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.

Required courses after the first-year

The only courses you must take are Legal Profession, Evidence and Administrative Law.

Upper Level Writing Requirement

All law students must satisfy the Upper Level Legal Writing Requirement prior to graduation. This requirement can be satisfied by taking the course Advanced Legal Writing, taking a designated seminar or clinic, completing a Directed Research Project, or receiving certification from a professor.

Public Service Requirement

To ensure that Denver Law remains in the forefront of public service, every JD student is required to perform a minimum of 50 hours of supervised, uncompensated, law-related public service work during his or her law school career as a prerequisite to graduation. The requirement can be satisfied by completing an externship, a practicum, a pre-approved course, or a clinic. See the Public Service Requirement website for more information.

Experiential Learning

At Denver Law we aim to prepare students for the legal profession or their chosen path by offering more integrated and experiential learning in a well balanced curriculum. To that end, consider participating in one of the clinics, completing a legal externship, joining a trial team, taking a capstone course or critical thinking seminar, studying abroad, or participating in the the Lawyering in Spanish program.

Bar Exam

Another factor to consider when choosing your electives is the topics covered by the Bar Exam. Taking these courses will help prepare you: Real Property, Criminal Procedure, Business Associations, Federal Civil Procedure, Secured Transactions, Family Law, and Wills, Estates and Trusts.

Academic Support

From time to time, students find that beyond guidance about choosing courses or areas of specialization they need additional support in their studies. The Academic Achievement Program can help you master the skills necessary for success in law school, or on the bar exam. If the stress of law school is overwhelming you make an appointment with the staff of Student Affairs. They are always available to help you through the tough times.

Student Handbook

The Student Handbook contains the School’s academic rules and policies, including detailed information about the requirements for the J.D., LL.M. and other degrees, registration and submission deadlines for all academic work, and policies regarding exams, academic honesty, and leaves of absence.

For a list of faculty and administrative staff who can help, click here