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The University of Colorado Law School is one of the professional graduate schools within the University of Colorado System. It is a public law school, with more than 500 students attending and working toward a Juris Doctor. The Wolf Law Building Located in Boulder, Colorado, and is sited on the southwest side of the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. The law school houses the William A. Wise Law Library, which is a regional archive for federal government materials and is open to the public.

The University of Colorado Law School consistently ranks as a top law school in U.S. News & World Report rankings (currently ranked 45th). In 2009, the school dropped 13 places from its previous ranking of 32, the largest drop of any of the top 100 law schools. It is renowned for its influence in the 12-state Rocky Mountain region and for the strength of its environmental law program.[1]

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History

Established in 1892, the University of Colorado Law School is a charter member in the Association of American Law Schools and appeared in 1923 on American Bar Association's first ever publication of approved law schools. Although always located on the greater Boulder campus, the law school has occupied five buildings since its founding. For the first two years of its existence, the school was housed in the Kent building. From 1894 to 1909 the school occupied the Hale Law Building. For the next 50 years, until 1959, the school occupied the Guggenheim Law Building. From 1959 to 2005, the law school occupied the Fleming Law Building. In the fall of 2006, the law school once again moved and now sits in the Wolf Law Building.

The Wolf Law Building

By the late 1990s, Colorado Law had outgrown its current building. In 1997 law students voted to tax themselves with a $1,000 per year tuition differential to help finance the building, but in 2001 the State of Colorado General Assembly rescinded its earmarked funds from the project.[2] Facing the risk of accreditation loss, law students worked with campus leaders and successfully passed a $400 per year fee on all Boulder students to fund capital construction on the Wolf Law Building and three other campus projects.[3] The Wolf Law Building was dedicated on September 8, 2006, by United States Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer. The dedication ceremony represented the end of a long and creative funding process for a public law school.

In addition to student funds, over $13 million in private gifts were donated to support the construction of the new law building. The Wolf family, in honor of Leon and Dora Wolf, were especially generous in their contribution to the new building that now bears the Wolf family name.

Admissions & Job Placement

The 25th and 75th percentile LSAT scores for entering students are 160 and 165, respectively; the median LSAT is 163. The 25th and 75th percentile GPA for entering students are 3.41 and 3.79, with a median of 3.66. [4]

Usually about 55% of Colorado students are employed at graduation, with about 87% employed within nine months after graduation. [5] For the class of 2009, however, only 65% had jobs at graduation, and many are still looking for employment six months after graduation. [6] The average starting salary for Colorado grads is $66,657, [7], with about 49% employed in private law firms, 20% in judicial clerkships, 14% in public interest, 7% in government, and 7% in business and industry. [8]

Dual Degree and Certificate Programs at the University of Colorado Law School

  • Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Public Affairs (JD/MPA)
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Science, Telecommunications (JD/MST)
  • Juris Doctor/Master in Environmental Studies (JD/ENVS)
  • Juris Doctor/Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Studies (JD/PhD)
  • Juris Doctor/Doctor of Medicine (JD/MD)
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Urban and Regional Planning (JD/MURP)
  • Juris Doctor/Bachelor of Laws Canada (JD/LLB)
  • Tax Emphasis Program
  • American Indian Law Certificate
  • Juvenile and Family Law Certificate
  • Entrepreneurial Law Certificate

Experiential Learning at the University of Colorado Law School

  • Clinics
  • Externships
  • Public Service Pledge
  • Appellate and Trial Competitions

Publications at the University of Colorado School of Law

  • The University of Colorado Law Review
  • The Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy
  • The Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law

Centers at the University of Colorado Law School

External links

References

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