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JD Curriculum

At the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, students can complete the 90 credit hour JD Curriculum as either full-time students in the Day Division or part-time students in the Evening Division. Students typically complete the full-time program in 3 years and the part-time program in 4 years.

The Evening Division was initially organized in 1895, 3 years after Denver Law was established, and is designed for students engaged in outside employment, family, and other obligations necessitating part-time study.

In addition to the traditional JD curriculum, Denver Law offers a Summer Start Option to help student accelerate their degree and additional options for advanced study to further enhance your legal education.

Day & Evening Division Course Loads & Times

Students in both divisions should expect should expect to be on campus 4-5 days per week. Courses are scheduled Monday through Friday and do not typically meet after 3pm on Fridays. Some specialty & higher level courses may meet on weekends.

Day Division

During their first year, Day students complete the first-year JD curriculum by taking 4 courses per semester, equivalent to 15 credits each term. 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.

Classes in the Day Division are held between 8:00 a.m. and 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.

Evening Division

During their first year, Evening students take 3 courses per semester, equivalent to 11 credits each term. Evening students take an additional 8 required courses in the fall semester of their 2nd year to complete the first-year JD curriculum. 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.

Classes in the evening division are held between 5:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. First year Evening Division classes meet two or three times a week and range from 50 minutes to 100 minutes long.

Sections

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 three sections with approximately 75 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 sub-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 day division classes also teach the evening classes.

Degree Requirements

Denver Law offers a comprehensive JD degree in an atmosphere that never lacks for innovation. The JD program requires the completion of 90 credit hours. Through our Experiential Advantage Curriculum, students can earn up to 30 credit hours through real or simulated legal practice.

The First Year Curriculum requires the following courses:

DAY DIVISION
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Lawyering Process I Lawyering Process II
Civil Procedure Constitutional Law
Two of the following each term:
Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, Torts

EVENING DIVISION
Fall Semester Spring Semester Fall Semester (2nd yr)
Lawyering Process I Lawyering Process II Constitutional Law
Civil Procedure Two of the following: One of the following:
One of the following:
Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, Torts

Required Upper Division Courses:

  • Evidence
  • Administrative Law
  • Legal Profession

Other Requirements:

Summer Start Option

The Summer Start Option is designed to offer students a quicker route through law school by allowing students to complete the 90 credit hour JD curriculum in 2.5 years. Students who choose the Summer Start Option start courses in May, instead of August, and graduate in December, 2.5 years later.

Additional Degree & Certificate Options

At Denver Law, you can enhance your legal education in a number of ways, including through our Law Certificate Programs and Dual-Degree Programs.

Additionally, certain DU undergraduate students can take advantage of our Six Year Bachelor/JD Program