About Denver Law
You’ve come to the right place. The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is a top 100 law school with nationally ranked programs in environmental and natural resources law, legal writing, clinical training, trial advocacy and tax law. Our curriculum is innovative and global in its perspective, and our faculty members are some of the finest in the nation. They love to teach, and they recognize that the people filling their classrooms today are the same people who will shape tomorrow’s legal landscape. It’s their passion and commitment that makes Denver Law stand out from the rest.
Upon graduation, our students are equipped with the skills necessary to provide immediate and valuable contributions to the legal community. Not only are they comfortable drafting a brief or presenting an oral argument, but they are also dedicated to upholding the highest ethical standards of their profession. In keeping with being a private law school dedicated to the public good, each Denver Law student is required to perform a minimum of fifty hours of supervised public service work as a prerequisite to graduation. Students effectively integrate the theory of law with the practice of law while understanding their obligation to perform pro bono work and contribute to their community as practicing attorneys.
We offer substantive law courses—some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the nation—in Spanish and Russian and numerous unique writing courses, including those that teach students how to draft pre-trial motions and to negotiate and draft agreements. Our move to the state-of-the-art Frank H. Ricketson Jr. Law Building – the first LEED-certified Gold building in the U.S. – allowed for increased integration of the most sophisticated classroom technology. To distinguish themselves from graduates of other top law schools, Denver Law students can opt to earn certificates in one of six specialty areas of the law: Environmental and Natural Resources; International; Workplace; Corporate and Commercial; Constitutional Rights and Remedies; and Intellectual Property. These certificates are welcomed by prospective employers, as they illustrate that a Denver Law graduate has achieved mastery in a specific subject area.
Experiential approaches to legal education have been a part of the law school’s curriculum for well over a century. Denver Law was a pioneer in the development and offering of clinical programs, opening its first legal aid dispensary in 1904. Our Experiential Advantage Curriculum combines live client clinics, high-quality externships, and legal simulation courses to provide a full year of practice-based learning to every Denver Law student who chooses to participate. And our Legal Externship Program is among the largest of its kind in the nation, placing approximately 500 students a year in positions that augment classroom learning with hands-on practice.
Whether you are seeking a comprehensive and strong J.D. degree, want to supplement your legal knowledge with a dual degree, or earn a graduate degree, Denver Law has you covered. And we haven’t even mentioned the location! Denver and its surrounding environs offers countless recreational and cultural opportunities within minutes of the classroom. In recent years, Denver has been named both the best city in the U.S. and the best city for business and careers, and it regularly ranks as one of the nation’s best states for recreation. It’s important to balance work and play when in law school, and there’s no better place to achieve that balance than at the Sturm College of Law. We are proud to be Denver’s law school.
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