In today's fast-paced and competitive legal world, it pays to stay on top of current legal trends in your field, as well as gain specialized knowledge that helps you stand out in the job market.
Our graduate legal studies program offers certificates and non-degree programs for professionals wishing to obtain specialization skills. You do not need to be a current Denver Law student to apply to enroll in one of our certificate programs.
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Certificate in Natural Resources Law
Credit Hours: 16
Eligibility: For professionals who wish to obtain specialization skills in natural resources law but are unable to devote a full year to masters degree study. Open to applicants with a JD or foreign equivalent, or a natural resources-related undergraduate/graduate degree.
Sturm College of Law's Certificate of Studies in Natural Resources Law and Policy offers specialized skills in natural resources law. The program is open to those who hold a JD or foreign equivalent law degree, as well as those who hold a natural resources-related undergraduate degree. This certificate is ideal for those who are not able to devote a full year to master's degree study.
Certificate candidates must complete 16 semester credits chosen from courses in the curriculum of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at Denver Law. These courses can help students increase their knowledge of the issues, policies and laws that affect natural resources and the environment worldwide, giving them a legal advantage in both the domestic and international marketplace.
Certificate in Corporate & Commerical Law - Advanced Standing
Credit Hours: 16
Eligibility: Practicing Attorneys
Denver Law is pleased to offer a certificate in corporate & commercial law. 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. If you have an interest in learning more about the Certificate, please contact [email protected].
All lawyers seeking the certificate will be required to take one drafting class approved by the program. Currently, the program offers corporate drafting and contract drafting, business negotiation and drafting, and negotiating business transactions. Other classes that involve a significant amount of drafting will qualify. Lawyers seeking the certificate will also be required to take one critical thinking class (see list of select critical thinking courses below). Critical thinking classes are taught as seminars and involve practical exercises and/or problem-solving.
Each lawyer will be required, unless a suitable course substitute is approved by the program faculty director, to engage in directed research for one to four credit hours with the ultimate goal of producing a paper of publishable quality. The expectation is that some or all of the papers would be published by the University of Denver Law Review.
Certificate in Legal Administration (Online)
Credit Hours: 18
Eligibility: Open to those with a bachelor's degree who are not candidates for the Master of Science in Legal Administration (MSLA) degree
Sturm College of Law's Legal Administration Certificate opens doors to careers in the management and operation of law firms, courts and other legal organizations. This 18 semester-hour program is open to those with a bachelor's degree who are not candidates for the Master of Science in Legal Administration (MSLA) degree through the Graduate Legal Studies program.
The certificate is designed to help students build skills and knowledge in one of two unique concentrations: court administration and law firm administration. This program also allows participants the flexibility to design their own curriculum to fit their needs, as well as to take courses in-class, online or a combination of both.
Two concentrations are available:
- Court Administration
- Law Firm Administration
The certificate in legal administration requires completion of 18 semester hours and may be completed in class, online, or a combination of both.
Small Practice Management Certificate
Credit Hours: 16
Eligibility: Open to those currently holding a JD or foreign equivalent law degree.
The Small Practice Management Certificate within the Legal Administration Program at the Sturm College of Law provides attorneys with the necessary knowledge and business skills to open and operate a legal practice. It is available to those currently holding a JD or a foreign equivalent law degree.
The 16 semester-credit hour program can be completed in one year. Our program guides students through client service and relationship management, trust accounts, accounting processes, law practices administration, business development, billing and fees, marketing, social media practices and much more. The Small Practice Management Certificate helps attorneys bridge the gap between lawyering and successfully operating their own practice in the legal marketplace.
You can take several Denver Law courses through the University of Denver 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 classes and matriculate into a degree program during a later term (restrictions apply).
You may take courses as a special-status student for credit at a regular tuition rate.
- 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.
- International applicants must demonstrate English proficiency and complete the international supplemental form.
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.
- 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 current rate per quarter credit hour for auditing tax courses and current rate per semester credit hour for auditing Law courses is listed here.
- Alumni of the Sturm College of Law (from any degree or certificate program) may audit one course at no charge.
- Tax courses are cross-listed with law courses; normal CLE credit approval through CBA applies.