University of Denver - Sturm College of Law
About DU Law School
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law community is made up of students and faculty with diverse career and life experiences that inspire their interests and shape their expectations. These differences in age, nationality, and experience generate an environment of rigorous academic debate and a vibrant and multicultural social community that has been a part of the Sturm College of Law since its first class in 1892. In that first class of fourteen students there was an African-American, a woman, and a Japanese national. The first African-American to sit on the Colorado Supreme Court came from DU Law's faculty, and the law school also graduated the first woman to become a member of the American Bar Association and teach at an accredited law school.
The student body at the DU Law works hard to support one another during their legal education. There are more than 40 different groups to help students find others with similar interests. Some of those groups include:
- Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
- Black Law Students Association
- Diversity Advocates
- Hindu Law Students Council
- Latino Law Students Association
- Muslim Law Students Association
- Native American Law Students Association
- Spanish Speaking Lawyers Association
The Sturm College of Law has designated scholarship money to promote diversity within the incoming class. Several full-tuition scholarships are available, as well as a limited number of scholarships that include stipends in addition to full-tuition. All admitted students will automatically be considered for scholarships. No separate application is required.
Career Development Center
DU Law's Career Development Center and the 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 scholarships and/or paid clerkships for diverse students. View DU's list of diversity-related scholarships/fellowships; also see CLI's list of opportunities.
- 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 Career Development Center 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)