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Law School Options in the Colorado Springs Area
Students who wish to study law in Colorado Springs have limited options, since there are just 2 law schools within 100 miles of the city. The University of Denver (UD), home to the Sturm College of Law, offers a selection of law degrees for students to choose from, including Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Laws (LLM), and Master of Science. Colorado Law at the University of Colorado - Boulder is among the nation's top public law schools, and it administers a JD program along with dual degree programs.
|University of Denver||University of Colorado - Boulder|
|Law Degree Programs Offered|| Master of Science in Legal Administration,
Juris Doctor and Master of Arts Dual Degree,
Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration (MBA) Dual Degree,
Master of Laws in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy,
Master of Laws in International Business Transactions
| Juris Doctor,
JD/Bachelor of Laws,
JD/Master in Environmental Studies or Doctorate in Environmental Studies,
JD/Master of Public Administration,
JD/Master of Science in Telecommunications,
JD/Master of Urban and Regional Planning,
JD/Doctor of Medicine
|Related Programs Offered||Legal Administration Certificate|| American Indian Law Certificate,
Entrepreneurial Law Certificate,
Graduate Energy Certificate,
Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Environment, Policy and Society,
Juvenile and Family Law Certificate
|School Type||4-year, private, not-for-profit||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||11,809*||32,432*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Small city|
|Tuition & Fees (full-time, 2015-2016)||$44,530**||$31,866 for in-state students; $38,652 for out-of-state students****|
|Acceptance Rate (2015)||45.1%***||46.3%***|
|Relevant Facilities and Resources|| Westminster Law Library,
CaseMap database technology
| William A. Wise Law Library,
Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship,
Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment,
Byron White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law
|Noteworthy|| Top 100 Law School,***
Chancellor Scholarship for first-year students
| Top 50 Law School,***
40 student organizations,
Career Development Office
|Distance from Downtown Colorado Springs (Driving Time)||65 mi. (1 hr. 5 min.)||97.4 mi. (1 hr. 38 min.)|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, **University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, ***U.S. News & World Report Best Law Schools 2017, ****University of Colorado - Boulder, Colorado Law
Degrees at University of Denver
The University of Denver is a private institution that enrolls nearly 12,000 students a year. The university's law school, Sturm College of Law, was established in 1892. For 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked it #72 among U.S. law schools. (The American Bar Association accredits 207 law schools.)
Master of Science in Legal Administration
This 30-credit-hour program prepares students to manage legal organizations. Applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), GMAT or GRE before enrolling, and a bachelor's degree is required. Students select from concentrations in international court, law firm, and court administration. The program can be taken on campus or online, with a 10-week externship required for graduation. This program does not qualify someone to be a lawyer.
The JD program is for aspiring attorneys. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in any major from an accredited institution, in addition to having taken the LSAT. The program offers specializations in intellectual property, international legal studies, corporate and commercial law, workplace law, constitutional rights, and environmental law. First-year students can connect with Peer Mentors (second- and -third year students) who help them orient to law school. The introductory curriculum introduces them to criminal and constitutional law, civil procedure, torts, and contracts.
Juris Doctor and Master of Arts Dual Degree
This program allows students to earn both a JD and an MA degree in international studies in 4 years. Master of Arts programs are provided through UD's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Students must be admitted to each school separately.
Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration Dual Degree
This dual degree program, offered in conjunction with UD's Daniels College of Business, prepares students for the legal complexities of the international business market. In addition to law training, participants examine areas such as sustainability in business, finance, information technology, and public policy. Students can complete both JD and MBA degrees in as little as 4 years.
Master of Laws in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy
This degree program is open to those with a JD degree. Participants can focus on international or U.S. law with more than 30 courses to choose from, including animal rights, energy law, Indian tribal law, environmental ethics, wildlife law, and oil and gas law. There are also opportunities to participate in the Water Law Review professional journal or the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. Students may also gain hands-on case experience through the school's Environmental Law Clinic.
Master of Laws in International Business Transactions
Students who already hold a JD can apply for admission to this program that focuses on global business laws. It can be completed in 1-3 years, depending on full- or part-time status. Courses include negotiations, corporate drafting, and contracts drafting.
Degrees at University of Colorado - Boulder
U.S. News & World Report ranked UC - Boulder as #40 on its 2017 Best Law Schools list. With 509 students, Colorado Law has a student-faculty ratio of less than 10:1. Law students have access to three research centers and can participate in three journals. Applicants to the dual degree programs need to apply to and be admitted by the separate schools offering the respective programs.
Aspiring lawyers have two JD options to choose from, including a traditional 3-year or a 2.5-year program. Graduating a semester early can allow students to save on tuition and start their career sooner, but the extra semester gives students more time to take electives and plan for their career. Law specialties within the JD program include environment law; juvenile and family law; American Indian Law; and entrepreneurial law.
Juris Doctor/Bachelor of Laws
In conjunction with the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, UC Boulder offers this 4-year program so graduates can practice law in the U.S. and Canada. Learned concepts include insurance litigation, cross-border securities, subrogation, and real estate law, among other topics. Having both degrees can give students an edge when looking for jobs, since they'll be able to oversee transnational business.
Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration
Some specializations within this 4-year program include legislative, labor or shareholder relations, risk analysis, and lobbying. Graduates learn about both legal and business concepts so they can counsel various clients, such as securities specialists and chief executive officers. Leeds School of Business administers the MBA program.
Juris Doctor/Master in Environmental Studies or JD/Doctorate in Environmental Studies
Within 4 years, graduates can earn the JD and Master in Environmental Studies. An extra year can lead to a doctorate. Colorado Law and the Environmental Studies Program make sure core topics cover important topics in both law and natural and environmental sciences, such as climate change law and environmental science and philosophy. Job opportunities may be found in non-profit organizations, government agencies, law firms or industry companies.
Juris Doctor/Master of Public Administration
The interdisciplinary program offered in partnership with the School of Public Affairs lasts 4 years. Law students can concentrate in homeland security and emergency management, domestic violence, environmental policy and management, and local government.
Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Telecommunications
The Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program lets students pursue the M.S. in conjunction with the JD to prepare for careers in such areas as IT law, intellectual property, or patents. Students in the 4-year program learn how the law relates to networking and communications technologies.
Juris Doctor/Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Law students interested in learning how programs arise in regional and urban areas could consider this 4-year option. They'll also learn how to plan environments in anticipation of ecological and human needs. Along with Colorado Law, the College of Architecture and Planning helps graduates focus on law and economic development.
Juris Doctor/Doctor of Medicine
The School of Medicine and Colorado Law offer this 6-year program, which helps students develop lifelong research skills. Students analyze the healthcare industry and how it's legally and financially organized.