Here are answers to frequently asked questions about tuition and finances, the application process, and curriculum for the LLM degree at Colorado Law:

Tuition & Finances

What is the tuition?

Colorado Law may charge tuition on a per credit basis, but this would work out to $39,120 for the required 28 credits. We encourage students to compare this tuition to other LLM programs.

What is the cost of living in the Boulder area?

We estimate the cost of living at $22,728 per year for the current year.

Application Process

When will the application be available?

LLM applications for the 2018-19 academic year will be available starting in late-October and due by March 15, 2018 for priority consideration.


What is the application process?

Applicants will submit to LSAC:

  • all university transcripts,
  • scores on the TOEFL (or IELTS) test,
  • a curriculum vitae,
  • a list of three academic or professional references, and
  • a personal statement.

We may invite some students to interview via Skype or similar technology.

What TOEFL score would I need?

This depends on the method of testing. We are looking for a score of at least 100 (for the IBT); 250 (for the CBT); and 600 (for the PBT).  We accept IELTS as a substitute for TOEFL. We may invite qualified students with lower scores to come to Boulder in the summer before they wish to enroll to take intensive English language classes at the university.

How many students will you admit each year?

We are currently aiming to admit a class of around 24 students each year. This program would be smaller than many other top-ranked schools and will enable more interactions with faculty and a more personal experience.

What are you looking for in admitted students?

We are recruiting lawyers mainly from outside the United States. We want our classes to include a diverse range of students from around the world who can excel in our program. Among the factors we will consider are:

  • excellence in prior legal studies;
  • prior work experience;
  • intellectual curiosity; and
  • passion to contribute to the law in an applicant’s home country.


How many credits are required?

28 credits.

Is a thesis required?

No. A thesis is an optional part of our LLM. Students who elect this option will work intensively with a faculty member to write a research paper that would be of publishable quality.

Would I take classes alongside JD students?

Yes. LLM students would take a required Introduction to U.S. Law separate from JD students. However, we want LLM students in other classes integrated with JD students so that these two groups of students can learn from one another. This mutual learning is one of Colorado’s core goals in this LLM program. Accordingly, we are committed to encouraging the interactions of LLM students with the JD student body in and outside the classroom.