Second and Third Years
In contrast to the highly structured first-year program, second and third year courses are almost all electives. Faculty advisors are a good resource to help you shape your law school experience. The only courses you must take are Legal Profession, Evidence, and Administrative Law. Beyond that, Denver Law offers five areas of specialization: Environmental and Natural Resources Law, International and Comparative Law, Workplace Law, Corporate/Commercial Law, and Constitutional Rights and Remedies. You are not required to specialize, but if you wish to, visit each area’s website for a list of classes and information to help you design your curriculum.
Descriptions of all courses can be found here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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