Below is an alphabetical listing of courses. Click on the course name to view the description.
Accounting and Financial Management for the Legal Administrator | M4410
Accounting for Lawyers | L4006
Accounting for the Small Legal Practice | L4002
Administrative Law | L4025
Advanced Corporate Law | L47xx
Advanced Legal Research | 47xx
Advanced Legal Writing and Research | L4305
Advancing Diversity and Inclusiveness in the Legal Profession | L47xx
Advising the Adviser: Compliance and Enforcement under the Investment Advisers Act | L4867
Agency, Partnership & the LLC | L4048
Alternative Dispute Resolution | L4060
American Legal Systems, Research, and Writing | 47xx
Anatomy of a Transaction | L47xx
Animal Rights | L4019
Animals, Food Law & the Constitution
Antitrust and Unfair Competition | L4070
Appellate Advocacy | L4003
Applied Leadership and Management Theory | M4151
Asylum Law | L47xx
Bankruptcy | L4090
Basic Tax | L4100
Business & Commercial Law Seminar | L4485
Business Development: Marketing and Client Service | L4089
Business Entities | L4185
Business Legal Research | L47xx
The Business of Courts | M4200
Capital Formation | L47xx
Capstone Externship/Project | M5010
Child Advocacy Practicum | L5031
Civil and Criminal Tax Procedure | L4489
Civil Litigation Clinic & Seminar | L4805/L4806
Civil Litigation Clinic (Advanced) | L4023
Civil Procedure | L4120
Civil Procedure (Advanced) | L4028
Civil Rights Clinic & Seminar | L4809/L4812
Colorado Legal History & Practice | L47xx
Colorado Legal Research | L4132
Commercial Law Survey | L4131
Communication, Writing, and Research in Legal Business | M4380
Community Economic Development Clinic and Seminar | L47xx
Comparative Competition Law (Study Abroad)
Comparative Corporate Governance (Study Abroad)
Comparative Environmental Law | L4137
Comparative Law | L4135
Conflict of Laws | L4160
Constitutional Law | L4164
Constitutional Law II | L4166
Construction Law | L4179
Consumer Financial Protection Law | L47xx
Contemporary Issues in Oil & Gas Development | L47xx
Contracts | L4175
Contracts Drafting | L4178
Copyright Law | L4214
Corporate Compliance | L47xx
Corporate Compliance: Money Managers and Investment Advisers | L47xx
Corporate Drafting Seminar | L4181
Corporate Taxation I | L4186
Corporate Taxation II | L4187
Corporate Taxation III | L4188
Corporations | L4190
Court Case Flow/Load Management | M4180
Court Fiscal Management | M4100
Criminal Defense Clinic & Criminal Defense Seminar | L4800/L4801
Criminal Law | L4195
Criminal Procedure | L4200
Criminal Procedure (Advanced) | L4026
Criminal Procedure Practicum | 47xx
Crimmigration Law Seminar | L4561
Critical Race Reading Seminar | L47xx
Critical Race Theory and Jurisprudence | L47xx
Critical Readings in Race and Water and Natural Resources Law | 47xx
Day One Criminal Practice Lab | L47xx
Death Penalty Jurisprudence | L4201
Directed Research | L4999
Directed Research MSLA | M4999
Discovery Practicum | L4218
Education Law | 47xx
Election Law | L4236
Employment Discrimination Law | L4227
Employment Law - Benefits | L4224
Employment Law Survey | L4205
Energy Law | L4210
Entertainment Law | L4215
Environmental and Natural Resources Law: Concepts and Context | 47xx
Environmental Appellate Advocacy | L47xx
Environmental Law | L4220
Environmental Law Clinic and Seminar | L4206/L4802
Environmental Law, Energy, & Natural Resources in Indian Country | L4563
Estate and Gift Taxation | L4225
Evidence | L4235
Evidence Practicum | L4237
Exempt Organizations | L4238
Externship | L5025
Family Law | L4240
Family Law (Adv.) Complex Child Issues
Family Law (Adv.) Divorce
Federal Courts | L4250
Federal Indian Law | L4300
Federal Wildlife Law | L4251
Financial Investments & the Aging Population | L47xx
Forced Migration and Human Trafficking | L47xx
The Forge/ CED Clinic | L47xx
The Fundamentals of Comparative Law | M4320
Gender, Policy and Law Seminar | L47xx
Global Climate Change Law and Policy | L4259
Hazardous Waste & Toxic Substances | L4380
Health Law | L4276
Holistic Juvenile Defense and Advocacy Seminar | L5031
Holocaust Seminar | L4277
Homeless Advocacy Policy Seminar | L47xx
Hughes Research Seminar | L4280
Human Resources and Performance Management | M4121
Immigration Law | L4295
Immigration Law & the Workplace | L47xx
Immigration Law in Spanish | L4563
Indian Water Rights | L47xx
Individual Tax Problems | L4292
Insurance Law | L4304
Intellectual Property Capstone | L47xx
Intermediate Legal Analysis | L4015
International & Comparative Mining Law | L4342
International & Comparative Petroleum Law | L4343
International and Comparative Legal Research | L47xx
International and Human Rights: Indigenous Peoples | L4288
International Business Negotiations
International Business Transactions | L4315
International Commercial Arbitration | L4341
