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JD Admissions

With our nationally recognized clinics, trial advocacy and legal writing programs, one of the largest externship programs in the country and an ever-growing offering of problem- and simulation-based capstone courses, Denver Law is a leader in training skilled lawyers who are practice-ready and prepared to hit the ground running

We are committing to helping JD students focus on what matters to them, their interests and their career. Denver Law's curriculum includes several substantive areas of specialization, designed to allow our students to tailor their education to their passions and career goals. In addition, our online and on-campus professional part-time JD program allows students to earn a degree on their schedule, maximize their time and build their future. 


#12 part-time JD program in the nation U.S. News & World Report

Legal Education for the 21st Century

Professional Part-Time JD Program

Denver Law’s part-time JD program is one of the oldest in the country. Throughout our history, innovations in teaching and new understandings about learning have played a central role in our curriculum delivery. The technology available to us today allows for a convenient, but no less effective, method of instruction that provides access to legal education for people with professional and personal commitments that make the traditional full-time program unworkable. 

You can now balance your career and family, as well as earn your degree online on your time (one-third of the curriculum) and in on-campus classes every other weekend.  

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  • Apply

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    Application Types

    Denver Law accepts applications for first-year JD and advanced standing JD students for the fall semester. Transfer JD and visiting JD students can apply for any semester.

    The information below is for applications to our JD program, if you are interested in a different Graduate or LLM program, please visit the Office of Graduate Legal Studies.

    First-Year Students

    First-year students are those that have not previously attended law school.

    To be admitted to the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. No undergraduate field of study is favored, based on evidence that a strong student in any major can develop the skills of writing, analysis, and persuasion necessary for success in law school.

    See our Application Requirements for further details.

    Transfer Students

    Law students who have satisfactorily completed one year of work at another American Bar Association-accredited school may apply for transfer to the University of Denver.

    Typically, up to 30 hours of course credit from another law school can be applied to your University of Denver law degree. In some circumstances, with special approval from the Admissions Committee, up to 45 credit hours of coursework from another law school can be transferred.

    See our Application Requirements for further details.

    Advanced Standing Students

    Applicants that have completed a law degree from another country and want to apply for the JD program at Denver Law may apply to be considered for advanced standing.

    Advanced standing students take all of the required first-year courses for the JD degree and can receive up to 30 hours of credit from their prior degree(s).

    See our Application Requirements for further details.

    Visiting Students

    Law students currently enrolled at another American Bar Association-accredited school may apply for admission as a visiting student at Denver Law.

    Individuals admitted as visiting students will receive their degrees from their home law school. The visiting student option is particularly attractive for students whose spouses are transferred to Denver or for students from other law schools who wish to begin interviewing and networking in order to practice in Denver. Students enrolled at a university outside the United States also can visit at the University of Denver for a semester or a year.

    See our Application Requirements for further details.

    Completing your Application

    In order to complete your application for admission to Denver Law, you will need to create an account with LSAC and register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Rather than submitting your application materials directly to Denver Law, you will submit your transcripts and letters of recommendation directly to the CAS and they will forward them to the law schools that you indicate.

    Check your Status

    You can check your application status online through the LSAC website. To log in, use the system generated username and password emailed to you by the Office of Admission. As your application moves through the review process, the most up-to-date status will be displayed online.

    Please be aware that it can take several business days for documents to be processed and your application status to be updated. To help you better understand our application review process, we’ve compiled some additional information on the review process and timeline.

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    The University of Denver recognizes the importance or protecting personal privacy. Read our Privacy Policy, including notifications for the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • Visit Us

    Visit Campus

    You have read the text and seen the pictures, but nothing can compare to actually being here. The faculty, staff, and students of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law extend you a warm welcome. Visit us anytime! Speak with our faculty members. Visit with a student or two. Stand in the Westminster Law Library. Check out our Student Law Office. Observe a law school class and experience what it is like to be a part of the Denver Law community.

    Info Sessions

    Info sessions are typically held on Fridays, one to two times per month. These sessions are intended to provide those students who have not yet applied to Denver Law with an overview of the programs available and of the law school application process. Sessions are held in Suite 115 of the Ricketson Law Building. View our info session schedule and sign up.

    Tour the Law School

    To learn more about our state-of-the-art law school building, please join us on regularly scheduled tours led by law students. Tours are conducted at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm, Monday – Friday. To sign up for a tour, please contact Admissions by phone at 303.871.6135 or via email. Law school tours begin in the Office of Admissions in Suite 115, on the first floor of the Ricketson Law Building.

    Meet with an Admissions Counselor

    If you are looking for additional information about Denver Law and you’ve already applied, or are not able to make one of our regularly scheduled info sessions, we encourage you to contact us, by phone – 303.871.6135 or email, to set up an appointment with one of our admissions counselors.

    Sit in on a Class

    Wondering what a law school class looks like? Sit in on a first-year class at Denver Law to find out! Class visits are typically available throughout the fall and spring semester, with the exception of the first and last week of classes (fall semester: late August – mid-November, spring semester: late January –  mid-April). Availability of classes changes from semester to semester. Please contact us by phone or email to schedule a class visit.

    Before you Visit

    When you plan your visit, make sure you include enough time to sample some of the local culture and cuisine in Downtown (just minutes from campus) or to take a trip into the Rocky Mountains to experience the breathtaking views.

    Some resources to help you plan your trip are listed below:


    Meet Us on the Road

    Our admissions team travels to various graduate and law school fairs across the country. Check out our current recruiting schedule to see when we will be in your area!