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University of Colorado School of Law
Office of Admissions, UCB 403
Boulder, CO 80309-0403
Phone: 303.492.7203; Fax: 303.492.2542
E-mail: lawadmin@colorado.edu; Website: www.colorado.edu/law

n Introduction                                                        general’s office. Each student, under direct supervision of an
                                                                      instructor, is responsible for completing an appellate brief and
The School of Law, established in 1892, is located on the Boulder     attending the oral argument in the Colorado Supreme Court or
campus of the University of Colorado and lies at the foot of the      the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Rocky Mountains. High admission standards, a relatively small            The Wrongful Convictions Clinic allows students to work
student body, and a favorable faculty-to-student ratio assure a       with attorneys representing Colorado inmates whose
stimulating and challenging academic environment that                 traditional appellate remedies have been exhausted. Students
encourages class participation and interaction with faculty. The      focus on legal and factual issues commonly arising in wrongful
school is a charter member of the AALS and is ABA approved.           conviction cases.
                                                                         The Byron R. White Center for the Study of American
n Faculty                                                             Constitutional Law furthers the study, teaching, and
                                                                      publication of constitutional law. The White Center hosts the
The faculty have a demonstrated record of excellence in               annual Ira C. Rothgerber Constitutional Law Conference,
teaching, research, and public service. They include some of          which exposes students to analysis and debate of
the nation’s leading scholars on constitutional law, criminal         contemporary constitutional issues.
law, dispute resolution, environmental law, evidence, family             The Entrepreneurial Law Center’s mission is to connect the
law, health law, international law, labor and employment,             law school, faculty, and students with the flourishing Colorado
natural resources, securities, tax, and telecommunications law.       entrepreneurial community. It is a hub of high-tech start-ups
                                                                      and emerging growth companies, conducting educational,
n Physical Facilities and Library                                     research, and service activities on legal matters relevant to
                                                                      entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and the lawyers who serve
The new Wolf Law Building is under construction and will              them. The center also conducts a clinic.
open in fall 2006.                                                       The Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program’s mission
   The Law Library consists of over 525,000 volumes and               is to create an environment for analyzing the dynamic changes
microform equivalents, including a comprehensive collection           in the telecommunications marketplace and regulatory
of case law from all jurisdictions, statutes of all the states, and   environment. The program supports the academic community
the major digests, encyclopedias, and texts dealing with              by fostering relationships between students and
American law. English, Canadian, and other commonwealth               telecommunications professionals through its mentor and
material are almost as complete. German and French material           internship opportunities.
and other foreign and international law holdings provide a
basis for comparative law studies. Access to material in the          n Curriculum
library’s collection is available through the online Public
Access Catalog, which also provides access to full text               The first semester runs from late August to mid-December, and
e-journals, online databases, and other library holdings. A           the second semester runs from mid-January to mid-May. Three
PC-based computer lab and wireless LAN are available.                 summer sessions from three to five weeks each begin in May
                                                                      for students enrolled at any accredited law school. With a
n Special Programs                                                    limited number of additional hours, a certificate in tax or
                                                                      environmental policy is attainable. The first-year curriculum is
The Natural Resources Law Center has three major areas of             required of all students. During the second and third years,
activity: research and publication, legal education, and the          students may emphasize such areas of the law as natural
distinguished visitors and fellows program. The National              resources, environment, crime, business, constitution, taxation,
Wildlife Federation’s Natural Resources Litigation Clinic             public interest, American Indians, litigation, intellectual
involves students in complex environmental litigation, much of        property, and jurisprudence. Established joint-degree programs
which reaches the state supreme court or federal appellate            are the JD/MBA, JD/MPA, JD/MST, JD/MSES, and JD/PhD in
court level.                                                          Environmental Studies. Others can be arranged.
   The Legal Aid and Defender Program allows students to
represent low-income clients in civil and criminal cases in           n Admission
Colorado courts under supervision of full-time faculty who are
experienced trial attorneys. The Indian Law Clinic provides           A bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by an
students with the opportunity to work with Native Americans           agency recognized by the Department of Education is required.
on their unique legal problems.                                       The application deadline is February 15. The LSAT and
   The Juvenile and Family Law Program (JFLP) provides                registration with the LSDAS are required. Offers of admission
students with opportunities to acquire specialized knowledge          are based on GPA and LSAT score, but these scores are
in the field, fosters collaboration between students, academics,      considered in the context of the entire application. Substantial
and practitioners, and engages in interdisciplinary study and         weight is accorded to special qualities such as motivation,
practice. JFLP runs many programs, including a juvenile law           undergraduate program, diversity, unusual employment or
clinic where students represent child clients, various                other experience, leadership, and perseverance in overcoming
externships in the field, and symposia on hot topics.                 personal handicaps or disadvantages. The school seeks to
   The Appellate Advocacy Clinic alternates annually between          increase ethnic, cultural, and other diversity of its student
attorneys from the public defender’s office and the attorney          body. The earliest admission letters go out about November 1,

