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The Sturm College of Law has long been recognized as a pioneer in experiential learning, opening the nation’s first law school clinic in 1904. The school was cited in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report as one of three law schools demonstrating “best practices” in the field. Our new Experiential Advantage Curriculum™ combines live client clinics, high-quality externships—including a new Semester in Practice Externship—and legal simulation courses.
The Sturm College of Law Chair in Modern Learning and the SCOL Modern Learning Committee have developed criteria for a series of classroom simulation and experiential learning courses that effectively incorporate all three Carnegie apprenticeships: analytical thinking, expert practice, and professional identity formation. A number of existing, traditional law courses have been modified for integration. These “Carnegie Integrated Courses (CIC)” are being piloted at the SCOL, and the expectation is that more will be added every year.
As part of the IBT LLM program curriculum, students are strongly advised to take the Drafting and Negotiation in International Business Context, which was designed to address all the CIC criteria.
With approximately 450 placements each year, Denver Law’s Legal Externship Program effectively bridges the gap between classroom learning and the application of legal skills in the workplace. The Legal Externship Program is organized into ten clearly defined programs specifically focused on practice areas ranging from private firm practice to nonprofit work. Each of the programs requires students to earn field work credits through work in a legal setting. Students in each program also participate in an accompanying one-credit seminar taught by Legal Externship Program faculty that focuses on legal skills and professional identity. During the semester, students obtain valuable feedback from a supervising attorney in the field while actively reflecting on their work experience under the oversight of an Externship faculty member.
The International Law Society (ILS) was one of the first student organizations in the country dedicated to international law, in addition to its distinction as one of the largest student member groups in the International Law Student Association (ILSA). It has been repeatedly recognized by the ILSA as the top student organization in the U.S. and DU students are frequently among ILSA’s national executive leaders.
Fluency in Spanish opens doors to a world of legal opportunities. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the U.S. and one of the three most commonly used languages in the world. Increasingly, law schools are internationalizing their curricula through the teaching of foreign languages in the classroom. The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is proud to be one of the first institutions in the country to pioneer an immersion method of language and law learning. Effective legal representation of Spanish-speaking clients in the U.S. and overseas requires a sophisticated set of legal, cultural and language skills that can only be taught by experienced legal professionals. Courses offered through the Lawyering in Spanish program include International Business Transactions in Spanish, Labor Law in Spanish, Immigration Law in Spanish and Counseling and Negotiation in Spanish.
Bilingualism is a valuable credential for global professionals. Recognizing this, the Lawyering in Spanish program consistently develops new opportunities for law students to develop the tools necessary to thrive in today’s competitive legal market.
Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
image Every year, students from the Sturm College of Law travel to either Vienna or Hong Kong to compete in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. The Vis Moot competition provides a unique learning experience to Sturm College of Law students. Not only must students master a complex, but ubiquitous body of international law (the CISG), they have the opportunity to hone their oral presentation and advocacy skills in a truly international setting. Students interact and compete with talented students from all over the world at the Vienna and Hong Kong competitions. It is a truly international experience. The Sturm College of Law values student moot court experiences, and provides many opportunities for in-depth student learning through such competitions. However, the Vis Moot is the only one focused on the private side of international law. In a world in which commerce, trade, and arbitration are indispensable elements of modern legal practice, the Vis Moot is truly a great experience for any law student.
For more information students should contact Professor and team coach Todd Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org.