University of Colorado Law School
About CU Law
The University of Colorado Law School is a supportive and diverse community of scholars and students in a place that inspires ideas, critical analysis, and civic engagement. CU Law's students are selected from among the statistically best applicants in the nation and represent 100 undergraduate institutions and diverse backgrounds. The school offers a full-time, three-year day Juris Doctor (JD) degree program, certificate and dual degree programs in conjunction with the JD and three Master of Laws (LLM) degree programs. The clinics, centers, and programs focus on areas of strength, including environmental and natural resources, American Indian, juvenile and family, entrepreneurial, and technology law and policy.
Commitment to Diversity
Colorado Law was one of the earliest law schools in the nation to graduate lawyers of color. Read about their vision states their commitment to diversity:
Provide a supportive and diverse community of scholars and students in a place that inspires the vigorous pursuit of ideas, critical analysis, and civic engagement in order to advance the rule of law in an open, sustainable society.
CU Law has approximately 40 student organizations offering support and networking opportunities:
- Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
- Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
- Latino Law Students Association (LLSA)
- Native American Law Students Association
- OUTlaw, the GLBT & Allies Law Student Group
- Women's Law Caucus
CU Law's curriculum regularly includes a variety of specialized courses and clinics that address diversity, such as:
- American Indian Law
- Antidiscrimination and First Amendment
- Class and Law
- Employment Discrimination
- Gender, Law and Public Policy
- Immigration and Citizenship Law
- International Human Rights
- Poverty Law
- Race and American Law
- Refugee and Asylum Law
Career Development & Community Support
CU Law's Office of Career Development and Colorado legal community are committed to helping students from diverse backgrounds build successful and satisfying careers through individualized career counseling, opportunities to work in legal organizations, and establishing relationships with legal professionals:
- Colorado Pledge to Diversity 1L Summer Program: Includes Denver's largest and most prestigious law firms that give diverse law students of color the opportunity to compete for 1L summer associate positions.
- Firm-Sponsored Diversity Clerkship Programs: Several Denver law firms offer paid clerkships for diverse students; learn more.
- Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair: Legal employers seek to hire law students and graduates from culturally diverse backgrounds that have been traditionally under-represented in the practice of law.
- Diversity Clerkship Programs with Colorado Courts: The Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals offer competitive internship programs for 3L students.
- 1L Diversity Mentor Program: The Office of Career Development helps match incoming diverse students with attorney mentors from diversity-related bar organizations:
- Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations
- Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado
- Colorado Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Bar Association
- Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
- Colorado Indian Bar Association
- Sam Cary Bar Association (Supporting Colorado's African-American Legal Community)