The Academic Calendar

The academic calendar for the Law School differs from the rest of the university. For example, classes at Colorado Law usually end several days earlier than the rest of campus and there is a two-week exam period. Students should consult the course syllabus.

Taking a Law Course as a Non-Law Student

Law student registration must be complete before non-law students can be enrolled. Interested students need instructor permission and there must be room in the class. Inquiries are best made no earlier than December for spring courses and late April for the following fall courses. Non-law students cannot take first-year law courses or seminars.

Advance Assignments and Attendance

It is the practice of the Law School faculty to post advance assignments for the first day of class. Students are expected to attend the first day of class prepared in accordance with the advance assignments.

It is a rule of the Law School that students who are absent from more than 20% of classes in a course cannot take the final exam (and as a result would receive a failing grade in the course). The faculty of the Law School may apply this rule in various ways. Therefore, students should acquaint themselves with the instructor's policies.


The Colorado Bookstore located on "The Hill" sells books for Law School courses. In most cases these books are not available at other bookstores in Boulder. If materials are assigned in a copied format, they will be available at the UMC Bookstore. Look for the professor name and Law School course number to locate the book. Note that you may need to search under "Boulder School of Law Full Term Session" for full semester courses.

Copies of Prior Examinations

The law library archives copies of prior examinations that can be checked out at the law library circulation desk. Not all professors release their prior examinations.

Final Examinations

Final examinations at the Law School are usually three to four hours or could be as long as a nine-hour take home exams. Professors may impose restrictions on the resource materials a student may refer to during the examination. The final examination schedule is posted on the Law School course schedules page. It usually will not coincide with the University final exam schedule. The Law School has specific rules to deal with examination conflicts (such as more than one exam on a given day, multiple exams in a row, etc). Non-law students should review the final exam schedule and contact the Law School Registrar at if they have a conflict with a law school exam due to a class meeting or other issue. Exam conflicts are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Final examinations are administered anonymously by the Law Registrar. Accordingly, a student should not put his or her name, student ID number, or any other identifying mark on the exam, except for an examination number supplied by the Law School Registrar's Office. Information about law school exams can be found at the Exam Technology page. Law School exams are given through special software called Exam4, which students must download onto their laptops. The software is free, but students need to ensure their computer meets with the minimum device specifications. Information about download and user information is sent out to non-law students prior to exams. Students who are registered with Disability Services receive exam accommodations by the Law Registrar. Reach out to to set up accommodations for timed and/or graded assessments and exams in advance.

Please direct questions about final examinations to the Law School Registrar, Shannon Foley at

Leeds School of Business Information

Business students need to coordinate their studies through the Leeds School of Business. For example, MS course requirements and five-year accounting program information may be obtained from the director of the MS Accounting Program, Josh Neil at 303-492-3512 through the School of Business. MBA students should direct course requirement questions to

Honor Code

The Law School has its own honor code, which is taken very seriously. Questions can be directed to

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