Day and Evening Divisions | Degree Requirements

Day and Evening Divisions

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law offers a day program, requiring three years of full-time study, and an evening division, requiring four years of part-time study leading to the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.).


The University of Denver Sturm College of Law was established in 1892 and separate day and evening divisions were organized in 1895. The evening division was designed for students engaged in outside employment, family, and other obligations necessitating part-time study. The part-time evening division is also designed for those wanting to ease into law school while taking a lessened credit load.


Incoming first year students are automatically registered for first year classes. Full-time day students take 15 credits per semester and part-time evening students take 11 credits per semester. After the first year of study, students have full-cross registration between day and evening classes and may switch divisions depending on availability of space in that division. 90 semester hours are required to graduate with a J.D. degree.


Approximately 260 students enter the J.D. program each year and, of this total, about 225 students enter the full-time day division. The day division is divided into four sections with approximately 55 students each. The evening division is its own section with approximately 35 students. Each section has the same class schedule and attends classes together for the first year.

Sections are divided into even smaller suc-sections for the Lawyering Process Class, which gives first-year students early, hands-on exposure to the crucial skills of research, writing, negotiation, and persuasion. The same professors who teach the full-time day division classes also teach the evening classes.

Class Times

Classes in the day division are held Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. First year day division classes meet two to three times a week and range from 50 minutes to 100 minutes long.

Classes in the evening division are held Monday – Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and sometimes on Saturday. First year evening division classes meet two or three times a week and range from 50 minutes to 100 minutes long.

For both divisions you should expect to be in class on campus four to five days a week.


Degree Requirements

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law offers a comprehensive J.D. degree in an atmosphere that never lacks for innovation.

Our first year curriculum includes the following courses:

  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Lawyering Process (two semesters)
  • Civil Procedure
  • Torts
  • Property
  • Constitutional Law

Required courses after first year:

  • Perspective Elective
  • Evidence
  • Administrative Law
  • Prof. Responsibility

Other requirements: