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Important Reminders and Information
DU ID Number
You have been assigned a DU ID number which was included in your admission letter/email (and most other application correspondence from our office). This ID number, which starts with “87…” is used to uniquely identify your records at the university. Having this number handy will help various offices on campus look up your student record.
PioneerWeb is our online student portal. Through PioneerWeb, you can pay your tuition deposit, view your financial aid award information, and complete many other tasks, such as: registration, paying your bill, waiving your health insurance, etc.
To access PioneerWeb, you will need your DU ID number and a password. The first time you access PioneerWeb, your default password will be your birth date in a MMDDYY format.
As an admitted student, you will have access to the “Incoming Graduate Student” tab, which will have a lot of information for incoming students. Once you pay your deposit, you will receive access to the “Law Student” tab which will have additional functions that are available only to deposited students (waiving health insurance, paying your bill, registration, etc).
In order to confirm your intention to attend Denver Law, you will need to submit your first $300 tuition deposit by April 21, 2016 and a second tuition deposit of $300 by June 9, 2016. Students admitted after mid-April may have different deadlines, please check your admission letter.
Transfer and Advanced Standing students pay only one $300 deposit, the due date for which is in your admission letter.
These deposits are non-refundable and will be credited toward your first tuition payment. Your deposit can be paid via using electronic check (ACH) or credit card. You can also send in a check directly to the Office of Admissions.
To pay your tuition deposit online:
- Go to: PioneerWeb (login instructions above)
- Go to the “Incoming Graduate Student” tab
- This tab is not available immediately after your admission. You’ll need to wait until the morning after you are admitted for it to be available to you.
- Follow the directions under “Submit Admission Deposit” in the center column
- Go to the “Incoming Graduate Student” tab
If you prefer to mail in a check, please make it out to the “University of Denver” and mail it to:
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Office of Admissions
2255 E Evans Ave, Suite 115
Denver, CO 80208
If you graduated after submitting your transcripts to LSAC, you will need to complete your file by providing the Office of Admissions with your final transcript documenting final grades and that a degree was conferred. Official transcripts can either be sent to LSAC or to the Admissions Office. These will need to arrive before the start of classes.
Have your transcripts sent to one of these addresses:
Law School Admission Council
662 Penn Street
PO BOX 2000-M
Newtown PA 18940-0993
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Office of Admissions
2255 East Evans Avenue, Suite 115
Denver, CO 80208
If your LSAC file includes all your transcripts with degree(s) conferred, you do not need to send updated transcripts.
Colorado law (see Colorado Revised Statutes 25-4-901 to 909) and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment requires all college and university students physically present on campus and enrolled for one or more classes, submit proof of immunization for measles, mumps and rubella. For detailed information about this requirement and instructions for submitting proof of immunity, go to the Health and Counseling Center website.
All new students must submit a Certificate of Immunization Form in order to attend Denver Law. If proof of immunity is not provided to the HCC, you will not be allowed to register for classes. In the event of an outbreak of one of these viruses on campus, you will be withdrawn from classes by the Health Department until the outbreak is contained. You will not be eligible for a tuition credit under these circumstances.
For more information contact:
The academic calendar is published annually by the Registrar’s Office. For 2016-17, orientation for new students will be held the week of August 8th, 2016. The first day of classes will be August 15th, 2016.
Summer Start Option
Students admitted to the Summer Start Option must pay their $600 tuition deposit by April 1, 2016. Summer classes will start on May 31, 2016.
Financial aid is important to most students attending law school. Our Office of Student Financial Management is here to help you understand your options and help you prepare for a successful law school career.
Their website lists a lot of information about the financial aid process, including information about:
Cost of Attendance
Students can receive financial aid up to their Cost of Attendance (or Student Budget). The cost of attendance includes both direct costs (tuition and fees) which are billed by the university and indirect costs (living expenses, books, etc) which are not billed directly to you but are a part of the costs of attending law school. It is meant to provide an estimate of the cost of one academic year at Denver Law; each students actual expenses, especially living expenses, will vary.
Tuition Payment Options
Tuition is typically due 10 days before classes begin. Fall semester 2016 tuition bills are due August 5th, 2016. Bills will be emailed mid-July reflecting the amount due after financial aid has been applied.
We encourage you to plan early and consider a variety of options as you prepare for your arrival in the fall.
On-campus housing is not available to graduate students. Housing and Residential Education lists some resources to help students look for off-campus housing.
Some other links you may find useful for your housing search are:
|Map of Denver neighborhoods||Off-Campus Housing Options near DU|
|Denver Craigslist||Denver Apartment List|
|Denver Apartments||Denver HotPads|
|Denver Zillow Rentals|
Parking permits are sold online starting in May. There is no deadline to purchase a permit; however, permits must be purchased by mid-July if you want them added to your fall semester bill. After this point, permits must be paid for at the time of purchase.
