Denver Law Ascent

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Denver Law Ascent is a pre-orientation program designed to welcome and support incoming University of Denver Sturm College of Law students from communities historically underrepresented in the legal profession including (but not limited to) students who are ethnically or racially historically underrepresented, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, gender-diverse persons, and first-generation college students. Denver Law Ascent enables our new students to build communities among their classmates and DU faculty, staff, alumni, and the legal community at large. Students have opportunities to develop academic skillsand most importantlyto build connections, find support resources, and prepare for success in law school.

Denver Law Ascent inaugural class

Fall 2021: Our inaugural class of Denver Law Ascent students.

As a first generation, Latina law student who is also a mother, Ascent helped to demystify law school before jumping into orientation. I arrived on campus extremely nervous wondering if I was making the right decision. By the end of Ascent, I had made a few good friends, had a support system in place, and felt much more at ease and excited for a new experience. -Sarah-Elena Dillabough

Sarah-Elena Dillabough

Ascent has played a lasting role in my legal education. As a student who is new to Colorado, I greatly appreciated having a chance to begin building relationships and establishing contacts in the Denver legal community before ever stepping foot in class. I have formed lasting bonds with not only my peers but other faculty, staff and professors before the first day of classes even began. -Marcus Collins

Marcus Collins
Ricketson Law Building

Apply by June 17, 2022

Denver Law Ascent requires that students be present in Denver August 1st through August 5th.
Sturm College of Law Orientation begins the following week, August 8th through August 11th. Ascent students will also fully participate in Orientation. 


Denver Law Ascent helped me develop meaningful relationships and build confidence in the competitive law school setting early on. I was able to connect with student organizations and be elected to the Student Bar Association. -Alexz Thompson, 1L

Alexz Thompson


Jessica Boynton

Jessica Boynton

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

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Diane Kraft

Diane B. Kraft

Associate Professor of the Practice of Law

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Alexi Freeman

Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Director of Externships and Social Justice Initiatives

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