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To be admitted to the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, you must hold a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree from an accredited college or university. No undergraduate field of study is favored, based on evidence that a strong student in any major can develop the skills of writing, analysis, and persuasion necessary for success in law school.

First-Year JD Application Requirements

  • Completed online application. The application will include your:
    • Resume – should list employment experience, educational background and extracurricular and community activities. It should also include any honors and awards you have received. Please include dates for all items on your resume.
    • Personal statement – Keeping in mind the fact that your LSAT score and undergraduate GPA are only a part of what the Admissions Committee will consider, you should take this opportunity to explain to the committee why you should be selected for admission to Denver Law. Topics that the committee may consider helpful in evaluating your qualifications may include:
      • Significant personal experiences beyond what may be reflected in your transcripts and on your resume.
      • Characteristics and experiences that you will bring the Sturm College of Law and the legal profession that distinguish you from other applicants.
      • Long-range career plans and goals that you intend to pursue with your law degree.
      • The intellectual contribution you will make to the classroom.
    • $65 non-refundable application fee.
  • Completed Credential Assembly Service Report from LSAC. This requires the following items:
    • Valid Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score
    • All transcripts from any post-secondary schooling completed.
    • Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers evaluating your analytical skills, writing ability, and/or personal integrity.

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
    • If you have completed any post-secondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, these transcripts must be submitted to the LSAC to be translated and evaluated. A foreign credential evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and included with your CAS report.
      • We will not accept any other translation or evaluation services for the admissions process.
      • If you have questions, contact LSAC at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 215.968.1001
  • TOEFL/IELTS
    • A TOEFL or IELTS score is required, unless you have completed a post-secondary degree at an institution whose language of instruction and testing is English. The whole program of study must have been completed in English.
      • Request that your test scores be sent from the testing organization to LSAC
        • LSAC TOEFL Code: 0058
    • The University of Denver requires the following minimum scores:
      • TOEFL Paper-based test: 587
      • TOEFL Internet-based test: 95
      • IELTS: 7.0