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Reservation of Rights

The provisions of this handbook are informational and are subject to change at any time. The College of Law expressly reserves the right to change the requirements for admission or graduation, the right to modify the offering, timing, and content of courses, and the right to change regulations affecting the student body, including but not limited to the requirements relating to grading, academic standing, and disqualification.

The College of Law does not assume responsibility for loss or damage to personal property belonging to students. Students should inspect their own insurance policies to determine whether limits are sufficient to cover their belongings.

Students are responsible for ascertaining and following all rules, policies and procedures contained in this handbook.

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About This Supplement

The Student Handbook provides information particularly relevant to JD students and many, although not all, of the Student Handbook sections are also applicable to ENRGP LL.M., MRLS and CS students. This Supplement is intended to provide information to supplement information found in the Student Handbook. In general, where there is a discrepancy between the Handbook and this Supplement, the text appearing in the Supplement takes priority. A student who is unable to discern whether the provisions of the Handbook or the Supplement apply in a given instance should consult with his or her Director of Graduate Studies.

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Academic Requirements

  • Graduation Requirements
    • LL.M. in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and Policy
      Detailed requirements are set out in the appropriate appendix. Generally, in order to obtain the Master of Laws in Natural Resources Law and Policy a student must:
      • Complete 24 semester hours in approved courses with passing credits;
      • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0;
      • Earn all credit within the provisions of the one year/three year rule. (This rule states that a full-time student must meet all the requirements for the LL.M. degree by the end of the first academic year following initial registration, and a part-time student must meet those requirements by the end of the third academic year following initial registration.) Note: in exceptional cases such as illness, death in the immediate family the ENRGP Director of Graduate Studies may approve an extension of one year.
      • pay all financial obligations including outstanding tuition, service fees, and fines.
    • Master of Resources Law Studies
      Detailed requirements are set out in the appropriate appendix. Generally, in order to obtain the Master of Resources Law Studies degree a student must:
      • Complete 24 semester hours in approved courses with passing credits;
      • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0;
      • Earn all credit within the provisions of the one year/three year rule. (This rule states that a full-time student must meet all the requirements for the Master of Resources Law Studies degree by the end of the first academic year following initial registration, and a part-time student must meet those requirements by the end of the third academic year following initial registration.) Note: in exceptional cases such as illness, death in the immediate family the ENRGP Director of Graduate Studies may approve an extension of one year.
      • Pay all financial obligations including outstanding tuition, service fees, and fines.
    • Certificate of Studies in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy (Certificate of Studies)
      Detailed requirements are set out in the appropriate appendix. Generally, in order to obtain the Certificate of Studies in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy a student must:
      • Complete 16 semester hours in approved courses with passing credits;
      • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0;
      • Earn all credit within the provisions of the one year/three year rule. (This rule states that a full-time student must meet all the requirements for the Certificate of Studies by the end of the first academic year following initial registration, and a part-time student must meet those requirements by the end of the third academic year following initial registration.) Note: in exceptional cases such as illness, death in the immediate family the ENRGP Director of Graduate Studies may approve an extension of one year.
      • Pay all financial obligations including outstanding tuition, service fees, and fines.
  • Specialization Requirements
    The ENRGP LL.M., ENRGP MRLS, and ENRGP CS may be awarded without specialization or may upon fulfillment of core requirements indicate a candidate’s specialization within the program of study in one or more of the following subjects:
    • Environmental Law and Policy
    • Land Use Law and Policy
    • Mineral Law and Policy
    • Energy Law and Policy
    • Water Law and Policy
    • International Resources Transactions Law and Policy
    • Oil and Gas Law and Policy
    • Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy

A Certificate of Studies student may not qualify for more than one specialization. A Master of Resources Law Studies or Master of Laws (LL.M.) student may not qualify for more than two specializations. Core ENRGP course requirements for each specialization are found in the appropriate appendix. Courses required to earn specializations may not all be available in evenings; thus, students attending on an evening-only basis may be unable to earn a specialization.

  • Required Courses
    • The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program
      The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program (ENRGP) coordinates four programs of advanced study:
      • Master of Laws in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and Policy (LL.M.),
      • Master of Resources Law Studies (MRLS),
      • Certificate of Studies in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy (CS), and
      • Individual certificate courses.

The list of options and courses for each program of study and the requirements for graduation are detailed in the Regulations (reproduced in the appendices to this supplement). It is the responsibility of the student to familiarize himself/herself with the respective relevant regulations. Students are encouraged to meet with the ENRGP Assistant Director Director of Graduate Studies if they have questions about the degree/certificate requirements.

In general, a student seeking an ENRGP advanced degree/certificate can, after consultation with and approval by the ENRGP Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, select any combination of courses from the list of approved courses and options (i.e., no required courses).

