During the first year, students study fundamental legal concepts and address legal problems relevant to society and the practice of law. Students in their second and third years take mostly electives except for a few required courses. Upper division students may choose their curriculum from the following categories: business, international, jurisprudence and perspective, natural resources, practice and procedure, practice-clinical, property, public, research and writing and taxation. One hour of credit may be earned for independent legal research undertaken with supervision of a faculty member.

The School of Law also offers two certificate programs, the Tax Emphasis Program and the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy, which students can earn in addition to their law degree. Concurrent degree programs with the Graduate School of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Public Affairs are also available.

Degrees Offered


Degree Details


First-year students must take the full schedule of courses -- 15 hours in the fall semester and 15 hours in the spring semester. Each first-year student will be assigned to two small section courses, usually numbering about 27 students. The second- and third-year schedules are made up of electives, except for Constitutional Law, Evidence, and Professional Responsibility. In addition, each student is required to elect and complete at least one seminar and to fulfill a practice course requirement.

JD/Canadian LLB

Juris doctor/bachelor of laws with the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, Canada: This four-year program, which began in 2008, prepares graduates with the credentials needed to practice law in both Canada and the United States. In North America, foreign trade has become more common for even the smallest business and a need for lawyers versed in multiple legal systems has emerged. According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, from 1993 to 2007, trade among the NAFTA nations more than tripled, from $297 billion to $930 billion. Additionally, business investment in the United States has risen by 117 percent since 1993. Law degrees from both countries allow graduates to serve law firm clients conducting transnational business in North America and beyond, offering them a distinct advantage in this job market. National law firms are becoming global firms, representing international securities firms, investment management companies, and other financial institutions on transnational regulatory issues. A lawyer with this dual degree has expertise in cross-border securities, transactional, commercial, insurance litigation, subrogation, recovery, immigration, real estate, or energy and natural resource law.


Juris doctor/master of business administration (JD/MBA) with the Leeds School of Business: This four-year program exposes students to constitutional, criminal, and contract law as well as economics, management, and corporate finance. Graduates with advanced legal and business expertise are extremely marketable as legal counsel to corporations, accounting firms and insurance companies; securities specialists to financial institutions; and even CEO/CFO. In addition, graduates can specialize in shareholder relations, labor relations, real estate, business policy and general strategy, risk analysis, legislative relations, lobbying, international relations and trade, or intellectual property aspects of e-commerce and the Internet.


Juris doctor/doctor of medicine with CU Denver School of Medicine on the Anshutz Medical Campus in Aurora: Students study the science of healthcare delivery and the legal and financial organization of the healthcare industry. The six-year program lays a scientific foundation for further medical education and begins to equip students for a lifetime of learning, research, clinical care and community service. Special interests can include litigation, bioethics, public health, neurology, women’s health or pulmonary medicine. Careers can focus on medical malpractice litigation, managed care and health policy, governmental regulation, healthcare administration arenas, intellectual property issues in biotechnology and environmental law and policy. 


Juris doctor/master of public affairs (JD/MPA) with the Graduate School of Public Affairs on the Denver campus: To become eligible for a dual degree program, a student must apply separately to and be admitted by each of the two schools under their respective admissions procedures and standards. Students may elect the dual degree program at the time of initial application to both schools.Through these programs, each school accepts a specified number of hours of course work taken at the other school as part of the requirements for completion of its degree. School of Law credit for work in the Leeds School of Business or the Graduate School of Public Affairs is conditioned upon completion of the MBA or MPA program. School of Law credit for work in the Leeds School of Business or the Graduate School of Public Affairs is treated on a pass/fail basis and is not computed in class rank or used in the computation of the cumulative 72 grade point average requirement for graduation from the School of Law.

JD/MS or JD/PhD in Environmental Studies

This is a dual degree program offered in conjunction with the Environmental Studies Program. The Law School will grant credit for acceptable performance in graduate level Environmental Studies courses towards the JD degree for up to nine (for MS students) or 12 (for PhD students) hours of the required 89 credits for the JD degree. Environmental Studies will grant up to nine credits (for MS students) and 12 credit hours (for PhD students) of acceptable performance in Law courses. The JD program will be considered the student's primary program.

JD and MS in Telecommunications The student is required to be admitted both by ITP and the University of Colorado Law School and to complete all requirements for the MS in Telecommunications degree in addition to all of the requirements for the Juris Doctor. The Law School allows students to count up to twelve credits of TLEN course work towards the JD degree providing each course has a "B" or higher grade. Students must complete their first year in the Law School as a unit (without taking any telecom courses during that year) but this year may be either before or after the student has begun taking telecommunications classes.


Juris doctor/master of science, telecommunications with CU Boulder's Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program: Students in this four-year program choose from intellectual property, technology, and telecommunication courses, while emphasizing other aspects of telecommunications, such as economics, business and policy. Students develop a working knowledge of the law and its relation to communications and networking technologies in this high-technology age. Graduates are highly marketable in the areas of intellectual property, patents, or IT law, as in-house counsel in the high technology industry, and in government agencies dealing with high technology regulation.


Juris doctor/master of urban and regional planning with CU Denver's College of Architecture and Planning: Students in this four-year program will learn constitutional, criminal and contract law as well as root causes of urban and regional problems, urban spatial analysis and planning methods. Courses will explain strategies that deploy policies, plans, resources and regulatory approaches to create environments suited to human and ecological needs, and methods for evaluating the human and environmental consequences of urban problems. Graduate address issues at the interface of policy and law, emphasizing the use of land and real estate, and the management of the public lands and natural resources (including mineral and energy resources). Graduates who focus on local or global economic development and law will have unique perspectives on private enterprise, corporate regulation, labor markets, poverty and international relations

Master of Studies in Law

Colorado Law’s Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree is a one-year, 28-credit, no LSAT required program that enables students who hold at least an undergraduate degree to obtain legal training short of a full Juris Doctor (JD). Increasingly, emerging job markets have openings that require some legal knowledge and employers are assigning a number of legal tasks traditionally performed by lawyers to non-lawyers. Colorado Law’s MSL will prepare students to obtain and excel in those positions. MSL students will be admitted into one of two specialty tracks: Patent Law or Compliance.

Admissions Requirements

Contact the School of Law or visit them online at www.colorado.edu/law for detailed information regarding degree requirements, admission procedures and application forms and deadlines.

Contact Information

University of Colorado Boulder
School of Law
Office of Admissions
403 UCB
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0403

Law School website

Email: Lawadmin@Colorado.edu