International Commercial Arbitration | L4341-Shill
International Criminal Law | L47xx
International Dispute Resolution | L47xx
International Environmental Law | L4317
International Human Rights | L4319
International Investment | L47xx
International Investments Arbitration Practice & Procedure | L47xx
International Law | L4320
International Legal Research | L47xx
International Mergers and Acquisitions | L4351
International Practice and Procedure | L47xx
International Sales | L47xx
International Tax | L4344
International Trade Law | L4379
Introduction to Intellectual Property | L4310
Introduction to Small Practice Management | L4421
Introduction to the American Legal System | L4064
Introduction to the U.S. Judicial System | M4300
IP Capstone - Trademarks | 47xx
Jurisprudence | L4345
Juvenile Law | L4350
Labor & Employment Legal Writing Seminar | L47xx
Labor Law | L4355
Land Conservation Transactions | L4358
Land Use Planning | L4360
Law and Corruption Seminar | L47xx
Law and Neuroscience
Law Firm Administration | M4201
Law Firm Client Service and Satisfaction | M4386
Law Firm Technology | M4085
Lawyer as Peacemaker | 47xx
Lawyering Process I | L4385
Lawyering Process II | L4386
Legal Analysis Strategies | L4032
Legal English Seminar | L47xx
Legal Externship Seminar: Corporate | L5031
Legal Externship Seminar: Criminal Defense | L5031
Legal Externship Seminar: Criminal Prosecution | L5031
Legal Externship Seminar: Government Sector | L5031
Legal Externship Seminar: Judicial Placements | L5031
Legal Externship Seminar: Non Profit | L5031
Legal Externship Seminar: Private Firm | L5031
Legal Externship: Racial, Social & Economic Justice | L5031
Legal Profession | L4425
Litigation Skills in a Bilingual World | L47xx
Marijuana Regulatory Drafting & Policy | 47xx
Media Law | L4433
Medical Malpractice | L4444
Mental Health & Criminal Law | 47xx
Mergers & Acquisitions | L4441
Military Law | L47xx
Mining Law | L4445
Movement Lawyering for Social Justice: Skill-Building Workshop | L47xx
Multiculturalism, Race and the Law Seminar | L4446
Multinational Corporations, Corporate Social Responsibility, & International Law | L47xx
Native American Appellate Advocacy and Trial Team | L47xx
Natural Resources Law | L4450
Natural Resources Practitioner in Residence Seminar | L4464
Negotiating Natural Resources Agreements | L4462
Negotiation & Mediation | L4460
Negotiation and Drafting in an International Business Context | L47xx
Oil and Gas Law | L4465
Outdoor Recreation and Ski Law | L47xx
Partnership Taxation | L4481
Patent Law | L4096
Patent Litigation | L4483
Poverty and Low-Wage Work in America | L47xx
Practitioners Guide to Compliance: Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) | 47xx
Prison Law | 47xx
Privacy Seminar | L4008
Private Equity Seminar | L47xx
Probate Practicum | L47xx
Problem Solving Courts | L47xx
Project Management | M4954
Property | L4490
Protecting Intellectual Property in International Business Transactions | L4415
Psychiatry and the Law | L4454
Public Interest Lawyering Lab
Public Land and Resources Law | L4495
Qualified Pension and Profit Sharing Plans | L4463
Race, Class and Reproductive Justice | L4378
Real Estate | L4095
Real Estate Transactions
Real Estate, Title & Finance | L47xx
Regulating Cannabis | 47xx
Religion & Law | L47xx
Remedies | L4520
Renewable Energy for the 21st Century: Law, Policy & Markets | L4508
Renewable Energy Law | L4511
Renewable Energy Law Project
Renewable Energy Project Development and Regulation | L4509
Renewable Energy Seminar- Wind | L4280
Representing Clients Before the SEC | L4618
Representing the Marijuana Client | L4416
Representing the Spanish-Speaking Client | L4417
Secured Transactions | L4530
Securities Law | L4528
Securities Litigation | L4529
Semester in Practice & Semester in Practice Seminar | L5029/L5030
Social Change Lawyering | L4539
Spanish for Lawyers | L4553
Spanish for Lawyers II | L4554
Specialty Courts | M4330
State Constitutional Law
Statistics for the Legal Administrator | M4415
Strategic Planning in the Courts | M4950
Sustainable Cities Practicum | L47xx
Sustainable Development and International Trade | L4556
Taxation of Natural Resources | L4605
Topics in Constitutional Law: | L4050
Torts | L4610
Torts (Advanced) | L4615
Trademark Law | L4115
Trial Practice I: Basic Courtroom Skills | L4635
Trial Practice II - Discovery and Pre-Trial Skills | 47xx
Trial Practice II: Advanced Courtroom Skills | L4042
Trial Practice II: Litigation Technology | L4436
Trial Practice II: Motions Practice | L4634
Trial Practice II: Voir Dire | L4027
Trial Practice III: Mentors Practicum | L4442
Trial Practice III: National Trial Team | L5026
Trial Practice III:Trial Practicum | L47xx
Trial Tactics | L47xx
Tribal Wills Summer Course | 47xx
Trusts and Estates | L4640