Keep in mind that high demand Restricted permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, the earlier you purchase your permit the more likely it is that you will get your desired lot choice.
A DU Parking Map is available online.
For information about parking permits or to purchase a permit contact:
Health Insurance and Health and Counseling Fee
All students attending the University of Denver are required to participate in the Student Health Insurance Plan if they do not have adequate personal health insurance coverage. The 2016-2017 premium is $1,330.00 per semester.
Additionally, all Denver Law students charged a Health and Counseling Fee which covers many of the services provided by the Heath and Counseling Center (HCC). This fee is $285 per semester for the 2016-17 academic year and can be waived. More information about fees and coverage can be found on the Health & Counseling Center website.
You may waive the Health Insurance if you have other coverage. Regardless of your decision on the DU Health Insurance Plan, you also have a choice to accept or waive the Health and Counseling Fee. Please see the Health and Counseling Fee information on the Health and Counseling website to see what the fee covers.
Health insurance may be waived online through the “Law Student” tab of PioneerWeb. The Accept/Waive Health Insurance link is listed under the “Registration Tools” box. You will need to wait until you are registered for classes before these fees can be waived (our Registrar’s Office usually begins registering students in early July).
For information about the Health Insurance Plan and Health and Counseling Fee, please contact:
Health and Counseling Center
Orientation is mandatory for incoming first-year, transfer and visiting students. It is structured to allow you to learn about the law school, meet fellow students, faculty, and administrators, and take care of all necessary business before classes begin. This year, orientation will start at on the following days:
- First-Year, Day Students – Starting the afternoon of Tuesday, August 9th
- First-Year, Evening Students – Starting the evening of Tuesday, August 9th
- Transfer and Visiting Students – Friday, August 12th.
- Additional information about orientation will be made available in the summer and can also be found on the Student Affairs Office website.
First-year and advanced standing students are automatically scheduled for their classes. The day division is divided into three sections and the evening division is its own section. Students in each section take their required core courses together and divide into even smaller groups for the school’s unique Lawyering Process course, which gives first-year students early, hands-on exposure to the crucial skills of research, writing, negotiation, and persuasion.
Registration for courses usually beings in July. Once you are registered, you can view your class schedule online on the “Law Student” tab of PioneerWeb, by clicking on “My Class Schedule” under the Law Student Resources section.
Transfer and visiting student will be contacted by the Office of the Registrar with registration information once your deposit/letter of intent are received.
Law books for incoming first year students will be available for purchase in August. Please be aware that, although unlikely, your class schedule may change up to and including the first day of orientation. In the event that your class schedule changes and you need to return or exchange your books. For a full refund, please do not take books out of their original packaging or write in them until you receive your final schedule.
The DU Bookstore is located in Driscoll Student Center South. If you have your schedule, you can look up required books online or in-person. Additionally, you can access a book list directly from your schedule in PioneerWeb.
All first year students are required to have a laptop to support their educational experience Denver Law. To read more about the laptop requirement please see go to the Educational Technology website.
The Law School Student Handbook covers academic policies and other important student information. Please read at your earliest convenience.
Denver and Colorado
Denver is located on high, rolling plains, approximately 15 miles from the foothills (a gentle series of peaks ranging from 7,000 to 11,000 feet high). Just beyond the foothills is the Continental Divide and a series of peaks as high as 14,000 feet, known locally as the Front Range. Contrary to popular belief, Denver has a mild, dry and arid climate and an average of 300 days of sun per year. Denver boasts over 200 parks, 450 miles of paved, designated bike trails, over 70 golf courses, and more than 143 free tennis courts. A short drive from Denver are opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, fishing, camping, horseback riding, sailing, or mountain biking. For more information about Denver and Colorado, please click here.
Helpful Introductory Law Materials
The following books are provided to help incoming first year law students adjust to and become more familiar with the law school experience. They are intended as merely a guide to assist students and are not required readings.
- “Bridging the Gap between College and Law School: Strategies for Success” by Ruta Stropus and Charlotte Taylor, 2009
- “Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams” by Michael Fischl and Jeremy Paul, 1999
- “The Law School Experience: Law, Legal Reasoning, and Lawyering” edited by Lissa Griffin and Bennett L. Gershman, 2000
- “May It Please the Court!” by Leonard Rivkin with Jeffrey Silberfeld, 2007
- “Starting Off Right in Law School” by Carolyn Nygren, 1997
- “A Woman’s Guide to Law School” by Linda Hirshman, 1999
- “Law School without Fear: Strategies for Success” by Helen Shapo and Marshall Shapo, 2009
- “One L” by Scott Turow, 2010
- “Gideon’s Trumpet” by Anthony Lewis, 1989
- “Law School Confidential” by Robert Miller, 2011