Published: July 1, 2019
Mini Law School

Options to attend in-person, via livestream, or on-demand.

The University of Colorado Law School's popular Mini Law School will launch its eighth season this fall with a brand-new curriculum that addresses the ways in which the law impacts people’s daily lives in a variety of contexts. 

The eight-week series kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 10 with Associate Professor Scott Skinner-Thompson's discussion of "Everyday Privacy." Each week, a Colorado Law professor will present on a different topic, including:  

  • Your Taxes After Tax Reform (Associate Professor Sloan Speck)
  • Startup Scenes and Boulder (Associate Professor Brad Bernthal)
  • Criminal Law (Clinical Professor Ann England)
  • Service Animal, Emotional Support Animal, or PetWhat's the Difference? (Associate Clinical Professor Zach Mountin)
  • Listeners and the First Amendment (Professor Helen Norton)
  • Debunking Myths about Child Welfare (Clinical Professor Colene Robinson)
  • The Past, Present, and Future of Obamacare (Associate Professor Craig Konnoth)

In addition to attending the lectures in person in Boulder, participants have the option of watching the live televised lectures from their own computers at the location of their choosing or watching a recording of the lecture on-demand.

Last year was Mini Law School’s most popular yet, with more than 450 individuals participating across 25 states.

"This year’s curriculum focuses on the myriad ways in which the law impacts our daily lives, from the obvious to the surprising. This year’s program will give participants an unmatched opportunity to explore the ways in which our laws shape their lives, led by experts in their fields and some of the best teachers on the law school’s faculty,” said Matthew Cushing, director of executive and community learning programs at Colorado Law.

Modeled after the popular Mini Med School at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado Law’s Mini Law School is designed to educate non-lawyers about the law and help people better understand some of today’s most critical legal issues.

"Mini Law school is a quick eight-week series that engages students, professionals, and in between. The fast-paced nature of these classes have you thinking on your toes, but also reflecting later on about the issues we face as citizens of a democracy. There is something tantalizing about being surrounded by your peers who are as eager to learn as you. This class was everything I expected and more. I cannot wait to attend more in the future," said 2018 participant Courtney Kenyon.

Registration is open now. Discounts are available for CU faculty, staff, and students; high school students; and K-12 teachers and administrators (email for more information). 

Key details 

When: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 10 to Nov. 19
(no class weeks of Oct. 7, 14, and 21)

Where: Wittemyer Courtroom at the Wolf Law Building on the Boulder campus. Participants can register for the live lecture in Boulder. Livestream and on-demand viewing options are also available. All class participants will have an opportunity to re-watch this year's classes on-demand.

Cost: Registration is $200 for the entire series.

To register: Registrations are accepted on first-come basis. For more information about the program, please email or visit the program webpage.

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