Overview

Applicants
3,280
Acceptance Rate
34%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.56
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
170

Test Scores

LSAT
156 - 164

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 15

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$65

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Work Experience
Other Factors

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information


Students Say

At the University of Colorado Boulder School of Law, students benefit from academic rigor and high expectations in an environment supportive of community and personal growth. A challenging curriculum featuring timely, specialized areas such as American Indian Law, Dispute Resolution, and Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law plus three campus research centers, nine clinics, and eight dual-degree programs round out the affordable education at this "progressive, forward-thinking institution run by experienced professionals who care deeply about the quality of education." From 1L orientation through graduation, the focus remains squarely on "how the law school can best help you develop the skills necessary to succeed as a future lawyer." Colorado Law's strong, local alumni network "can really help with the job search and networking opportunities," and the staff of the Career Development Office is "always working to find connections for students and provide opportunities, coaching, and insight." Both the Dean and the administration are "active with student relations and in the community," and "every staff and faculty member is deeply committed to each student's success and it shows." In fact, the level of support offered is "almost smothering." All first-year students are provided with tutors to help them grasp the concepts of the curriculum, and the school also provides several classes on how to do legal research in a variety of search platforms (i.e. Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg). There are "tons of resources from every office" that are engaged with the students "to ensure you are moving in the right direction."

Professors here are "incredible mentors and teachers," who "truly work to accommodate students' learning styles" and "make themselves available for any questions or concerns both before and after class as well as in office hours." The faculty is "a good mix of traditional legal scholars teaching required and survey courses and experienced adjuncts and professionals teaching focused and practical upper division courses." "I was shocked at the caliber of professors the school assigns to required first year classes," says one student. Boulder is a hub for startups, and Silicon Flatirons (the university's center for innovation) helps serve those looking to work in technology well: "The professors associated with the program seem like they're on the cutting edge of what they do."

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
82%
Median Starting Salary
$60,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
89%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
98%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
70

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Arnold & Porter; Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Cooley LLP; Davis Graham & Stubbs; Dorsey & Whitney; Faegre Baker Daniels; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Hogan Lovells; Holland & Hart; Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie; Polsinelli PC; numerous local and regional firms; U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado; Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals; Colorado Supreme Court; Colorado Court of Appeals; Colorado State District Courts; various District Attorney offices; various Public Defender offices; Environmental Protection Agency; Department of the Interior; Department of Justice; Federal Communications Commission; and additional government offices.

Graduates Employed by Area


Prominent Alumni

Wiley B. Rutledge
Former Associate Justice, US Supreme Court

Bill Ritter, Jr.
former Governor of Colorado

Roy Romer
former Governor of Colorado

Glenn R. Jones
Chairman & CEO, Jones International, Ltc.

Hank Brown
former US Senator from Colorado

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1
Application Deadlines
Mar 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$38,416

% Students Receiving Some Aid
95%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$29,718
Out-Of-State Tuition
$36,504
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$13,590
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$12,906
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$6,524
Fees
$2,134

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
529
Parent Institution Enrollement
31,861

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
4
Average Age at Entry
25

% Out-of-State
21%
% International
1%

Demographics

19.12%
% Under-represented Minorities

99% are full time
1% are part time
50% female
50% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Colorado Law's beautiful surroundings in Boulder is "conducive for healthy law school habits." "When I get stressed with school I can take to the trails with my dog for a study break," says one student. "Rent here is absurd, parking here is absurd," but "it's so amazing to live here that they get away with it." Beyond the mountain backdrop, the "atmosphere is great": "it's easy to make friends, and people are more than willing to help each other with notes and study." While all strive to do well, "being overly competitive is discouraged by the social climate." Almost everyone "realizes that getting a JD isn't a zero-sum game": "If we all work together and help each other succeed, we are only creating more success in the field instead of taking away from any individual success."

The student body at Colorado Law is an "extremely liberal" bunch, and while it skews pretty white, there are "a lot of 'diverse student only' events and programs." There is a "good mix" of older and younger students in the law school, and "most people are very open-minded." Law students find no shortage of social and athletic opportunities and are more than happy to take advantage and forging meaningful connections. Students agree that Colorado Law "is probably one of the few law schools you can attend and come out a healthier person."


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Kristine Jackson
Assistant Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid

Address
403 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0403

Phone
303-492-7203

Email
law.admissions@colorado.edu