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The University of Denver Sturm College of Law opened its doors in 1892, and has been breaking ground in legal education ever since. Our faculty pride themselves in training students for successful careers as legal practitioners by offering a variety of challenging and exciting courses in addition to experiential learning opportunities through our clinics, externships with law firms and clerkships with judges. With our location at the foot of the Colorado Rockies, you’ll live, work, and play in one of the most beautiful areas of the world.
We strive to make the application process at Denver Law as smooth as possible. Never hesitate to contact us with a specific question or concern. If you’d like additional information about Denver Law, fill out our catalog request form and we’ll put you on our mailing list. If you’re ready to apply, please check out our online application.
Our curriculum reflects our two priorities:
First, it produces graduates who are practice-ready and prepared to hit the ground running. This part of our curriculum is all about experiential learning, the most effective way to teach lawyers. With our nationally recognized clinics and legal writing program, one of the largest externship programs in the country, and an ever-growing menu of problem- and simulation-based “capstone” courses, Denver Law is a leader in training skilled lawyers, who graduate with meaningful and marketable legal experience.
Second, our curriculum includes five substantive areas of specialization, designed to maximize our students’ opportunities:
In each of these growing areas, we provide cutting-edge instruction by leading scholars and practitioners, as well as experiential learning opportunities. We offer day and evening class schedules, so that you can earn your degree at a convenient time for you, and dual degree programs that allow you to supplement your J.D. with an advanced degree. And with a student-faculty ratio of 13:1 you’ll be sure to get the individual attention you deserve.
Denver Law is perfectly located near downtown Denver, and a robust legal community with strong ties to our school. Students can try cases at the courthouses as part of our clinical program, extern in a variety of settings or work part-time in law offices and at the State Capitol. Affordable housing is located nearby, and downtown Denver is just a short ride away on the light rail line, which has a station two blocks from campus.
Denver is a vibrant city located in a stunningly beautiful part of the country. Here you truly can have the best of both worlds: you can enjoy all of the benefits available in a major metropolitan area and easily escape the city to enjoy the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Approximately 85% of our students receive some sort of financial aid and 41% receive institutional scholarships. Institutional scholarship awards are given out through the application process; no separate application is required for most merit scholarships.
One scholarship program that requires an application are the Chancellor Scholarship. The Chancellor Scholarship provides 10-12 full tuition scholarships for students with a demonstrated history of excellence in scholarship and public service.