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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 or part-time students. Students typically complete the full-time program in 3 years and the part-time program in 4 years.

The part-time 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 additional options for advanced study to further enhance your legal education.

Full-Time & Part-Time Division Course Loads & Times

Full-Time Division

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

Students in the full-time division should expect should expect to be on campus 4-5 days per week. First year classes meet two to three times per week, and are 70-100 minutes in length. Courses are scheduled Monday through Friday between 8:00am – 5:30pm, and do not, typically, meet after 3pm on Fridays.

After the first year of study, students can choose to enroll in classes held during the day, in the evening, or on the weekends.

Part-Time Division

During their first year, part-time students take 3 courses per semester, equivalent to 11 credits each term. Part-time students take two additional required courses in the fall semester of their second year to complete the first-year JD curriculum.

First-year classes, in the part-time division, are hybrid classes – with some coursework on-campus and some coursework online. Classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays. Classes are on-campus every other weekend, and meet online the other weekends.

After the first year of study, students can choose to enroll in classes held during the day, in the evening, or on the weekends.

Sections

Approximately 250 students enter the J.D. program each year and, of this total, about 215 students enter the full-time division. The full-time division is divided into three sections with approximately 75 students each. The part-time 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.

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:

FULL-TIME 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

PART-TIME 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:

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