Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law

Ranked Number 6 in environmental law in the 2018 law school rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Colorado Law gives students the tools to impact laws and policies in a range of fields including oil and gas; mining; ecosystem management; air and water quality; and public and private land management. Students take advantage of the programming of the school’s flagship Getches-Wilkinson Center, multiple national laboratories in the area, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and a diversified energy and mining economy featuring natural gas, renewable, and mining firms, from small startups to large multinational corporations.

Entrepreneurship and Business Law

Colorado Law enjoys nationally recognized teachers and scholars in business law with significant experience in transactional practice and corporate and securities litigation. Our classes in traditional subjects such as corporations, securities law, and mergers & acquisitions, are enhanced by the law school’s focus on startup companies. Colorado students learn all the basic business law building blocks that other top programs offer, but their experience is enriched by our location in one of the nation’s hubs for innovation and startup businesses.

Indigenous Peoples Law

Colorado Law has a long history of research and teaching in the law of indigenous peoples. With the arrival of Dean Jim Anaya, the law school is expanding its research and teaching in this area. Faculty and students are engaged in projects with indigenous groups, the United Nations, other intergovernmental bodies, national governments, NGOs, and companies throughout the Americas and the world. Research and teaching in this area also connects with Colorado’s strengths in other areas, such as international law, natural resources, and intellectual property.

Intellectual Property, Technology, and Telecommunications Law

Colorado Law students enjoy a broad range of courses and scholars active in a fast-growing and changing set of fields, including intellectual property, internet law, computer crime, cybersecurity, information privacy, telecommunications, fintech, and regtech. Boulder and the Metro Denver area are technology and telecommunications hubs. The Silicon Flatirons Center connects students to leaders in intellectual property, telecommunications, and technology.

International Law and Human Rights

Colorado Law continues to build on its tradition of public international law. Faculty have expansive research, course offerings, and projects in this field, with a particular emphasis on human rights. Dean Anaya looks to grow the faculty and the law school’s relationships with intergovernmental institutions, such as the United Nations and Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

US Law for Foreign Lawyers

The US Law for Foreign Lawyers track is a general LLM that allows for an optimal amount of curricular flexibility.  Students in this concentration have the ability to choose from the majority of Colorado Law courses to meet their degree requirements.  This is a common LLM concentration for students who need the curricular flexibility to eventually qualify for a US state bar examination.