U.S. and E.U. Investment Management Regulation and Compliance | L47xx
Water Court Practice | L47xx
Water Law | L4670
Water Transactions Seminar | L47xx
Wills Lab | L4686
Workplace Law Practicum: Prelitigation & Transactional Skills
Workplace Law Practicum: Sports & Entertainment Law | L4418
World Judicial Systems | M4310
Youth Rights Workshop | 47xx
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Each semester the Registrar’s Office provides students with course information and registration procedures. Students generally register in November for the following Spring Semester and at the end of March/beginning of April for the following Summer and Fall Semesters. In order to register, students first must resolve all financial or other holds on their records. Students must register using PioneerWeb. Students receive registration time tickets approximately one (1) week prior to registration. Students receive registration priority according to the number of credit hours they have completed. A more detailed description of registration procedures follows:
- Registration Procedures
The Sturm College of Law bases registration priorities on the number of credit hours students have earned. We divide all students into groups based on their proximity to graduation, and those students closest to graduation have top priority. Students must pay close attention to their registration time. If a student fails to register during the designated registration period, the student may not secure the courses most valuable to him or her.
“Earned credit hours” for registration priority purposes include the credit hours in which students currently are enrolled.
- Wait List Registration and Policies
If a course is closed at the time of registration, a student can automatically place him/herself on the wait list for the desired course. Students may wait list for up to three courses at a time. Each course’s wait lists are ranked in the order students place themselves on the wait list. When a spot in a course opens, the first student on the wait list receives an email notifying them of the open spot. The student has 24 hours to add him/herself to the course. Failure to act within 24 hours will result in being dropped from the wait list, and then the next student on the wait list will be notified of the open spot.
Students must be registered for any course they wish to attend. For this reason, wait listed students are not allowed to attend classes for which they are waitlisted. Due to space limitations and equity in the management of our wait listed students, the College of Law does not accept retroactive registrations (aka “forced registrations”).
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Crossing Division Lines
Upon completion of the first year curriculum, students can choose to register for classes in the day and/or evening division.
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During beginning of each semester, students may drop courses from their schedules and receive a full tuition refund for the dropped courses. In the Summer Semester, students have a shorter period in which to drop a course and receive a full tuition refund. If a student drops a class after the official drop/add period has expired, the law school will not refund the tuition for that class. Please see the academic calendar on the law registrar website for official dates regarding the add/drop deadlines for each semester.
Students must use PioneerWeb to make schedule changes during the drop/add period. After the end of the drop/add period, students may drop courses (without a tuition refund) only by completion of a Drop Petition which requires the approval of the individual professor and the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. Moreover, after the end of the drop/add period, students who drop a course will receive a “W” (withdrawal) on their transcript for the dropped course. Students can find Drop Petitions in the Student Affairs Office or here.
The last day of classes marks the last day that a student can withdraw from a class.
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During the first two weeks of a Fall or Spring Semester, students may add courses to their schedules. Students must use PioneerWeb to make schedule changes during this time. After expiration of the drop/add period, students cannot add a course without special permission from the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. A student who wishes to add a course after the drop/add period has expired must complete an Add Petition, submit the petition to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, and secure permission from the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. Students can find Add Petitions in the Student Affairs Office or here.
