To obtain a license to practice law in Colorado, you must:
The above checklist is provided for your convenience only. To avoid any surprises, visit the Colorado Supreme Court website to make sure you have the most complete and up-to-date information about the admission requirements. Students should also visit the Colorado Supreme Court – Board of Bar Examiners website and review the bar application questionnaire to learn about the character and fitness requirements and the bar application process.
We recommend you begin your application no later than February 1 for the July Exam (which has a May 1st deadline), and no later than October 1 for the February exam (which has a December 1st deadline). If you need your application notarized, the following individuals in the law school are notaries:
Extensive personal histories and official records need to be compiled in order to complete the application; this information can take weeks to months to gather. Please also refer to the character & fitness page for more information about required disclosures and available assistance.
Each state maintains its own rules and regulations regarding the licensing of attorneys and has its own bar examination. The ABA provides a Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, which contains a synopsis of each state’s bar admission requirements and relevant dates. BarExam.info is another free website that lists bar exam information for all U.S. jurisdictions, including deadlines, subjects tested, the format of the exam, and more. However, you should always refer to the state’s office of attorney admissions website as the information can change at any time. We encourage you to look into these requirements and dates as soon as possible during your third year, as some of the requirements can take some time to complete (e.g., pro bono hours).
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need specific paperwork filled out, your application forwarded, or a transcript sent to a state other than Colorado. Please include in your email any relevant due dates for these materials. Again, we will certify your graduation only after grades are final and you have completed all graduation requirements.
As part of its Skills Series, our CDO offers two bar-related informational programs:
These programs are intended to teach students:
We are also available to meet individually with students who have confidential questions pertaining to their admission.
All students should take a bar exam review course prior to sitting for the exam.
While the law school does not endorse any course in particular, below are a few full bar review courses that students have taken in the past.
Choosing the right review course is an important decision. Make sure you are comfortable with the course materials and format. For example, if you learn best by attending class, make sure your review course offers live lectures. Visit the course websites or talk with others who have taken that course in the past to find out what's right for you.
Students may work with a Financial Aid Counselor to include the cost of the bar exam in their cost of attendance and to increase their federal student loans to cover the actual cost. Students will need to provide documentation showing payment for the exam during the last semester they are enrolled in law school.
Private bar loans are another option to assist in covering bar exam related expenses, but should be considered carefully as they must be repaid according to the terms set by the relevant lender and do not qualify for consolidation or any student loan repayment programs. Make sure that you understand these terms, and follow up with your lender if you have any questions.
Also keep in mind that loans can take a few weeks to process. Typically, once you are approved for a loan, the funds will be mailed directly to you. The check may take some time to clear after you deposit it. It is important that you apply for the loan early enough to meet any deadlines (such as your bar application fee deadline).