University of Colorado--Boulder

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Boulder, CO 80309

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#43 Best Law Schools


Law School Overview

The Law School at University of Colorado--Boulder has an application deadline of March 15. The full-time program application fee at the Law School at University of Colorado--Boulder is $65. Its tuition is full-time: $31,738 per year (in-state) and full-time: $38,524 per year (out-of-state). The student-faculty ratio is 9.2:1. The Law School at University of Colorado--Boulder has 65 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

At the University of Colorado—Boulder Law School, students can graduate with a J.D. in as little as 2.5 years. Students can focus their legal education through elective curriculums in areas including environmental and natural resource law and intellectual property, technology, and telecommunication. There are also a variety of dual degree programs, such as a J.D./M.B.A. through the Leeds School of Business, a J.D./Master of Urban and Regional Planning via the College of Architecture and Planning, and a J.D./M.D. program through the CU—Denver School of Medicine.

In addition to a traditional legal curriculum, the school has an Experiential Learning Program that sets students up in clinics, externships, and a voluntary public service program that commits students to at least 50 hours of pro bono work before graduation. Students can also get involved in school centers, such as the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and the Natural Resources Law Center.

 There are more than 30 student organizations to check out, including the Colorado Election Law Project and the Sports and Entertainment Law Student Association, as well as three legal journals: the University of Colorado Law Review; the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy; and the Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law.

Notable alumni of the CU School of Law include Chuck Berry, president of the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry, and Glenn Jones, a pioneer in the technology industry who founded various entities including Jones International University, an online school, and Great American Country, a 24-hour country music cable TV network.

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Year founded 1892
Public/private Public
Law school designation National


Application deadline March 15
Full-time program application fee $65
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (303) 492-7203
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 65
Student-faculty ratio 9.2:1
Total faculty 82

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 514
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 176


Tuition and fees

full-time: $31,738 per year (in-state)
full-time: $38,524 per year (out-of-state)

Room and board $12,770


Employed at graduation2 41.7%
Median private sector starting salary $70,000
Median public service starting salary $50,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 775,617

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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