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Limitation on Out of Class Credits
Students cannot take more than a total of twenty-five (25) out-of-class credit hours from the following sources:
- The non-classroom component of clinical courses
- Directed Research/Directed Experiential
- Courses in Law School Graduate Programs
- Graduate Courses Outside the Law School
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Directed Research opportunities allow students in their second, third, or fourth years to study and write in any area of law under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. Adjunct professors cannot supervise a Directed Research project. Students may register for either two (2) or three (3) credit hours of Directed Research per semester. Students may petition the Associate Dean for Student Affairs for permission to take four (4) or five (5) credit hours of Directed Research with the permission of the professor supervisor. Students can receive no more than five (5) total credits of Directed Research during law school.
Directed research projects satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement.
Students can find a Directed Research form in the Registrar’s Office or here. Students should complete this form, obtain the signature of the professor who has agreed to supervise the Directed Research and submit this form to the Registrar’s Office. If the student is petitioning to take four or five credit hours of Directed Research, the petition should be signed by the faculty member and delivered to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs for his/her approval.
Ordinarily, students must complete the Directed Research project during the semester for which the student registered for the Directed Research. The supervisor faculty member, however, may waive this requirement in writing to the Dean of Student Affairs. The student must submit the original of their Directed Research project to the supervising faculty member for a grade and submit a copy to the Registrar, no later than the last day of exams for the semester in which the student has registered for the Directed Research.
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Directed Experiential Projects allow students in their second, third, or fourth years to work with a full-time faculty member on a real or simulated client matter. Adjunct faculty may not supervised a Directed Experiential Project. Students may register for one to three credit hours of Directed Experiential Project work per semester; students must petition to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for permission to register for four or five credit hours. Students may not exceed a total of 5 directed experiential credits during law school. All work on a Directed Experiential Project must be supervised by the faculty member, and the faculty member must ensure that the work is experiential and that the project provides a robust learning opportunity.
A Directed Experiential Project form can be found in the Registrar’s Office. Students should complete this form, obtain the approval and signature of the faculty member who has agreed to supervise the Directed Experiential Project and submit the form to the Registrar’s Office. Students wishing to register for four or five credit hours must submit a petition.
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Law Review and Journal Credits
Students can earn academic credit for work on the Denver University Law Review, Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, Water Law Review, and Transportation Law Journal. Students may register for the above journals and are allowed a maximum of 6 semester credit hours in total towards their JD according to the following rules:
A student may earn zero (0) or one (1) credit hour per semester as a staff member who verifies the accuracy of references made by authors but does not write publishable material of his/her own.
- Writing Staff
A student may earn zero (0), one (1), or two (2) credit hours per semester as a staff member who attempts to write a publishable article (usually case notes, comments, or surveys) and who prepares multiple drafts of such a writing.
A student may earn zero (0), one (1), or two (2) credit hours per semester as an editor who supervises the work of staff members, performs substantive edits, and works with authors.
- Editorial Board
A student may earn zero (0), one (1), two (2), or three (3) credit hours per semester as a Board member who solicits, reviews, edits work, and performs administrative functions such as communications with publishers or maintenance of files and correspondence.
To receive credit for law review service, students must secure certification of such service from the Editorial Board of the relevant law review. The Editorial Board shall submit such certification to the Registrar.
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Externships provide students with opportunities to earn academic credit while they gain practical legal experience. Students extern in corporations, criminal defense and prosecution placements, government agencies, judicial chambers, nonprofits, private firms, and more. Please note that prerequisites for externships vary. Students must pay tuition for their approved externship credit hours just like any other course.
At Denver Law, the required course of study for first-time externs includes a fieldwork component and an accompanying for-credit, graded seminar. Repeat externs are not required to enroll in the seminar. For the most up-to-date information on externships, visit the Legal Externship Program’s website.
Students can enroll in an externship for 2 to 6 field credits per externship. Each credit corresponds to 50 hours of work. Thus, students can work for 100 hours to 300 hours during a semester. Field credit is graded pass/fail. Beginning in summer 2017, first-time externs enrolled in 2 credits must work hours.
Students’ grades are determined both by satisfactory performance in the field (as determined by the Supervisor) AND completion of any requirements assigned by Denver Law. In accordance with University policy, a grade of “no pass” for the field credit will not affect the student’s G.P.A. However, if a student receives a grade of “no pass,” the student will receive no credit for the externship and the grade of “NP” will appear on the student’s transcript.
Students may start accumulating hours for their externship two (2) weeks prior to the start of the semester in which they have registered for the externship and can start two (2) weeks after the onset of the semester. Once a student has worked more than the number of hours required for an externship, the student may continue to volunteer time but the student cannot obtain additional academic credit for that externship.
Certain types of externships require preapproval by externship faculty:
- Externships in which students are seeking 5 or 6 field credits, paid externships, externships that begin after a Denver Law sponsored study abroad program, and out-of-state/international externships require pre-approval.
