Entering Denver Law as a first year student (a “1L”) is an exciting experience. You are immediately immersed in learning the basics of the law. In the beginning, your academic schedule is straightforward. Every 1L takes the required first-year courses: Civil Procedure, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Lawyering Process I & II, Property and Torts.

As you move into your second and third (and for evening students, your fourth) years of law school, though some requirements for graduation remain, you begin to choose which classes to take. This is your opportunity to shape your legal education at Denver Law. As you make your plans, please consult these sources:

ACADEMIC ADVISING AT DENVER LAW: This powerpoint is designed to help you think about shaping your legal education.

PATHWAYS AT DENVER LAW: If you are interested in studying a particular area of the law, consult this guide.


The Peer Mentoring Program provides first year students an opportunity to connect with a second or third year student to talk about all aspects of life and learning at Denver Law. Peer Mentors also act as a sounding board for times when law school becomes particularly hectic. Peer mentors and students are assigned at the end of Orientation Week.

The Professional Mentoring Program offers law students the opportunity to develop a professional relationship with a practicing lawyer or judge. Students and mentors are matched by interest areas, and they participate in a series of practice-oriented discussions.

Academic Achievement Program

The Academic Achievement Program at Denver Law offers the Summer Preview Program to help students understand what will be expected of them in the typical first year of law school and prepare for law school success. During the week of Orientation, the Academic Achievement Program offers sessions to all incoming students, focusing on reading and briefing cases, class preparation and participation, and after class review strategies.

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