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JD Application Information

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. Information on this page 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.

Please note that our primary form of contact is email. Emails will be sent when your application is received by our office, when your application is incomplete, when your application is complete and ready for review, and for your admission decision.

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Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Denver Law. Below, you will find the information you need to get started on your law school journey.

  • 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.

    First-Year JD Application Requirements

    • Completed online application. The application will include your:
      • Resume – should list employment experience, educational background and extracurricular and community activities. It should also include any honors and awards you have received. Please include dates for all items on your resume.
      • Personal statement – Keeping in mind the fact that your LSAT score and undergraduate GPA are only a part of what the Admissions Committee will consider, you should take this opportunity to explain to the committee why you should be selected for admission to Denver Law. Topics that the committee may consider helpful in evaluating your qualifications may include:
        • Significant personal experiences beyond what may be reflected in your transcripts and on your resume.
        • Characteristics and experiences that you will bring to the Sturm College of Law and the legal profession that distinguish you from other applicants.
        • Long-range career plans and goals that you intend to pursue with your law degree.
        • The intellectual contribution you will make to the classroom.
      • $65 non-refundable application fee.
    • Completed Credential Assembly Service Report from LSAC. This requires the following items:
      • Valid Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score and LSAT Writing
      • All transcripts from any post-secondary schooling completed.
      • Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers evaluating your analytical skills, writing ability, and/or personal integrity.

    Bar Admission Info

    In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

    Additional Requirements for International Students

    • LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
      • If you have completed any post-secondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, these transcripts must be submitted to the LSAC to be translated and evaluated. A foreign credential evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and included with your CAS report.
        • We will not accept any other translation or evaluation services for the admissions process.
        • If you have questions, contact LSAC at [email protected] or 215.968.1001
    • TOEFL/IELTS
      • A TOEFL or IELTS score is required, unless you have completed a post-secondary degree at an institution whose language of instruction and testing is English. The whole program of study must have been completed in English.
        • Request that your test scores be sent from the testing organization to LSAC
          • LSAC TOEFL Code: 0058
      • The University of Denver requires the following minimum scores:
        • TOEFL Paper-based test: 587
        • TOEFL Internet-based test: 95
        • IELTS: 7.0
  • Transfer Students

    Law students who have satisfactorily completed one year of work at another American Bar Association-accredited school can apply for transfer to the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Denver Law may approve up to 45 hours of transfer credit from another ABA-accredited law school.

    Transfer Application Requirements:

    • Completed online application. The application will include:
      • Resume – should list employment experience, educational background and extracurricular and community activities. It should also include any honors and awards you have received. Please include dates for all items on your resume.
      • Personal statement – Keeping in mind the fact that your LSAT score and undergraduate GPA are only a part of what the Admissions Committee will consider, you should take this opportunity to explain to the committee why you should be selected for admission to the Sturm College of Law. Topics that the committee may consider helpful in evaluating your qualifications may include:
        • Significant personal experiences beyond what may be reflected in your transcripts and on your resume.
        • Characteristics and experiences that you will bring the Sturm College of Law and the legal profession that distinguish you from other applicants.
        • Long-range career plans and goals that you intend to pursue with your law degree.
        • The intellectual contribution you will make to the classroom.
      • $65 non-refundable application fee
    • A Copy of your original Credential Assembly Service Report, sent directly from LSAC, including:
      • LSAT score(s) and LSAT Writing(s)
      • Transcripts from any post-secondary schooling completed prior to law school
    • The following three items sent directly to Denver Law:
      • Official transcript from your current law school.
      • Letter of good standing from your current law school, which should include your first-year ranking.
      • Letter of recommendation from a professor at your current law school from whom you have taken a class.
      • Documents can be sent to:

    Denver Law Office of Admissions
    2255 E. Evans Ave, Suite 115
    Denver, CO 80208

    Bar Admission Info

    In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

    Additional Requirements for International Students

    • LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
      • If you have completed any post-secondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, these transcripts must be submitted to the LSAC CAS to be translated and evaluated. A foreign credential evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and included with your CAS report.
        • We will not accept any other translation or evaluation services for the admissions process.
        • If you have questions, contact LSAC at [email protected] or 215.968.1001
    • TOEFL/IELTS
      • A TOEFL or IELTS score is required, unless you have completed a post-secondary degree at an institution whose language of instruction and testing is English. The whole program of study must have been completed in English.
        • Request that your test scores be sent from the testing organization to LSAC
          • LSAC TOEFL Code: 0058
      • The University of Denver requires the following minimum scores:
        • TOEFL Paper-based test: 587
        • TOEFL Internet-based test: 95
        • IELTS: 7.0
  • Advanced Standing Students

    To be admitted to as an advanced standing student you must have obtained a law degree from another country.

    Advanced standing students take the same required first-year courses as do our first-year students and they can receive up to 30 credit hours of transfer credit from their prior degree. The amount of transfer credit will be determined by our Academic Dean and Registrar.

