The University of Colorado Law School’s curriculum provides students with one of the best comprehensive legal educations in the nation, employing a solid foundation in the fundamentals of law, robust theoretical inquiry, doctrinal and policy analysis, real world experience, legal reasoning tools and professional skills. The faculty is passionate about teaching and committed to providing a wellrounded learning experience that prepares students to serve wisely and with professionalism. Colorado Law sponsors a number of lawrelated centers and programs, giving students valuable exposure, connections, experience and leads on future jobs.
The Juris Doctor program at Colorado Law is a three-year program that prepares graduates to practice law. As part of the program, entering students are assigned to a small cohort that allows students to build strong relationships and study groups with other students. First-year courses teach students to “think like a lawyer,” and classes taught in the Socratic method encourage students to develop legal reasoning and critical thinking skills. A few of these courses include Civil Procedure, Contracts, Legal Writing, Legislation and Regulation, Constitutional Law and Torts. The second- and third-year curriculum includes required courses as well as electives, and supports a balance between experiential learning and classroom studies, graded courses and non-graded courses and study within and outside of the law school. A few possible courses include Evidence and Legal Ethics, Employment Law, Introduction to Intellectual Property Law and International Law.
Students at Colorado Law take advantage of connections with the Silicon FlatironsCenter for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship; the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment; and the Byron White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law. These affiliations give students access to a wide range of conferences and lectures, including appearances by U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O’Connor and Antonin Scalia.