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and the class is filled in May or June. Admission thereafter is                           Students also participate in a number of moot court
from a wait list.                                                                         competitions and have won regional, national, and
   Several transfer and visiting students are admitted each                               international recognition in these events.
year. Admission criteria for these students include law
school performance.                                                                       n Housing
n Financial Aid                                                                           For information about the university’s family housing, call
                                                                                          303.492.6384, and, for off-campus housing, call 303.492.7053.
Privately funded scholarships are available. Scholarships are                             Call 303.492.8491 about dormitories.
based on merit, financial need, and diversity. State grants,
available to eligible resident students, are awarded on the basis                         n Career Development
of need. Nonresident students qualify for lower resident tuition
rates by maintaining domicile in Colorado for 12 consecutive                              Career Development staff provide individual counseling to
months. Students may not be employed during their first year,                             students and alumni on job search strategies and career
but limited outside employment is compatible with second-                                 options, including legal employers and alternative career
and third-year schedules. Students applying for financial aid                             paths. The office solicits employers nationwide to interview on
must file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1.                                  campus and to hire students through off-campus programs as
                                                                                          well. The office also sponsors and coordinates numerous
n Student Activities                                                                      information sessions and career development programs
                                                                                          throughout the academic year. The office helped develop the
Over 20 student organizations invite participation in projects,                           Colorado Pledge to Diversity 1L Summer Clerkship Program
programs, and social activities. The University of Colorado Law                           and also participates in other diversity hiring programs.
Review, Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law,
and Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and
Policy are professional journals edited entirely by students.

 Applicant Profile

  University of Colorado School of Law
  This grid includes only applicants who earned 120-180 LSAT scores under standard administrations.
                                                                                        GPA
     LSAT         3.75 +        3.50 - 3.74   3.25 - 3.49   3.00 - 3.24   2.75 - 2.99     2.50 - 2.74     2.25 - 2.49   2.00 - 2.24   Below 2.00   No GPA          Total
     Score    Apps Adm Apps Adm Apps Adm Apps Adm Apps Adm Apps Adm Apps Adm Apps Adm Apps Adm Apps Adm Apps Adm
    175-180       2        2      1       1     0       0     0       0     0       0         0     0       0       0     0       0     0      0     0      0      3        3
    170-174      16        16    21      21    11       7     6       5     1       0         0     0       0       0     1       0     0      0     0      0     56       49
    165-169      42        42    56      53    69      54    49      20    18       5         3     1       2       0     3       0     0      0     0      0    242   175
    160-164     151    123      200    123    178      54   100      19    58       3      18       1       9       0     2       0     0      0     3      2    719   325
    155-159     134        16   215      19   176      21   112       5    63       3      29       1       8       1     3       0     3      0     2      1    745       67
    150-154      46        2    116       9   113       6    83       4    44       1      32       1      13       0     3       0     2      0     5      0    457       23
    145-149      22        1     41       1    35       0    59       1    27       0      21       0      11       0     4       0     0      0     1      0    221        3
    140-144       3        0     10       0    18       0    18       0    13       0      10       0       1       0     4       0     0      0     1      0     78        0
    135-139       2        0      4       0    10       0     7       0     8       0         2     0       3       0     2       0     1      0     2      0     41        0
    130-134       0        0      0       0     1       0     1       0     1       0         1     0       0       0     0       0     2      0     2      0      8        0
    125-129       0        0      0       0     0       0     0       0     2       0         3     0       0       0     0       0     1      0     1      0      7        0
    120-124       0        0      0       0     0       0     0       0     0       0         0     0       0       0     0       0     0      0     0      0      0        0
     Total      418    202      664    227    611    142    435      54   235      12     119       4      47       1    22       0     9      0    17      3   2577   645
  Apps = Number of Applicants
  Adm = Number Admitted
  Reflects 99% of the total applicant pool.




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