    Application Requirements:

    • Completed online application. The application will include your:
      • Resume – should list employment experience, educational background and extracurricular and community activities. It should also include any honors and awards you have received. Please include dates for all items on your resume.
      • Personal statement – Keeping in mind the fact that your LSAT score and undergraduate GPA are only a part of what the Admissions Committee will consider, you should take this opportunity to explain to the committee why you should be selected for admission to the Sturm College of Law. Topics that the committee may consider helpful in evaluating your qualifications may include:
        • Significant personal experiences beyond what may be reflected in your transcripts and on your resume.
        • Characteristics and experiences that you will bring the Sturm College of Law and the legal profession that distinguish you from other applicants.
        • Long-range career plans and goals that you intend to pursue with your law degree.
        • The intellectual contribution you will make to the classroom.
      • $65 non-refundable application fee
    • Completed Credential Assembly Service Report from LSAC. This requires the following items:
      • Valid Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score and LSAT Writing
      • All transcripts from any post-secondary schooling completed in and outside of the US. A foreign credential evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and included with your CAS Report.
      • Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers evaluating your analytical skills, writing ability, and/or personal integrity.
    • A TOEFL or IELTS score is required unless you have completed a post-secondary degree at an institution whose language of instruction and testing is English. The whole program of study must have been completed in English.
      • Request that your test scores be sent from the testing organization to LSAC
        • LSAC TOEFL Code: 0058
      • The University of Denver requires the following minimum scores:
        • TOEFL Paper-Based Test: 587
        • TOEFL Internet-Based Test: 95
        • IELTS: 7.0

    Bar Admission Info

    In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

  • Visiting Students

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

    Visiting Application Requirements:

    • Completed online application. The application will include your:
      • Statement explaining your reasons for seeking visiting status
      • $65 non-refundable application fee
    • A copy of your original Credential Assembly Service Report, sent directly from LSAC, including:
      • LSAT score(s) and LSAT Writing(s)
      • Transcripts from any post-secondary schooling completed prior to law school
    • The following three items, which need to be sent directly to Denver Law:
      • Official transcript of all prior law school courses
      • Letter from your current law school granting you permission to attend as a visiting student and stating the conditions under which you will be given credit for grades received at the University of Denver
      • Letter of good standing from your current law school
      • Documents can be sent to:

        Denver Law Office of Admissions
        2255 E. Evans Ave, Suite 115
        Denver, CO 80208
        [email protected]

    Bar Admission Info

    In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

  • Apply

    Completing your Application

    In order to submit 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.

  • Review Process

    First-Year and Advanced Standing Students

    The University of Denver Sturm College of Law admits first-year and advanced standing students for matriculation in the fall semester.

    Our primary form of contact is email. Emails will be sent when your application is received by our office, when your application is incomplete, when your application is completed and ready for review and for your admissions decision. You will also be provided with information to check your application status online.

    We follow a rolling admission procedure, meaning we have no official deadline and will review and admit applicants as applications are received. While there is no official deadline, you are strongly encouraged to have a completed application submitted by March 1. We do not offer an early action admission program.

    All first-year students are automatically considered for merit scholarships at the time of admission. If you are awarded a scholarship, the offer will be included in your admission email. Scholarship funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, so, we recommend applying early, to ensure funds are still available at the time your application is reviewed.

    All application requirements (first-year JD requirementsAdvanced Standing requirements) must be met before your application will be reviewed. Once your application file is complete, it typically takes 6-8 weeks to receive a decision from the Faculty Admissions Committee.

    First-Year and Advanced Standing Timeline

    • September
      • September 1 – Denver Law begins accepting online applications
      • Applications are reviewed for completion and await Committee review
    • November
      • The Denver Law Faculty Admissions Committee begins reviewing complete applications
      • Decisions begin to be sent via email
    • January
    • February
      • February 1 – Recommended deadline to complete your admission application if applying for the Chancellor Scholarship (first-year students only)
      • February 15 – Deadline for the Chancellor Scholarship application (first-year students only)
    • March
      • March 1 – Recommended deadline for submitting your application
    • April
      • 1st Tuition Deposit Due
    • June
      • 2nd Tuition Deposit Due
    • August
      • Orientation
      • Mid-August – First Day of Class

     


    Transfer Students

    The University of Denver Sturm College of Law admits transfer students for matriculation in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

    Our primary form of contact is email. Emails will be sent when your application is received by our office, when your application is incomplete, when your application is completed and ready for review and for your admission decision. You will also be provided with information to check your application status online.

    All application requirements must be met before your application will be reviewed. Once your file is complete, it may take a few weeks to receive a decision. The Faculty Admissions Committee will not make full admissions decisions with law courses/credit pending. Should you choose to apply before the completion of a semester, the Committee will review your file and may either: offer you a provisional decision – or – request final grades for the term before a decision is made.

    We follow a rolling admission procedure, meaning we have no official deadline and will review and admit applicants as applications are received.

    Transfer Timeline

    • September
      • September 1 – Denver Law begins accepting online applications for transfer for spring and fall semesters
    • December
      • December 1 – Recommended Deadline for Spring Transfer applicants
      • Spring Transfer Deposit Due
    • January
      • Mid-January – Spring Semester begins
    • July
      • July 1 – Recommended Deadline for Fall Transfer applicants
      • Fall Semester Tuition Deposit Due
    • August
      • Orientation
      • Mid-August – Fall Semester Begins

     


    Visiting Students

    The University of Denver Sturm College of Law admits visiting students for matriculation in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

    Our primary form of contact is email. Emails will be sent when your application is received by our office, when your application is incomplete, when your application is completed and ready for review and for your admission decision. You will also be provided with information to check your application status online.

    All application requirements must be met before your application will be reviewed. Once your file is complete it may take a few weeks to receive a decision.

    We follow a rolling admission procedure, meaning we have no official deadline and will review and admit applicants as they are received.

    Visiting Student Timeline

    • September
      • September 1 – Denver Law begins accepting online applications for visiting students for spring, summer and fall semesters
    • December
      • December 1 – Recommended Deadline for Spring Visiting Student applications
    • January
      • Mid-January – Spring Semester begins
    • May
      • May 1 – Recommended Deadline for Summer Visiting Student applications
      • Late May – Summer Semester Begins
    • July
      • July 1 – Recommended Deadline for Fall Visiting Student applications
    • August
      • Orientation
      • Mid-August – Fall Semester Begins
  • Check Application Status

    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.

    Check Application Status

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