Certificates

DU Law offers the following Certificate Programs:

Certificate of Studies (CS) in Natural Resources Law and Policy

Academic Certificate program for professionals who wish to obtain specialization skills in natural resources law but are unable to devote a full year to masters degree study. The total credit requirement is 16 semester credits chosen from courses in the approved ENRLP curriculum. Open to applicants with a JD or foreign primary law degree equivalent, or a natural resources related undergraduate/graduate degree.

Certificate in Corporate and Commercial Law for Practicing Attorneys

Denver Law is pleased to offer a new stand-alone Certificate in Corporate and Commercial Law where practicing attorneys may take business law courses (including courses with hands-on drafting exercises) either to retool or advance their understanding and expertise in the area. The Certificate is open to all domestic and international primary law degree holders. If you have an interest in learning more about the Certificate, more information can be found here or please contact Graduate Legal Studies at gradlegalstudies@law.du.edu

Legal Administration Certificate – ONLINE

The Certificate Program is designed to provide an academic credential, conferred at the College of Law graduation, for persons who are not candidates for the Master of Science in Legal Administration (MSLA) degree.

Students take courses to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the following areas: law firm administration, court administration or international court administration. The Certificate is awarded upon successful completion of a wide variety of MSLA courses. The program allows for flexibility; enrolled students may design the certificate curriculum to suit their individual needs. Practicing administrators are encouraged to apply for candidacy. A bachelor’s degree is required for the certificate.

The Certificate in Law Firm Administration, Court Administration or International Court Administration requires completion of 18 semester hours and is completed online.

More information can be found here.

Solo and Small Practice Management Certificate

The Solo and Small Practice Management Certificate provides attorneys with the necessary business skills and knowledge to open and operate a legal practice. This program helps attorneys bridge the gap between lawyering and operating a solo or small legal practice. The certificate can be completed in one year and will cover all aspects of operating a law practice and a business, including but not limited to: client service and relationship management, trust accounts, accounting processes, marketing, law practice administration, business development, social media, and billing and fees.

The Solo and Small Practice Management Certificate is available to those currently holding a J.D. or foreign equivalent law degree. In order to complete the Certificate, students must complete a total of 16 credit hours.

More information can be found here.

Certificates in Selected Environmental and Natural Resources Courses

A non-degree program open to professionals, lawyers or non-lawyers, who wish to select courses relating to specific disciplines in environmental and natural resources law. Must enroll at least in 5 courses. Please see “non-degree/special status” application procedures below.

Non-Degree Options

You can take courses at DU to update or enhance your education even if you do not intend to enroll in a formal graduate degree. You can also begin as a non-degree student to try out our classes and matriculate into degree program during a later term (restrictions apply).

You may take courses as a special-status student for credit at a regular tuition rate of $1,623 for law courses and $1,320 for Graduate Tax courses or audit course for No Credit at a reduced rate.

Enrollment Details

  • You must hold a bachelor’s degree to be eligible for special status.
  • To apply, complete the special-status form with the appropriate departmental signature. You must re-apply to the appropriate graduate department each term. Proof of degree is required.
  • Once accepted, you may register with new students immediately prior to the beginning of each term (not during priority registration).
  • Some academic units do not allow special-status enrollment.
  • Admission as a special-status student does not guarantee admission to any regular DU graduate degree program.
  • Special Status students are not eligible for federal financial aid or scholarships. For information on private financing options, please go to the Office of Financial Aid’s website.

If at a later time you want to enter a graduate degree program at DU, you may apply up to 15 special status quarter hours or 10 semester hours to your degree, with departmental approval. Just follow the regular graduate application requirements, including submitting the application fee, to get started.

Auditing Policies

  • All Auditors are enrolled as “special status” non-degree seeking students. Auditors cannot take course examinations and cannot receive academic credit for audited courses under any circumstances.
    Community members may audit a course subject to classroom capacity and professor approval (or departmental approval, if auditing a Tax course).
  • The rate is $250 per quarter credit hour for Tax courses and $350 per semester credit hour for Law courses.
  • Alumni of the College of Law (from any degree or certificate program) may audit one course at no charge, and all subsequent courses at 50% of the current published audit rate.
  • Tax courses are cross-listed with Law courses – normal CLE credit approval through CBA applies.