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, Lawyering Process I, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, Torts, Lawyering Process II, Constitutional Law.


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.

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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