first-year JD student and complete all the requirements for admission including taking the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). You must take the TOEFL and already possess the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree.

I have taken law courses from a law degree program from another country. Are any of these courses transferable?
In accordance with requirements of the American Bar Association (our accrediting agency), we do offer credit for study towards a law degree earned in a program in another country. You must provide a transcript from the law degree program and meet with the Dean of Academic Affairs.

How do you evaluate foreign transcripts?
We evaluate foreign transcripts to ensure that the course work completed is the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree. Applicants who have earned a degree outside the U.S. need to have the degree verified using the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service or a similar service (see www.lsac.org for more information).

Do you require applicants to take the TOEFL?
Yes, we require all applicants whose native language is not English to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (we will also accept an official score from the IELTS) since a thorough and excellent command of written and spoken English is crucial to success in law school for all students.

What is the TOEFL score requirement?
The minimum TOEFL score requirement is 100 iBT / 250 CBT / 600 PBT.

What is Colorado Law School's TOEFL reporting code?
The code is 4841.