  • Course of Study
    • Section Assignments
      Students entering an Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program course of study (LL.M. Master of Laws in Resources Law and Policy, MRLS Master of Resources Law Studies, CS Certificate of Studies in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy) will be assigned by the College of Law as belonging to the ENRGP section. Students must register for and attend only those classes approved for their program.
    • Academic Overload
      Students need the written approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in order to register for more than 18 semester hours. Full-time students normally carry an average load of 12 semester hours. Students in the ENRGP program interested in taking an academic overload (in excess of 18 hours) must consult with their program’s respective Director of Graduate Studies who will act as the liaison with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
    • Evening and Day Divisions Distinction Does Not Apply
      The distinction between Evening and Day Division students do not apply to ENRGP LL.M., ENRLP MRLS and ENRLP CS students. ENRGP LL.M., ENRGP MRLS and ENRGP CS students may register for both day and evening courses.
    • Withdrawing/Taking a Leave of Absence
      A student in good standing, i.e., grade-point of 2.0 or greater, may request a leave of absence for up to 12 months (note: special restrictions may apply to some international students). A student who plans to take a leave of absence or withdraw from the College of Law must submit a request form to their Director of Graduate Studies prior to withdrawing from classes or leaving school. No withdrawal or leave of absence is complete without prior approval. Students who are granted a leave of absence can extend the College of Law’s maximum degree/certificate time limits. The regulations state that, in most instances, the maximum allowable time allowed for completion, absent an approved leave of absence, is as follows:
      • 3 yrs – ENRGP LL.M.
      • 3 yrs – ENRGP MRLS
      • 2 yrs – ENRGP CS

Note: International students should note that visa restrictions may effectively reduce the maximum time limit.

  • Course Advisors
    After enrollment, students in the ENRGP program should schedule a meeting with their program’s Assistant Director of Graduate Studies who shall be the student’s course advisor. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Assistant Director of Graduate studies when he/she feels the need for assistance. Students are encouraged to also seek advice from other members of the faculty about matters within their area of interest.

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Registering for Courses

  • Registration Procedures
    Newly admitted students can be registered for classes during the week of orientation but are encouraged to register as soon as the registration period opens up; information in this regard will be sent to them via e-mail as soon as it becomes available. All continuing students are expected to register for classes in preceding semesters. Course information and registration procedures are provided each semester by the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies.

    All students in the ENRGP program should obtain from the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies an approved and signed “Advising and Course Request Form” before registering for any course. Information regarding registration for foreign students and students with special needs will be available from the Graduate Program Office at the time of acceptance.
  • Free Credit Policy
    ENRGP advanced degree/certificate students are expected to pay the normal tuition rate for all courses they take, i.e., no free credits including credits taken in excess of degree/certificate requirements.
  • Crossing Division Lines
    ENRGP advanced degree and certificate program students may register for courses in the day and evening; i.e., they are not registered as either day or evening division students.
  • Dropping and Adding Courses
    A student must first consult with and obtain the permission of the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies before dropping or adding a course. For additional details, refer to the Student Handbook.

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Alternative Credits

  • Simultaneous Degree Program
    Students earning an ENRGP LLM may simultaneously apply for and work toward a JD. See appendix for details.
  • Colorado School of Mines Interuniversity Arrangement (ENRGP Students Only)
    There is an interuniversity arrangement with the Colorado School of Mines in which students may take up to six credits at the Colorado School of Mines for academic credit toward the ENRGP LL.M. and the ENRGP MRLS graduation requirements. Students interested in taking a course at the Colorado School of Mines should pick up the procedural description from the Registrar and schedule a meeting with the ENRGP Assistant Director of Graduate Studies.
  • Credits Earned Outside the College of Law
    Recognizing that some advanced degrees should allow a student to gain expertise in specialized topics which may not be currently offered by the College of Law, provision has been made to allow students to earn a limited number of credits toward graduation requirements.

    ENRGP LL.M. and ENRGP MRLS students may earn up to 6 credits by taking courses in specialized topics relating to their program of studies at other universities and other departments of the University of Denver. Such courses require the approval of the ENRGP Assistant Director of Graduate Studies. Students should review the regulations for their degree and consult with the ENRGP Assistant Director of Graduate Studies.

  • Directed Research
    Directed Research provides an opportunity for students to study and write in a specialized topic approved by their Director of Graduate Studies and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and under the supervision of a faculty member. Before applying for the Directed Research option consult with your Director of Graduate Studies. Approval for Directed Research must be obtained in the semester preceding the one in which the course is to be taken. Students interested in this option should possess good research and writing skills and be capable of independent work. Normally, two to three credits are awarded for each successfully completed directed research course of study. In exceptional circumstances, your respective Director of Graduate Studies may allow a student to complete a one hour directed research course of study. For further information see Directed Research in the course description portion of the most Registrar’s page.
  • Internship/Externship Program
    • ENRGP
      This option is designed to allow flexibility for ENRGP LL.M. and ENRGP MRLS students to work in a natural resources or environmental related firm or institution. Some limitations may apply to International Students depending on their visa status. See the ENRGP Director of Graduate Studies for details.
  • Admission with Advanced Standing/Transfer Credits
    A student interested in any of the transfer options described in this section should meet with their Director of Graduate Studies to discuss the transfer process.
    • A student who has completed some of the requirements for the award of the ENRGP LL.M. or the ENRGP MRLS may be permitted to transfer to the ENRGP CS program with advanced standing.
    • A student who has completed all or some of the requirements for the award of the ENRGP CS, meets the ENRGP MRLS admission requirements, and has a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 but who has not yet been awarded the ENRGP CS may be permitted to transfer to the ENRGP MRLS degree program with advanced standing.
    • A student in the JD program at the College of Law may pursue the LLM degree as a dual degree student. A student enrolled in both programs will earn 80 hours for the JD and 24 for the LLM. Both degrees must be completed at the same time.
    • A student who has completed all or some of the requirements for the award of the ENRGP CS, meets the ENRGP LL.M. admission requirements, and has a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 but who has not yet been awarded the ENRGP CS may be permitted to transfer to the ENRGP LL.M. degree program with advanced standing.
    • A student who, prior to registration for the ENRGP LL.M. or ENRGP MRLS programs, has completed postgraduate courses in the Natural Resources Law Degree Programs as a student under an interuniversity cooperation program approved by the University may receive advanced standing up to a maximum of six credits.

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Examinations and Grading

  • Examination Procedures
    • Course Grading and Assessment Methods
      The method used to assess a student’s grade in each course is determined by the course instructor. Standard examination procedures are followed in the case where the grade is to be based solely on a final examination.
    • International Students
      At the discretion of the Registrar and in accordance with faculty policy, international students whose first language is not English may be allowed an additional time increment for in-class exams and/or finals. No additional time increment is allowed for take-home exams or research papers. For further information contact the Registrar.
  • Grading System
    • Repetition of Classes Effect of an F on Grade Point Average

A student must repeat any required course in which his or her grade was “F” (Note: at the present time there are no required courses for ENRGP LL.M., ENRGP MRLS, and the ENRGP CS). Students may elect to repeat any course in which they receive a grade of “F” but both grades are recorded on the transcript and will be used to compute a student’s grade point average.

  • Academic Probation and Dismissal Policy
    ENRGP LL.M., ENRLP MRLS, and ENRGP CS students are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 to be considered in good standing. Students not in good standing are subject to the College of Law’s academic probation and dismissal policy (for details, see Student Handbook).

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Graduation Procedures

  • Prospective Graduate
    ENRGP LL.M., ENRGP MRLS, and ENRGP CS candidates who intend to graduate within the next semester, should file a Graduation Information Card with the Registrar’s Office along with an intent form signed by their Assistant Director of Graduate Studies verifying that they have successfully completed or are currently registered for courses that will complete all degree/certificate requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to be knowledgeable about their respective degree/certificate requirements at the University of Denver College of Law and successfully complete those requirements prior to the anticipated date of graduation. It should be noted that graduation ceremonies are reserved strictly for recipients of degrees (no CS).
  • Honors, Prizes and Awards
    ENRGP LL.M., ENRGP MRLS and ENRGP CS students are eligible for some, but not all, the honors, prizes and awards listed in the Student Handbook. For details, see your respective Director of Graduate Studies. In addition, the following awards are offered:
    • ENRGP Outstanding Scholars
      ENRGP LL.M. and MRLS graduating students who earn an average of A or better for her/his entire course of study will be designated a ENRGP Outstanding Scholar.

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Personal Responsibilities

  • Student Employment
    A student taking 12 or more credit hours must not work in excess of 20 hours per week or 300 hours per semester. Scholastic difficulties, resulting from employment, will not be given special consideration in any subsequent dismissal and readmission proceedings. Students who find that significant employment is necessary to finance their legal education or other living needs are encouraged to meet with their Assistant Director of Graduate Studies to discuss balancing work and study needs. Students are required to disclose to the Graduate Program office, each semester, information related to place of employment and number of hours worked per week. International students ability to work may be further limited as a result of visa restrictions; students should consult with the International Student Advisor for the University of Denver with regards to any such restrictions.

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Registrar Transactions

  • Class Ranking
    The College of Law does not rank students seeking the ENRGP LL.M., ENRGP MRLS, or ENRGP CS.

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Tuition

See Student Handbook »

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Financial Aid

  • International Students
    The University of Denver generally does not have loans or grants available for international (foreign) students. Students who have been admitted to the ENRGP program may apply for a number of scholarships.

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Student Bar Association (SBA)

  • SBA Fees and General Information
    At the present time, LL.M., ENRLP LL.M., ENRLP MRLS, and ENRLP CP students are not members of the SBA.

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Office of Career Development & Opportunities

  • Special Events
    The Office of Career Development & Opportunities services described in the Student Handbook are available to all LL.M., ENRGP LL.M., ENRGP MRLS, and ENRGP CP students. Check with your respective Director of Graduate Studies to learn more about other special events that may be planned from time to time by the Office of Career Development & Opportunities staff.

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