- Students cannot repeat an externship for credit at the same placement unless a memo is submitted by the supervisor detailing how the externship will be substantially different and provide additional educational value with a second semester.
Generally, students are limited to 15 externship field credits during their time at Denver Law. Field credits are counted as part of your overall out-of-class credits, which is limited to 25. If a student is a 3L in the Semester in Practice Program, the student works full-time and the externship field credit limit throughout your time at Denver Law increases to 19 credits
Please note: You must have 28 credits to participate in an externship. Students on academic probation cannot participate in an externship.
At Denver Law, if you are a first-time extern, unless the externship is part of one of our Specialty Programs, you are required to participate in a 1-credit graded seminar alongside the externship in the field. The credit does not count towards your externship field credit limits or your out-of-class credits. It is designed to enhance your experience in the field. It requires attending and actively participating in some in-person group sessions and engaging in out-of-class reflective exercises. Students will receive a syllabus at the onset of the semester with detailed information on the seminar and assignments.
Beginning in summer 2017, students are designated as repeat externs if they have already completed one externship with our office and have completed the required seminar with a passing grade. Repeats are not required to enroll in the seminar, but in addition to completing hours at the placement, repeat externs must complete a series of reflective-based assignments throughout the semester. Completion of these assignments is required to earn a grade of Pass for the field credit.
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Other Law School Graduate Degree Programs
The Sturm College of Law offers graduate degrees in the following programs: Master of Science in Legal Administration, Master of Laws in American Law Practice, Master of Legal Studies, Master of Legal Studies in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy, Master of Laws in International Business Transactions, and Master of Laws in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and Policy. Students may take up to eight (8) semester hours of approved non-JD coursework from the above programs toward their JD degrees.
Students who complete courses in these programs and then enroll in law school cannot receive credit for the courses completed in these programs toward their JD degrees.
Students with an interest in these advanced degrees should contact the Graduate Legal Studies department.
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Other University of Denver Graduate Courses
Students may take a maximum of eight (8) semester credit hours of graduate level courses in other schools or departments at the University of Denver (with the exception of University College) for credit toward their JD degree under the following conditions:
- The student must have a cumulative law school GPA of at least a 2.7 and must enroll in the College of Law during the semester the student takes a graduate course.
- Prior approval from the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. The student must submit a petition to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs that verifies the graduate level of the proposed course and that states how the proposed course relates to the intellectual and professional aspirations of the student. Students can find this petition in the Student Affairs Office or here
Graduate level credit hours taken in other University of Denver graduate programs count toward the maximum of (8) credit hours that law students can take outside the law school. Students may receive credit for eight (8) semester hours of non-JD credit or ten (10) semester hours of dual-degree credit, but may not receive both.
Credits taken at University College will be counted towards the JD degree.
Credits from University of Denver graduate courses outside of the law school will not appear on a student’s law transcript, but the courses will reduce the number of credit hours a student must earn to graduate (i.e., a student who takes eight (8) semester hours or the equivalent in other graduate courses must earn 82 credit hours from the College of Law to meet the 90 credit hour graduation requirement.) Grades will not be factored into a student’s cumulative GPA.
Students who choose to take classes in other University of Denver graduate departments should consult the Financial Management Office to discuss financial aid options. Students cannot apply law scholarship funds towards non-law credits.
- Dual Degree Programs
The Sturm College of Law offers numerous dual degree arrangements in which students may work concurrently on a JD degree and an advanced degree in a related discipline. The programs offered exist in conjunction with other departments at the University of Denver or the Colorado School of Mines. Dual degree opportunities now exist in: Geography, Psychology, Computer Science, Business, International Management, Real Estate, Social Work, Economics, Mass Communications, Public Policy, Tax, International Studies, and Mineral Economics (at the Colorado School of Mines).
Application for Dual Degree Programs are available through the Graduate Studies office or online at http://www.du.edu/ahss/mfjs/programs/graduate/dualgrad.html. Dual-degree credit hours taken in other University of Denver graduate programs count toward the maximum of fifteen (15) quarter credit hours that law students can take outside the law school. Students may receive credit for eight (8) semester hours of non-JD credit or ten (10) semester hours of dual-degree credit, but may not receive both.
Before the Sturm College of Law will consider a student as a dual degree student, the student must secure separate admission to the counterpart program and have a completed dual degree petition on file with the Office of Graduate Studies. After the student completes the required initial first-year law curriculum, the student may schedule courses in any combination allowed by the dual degree program.
Students must pursue both of the degrees in a dual degree simultaneously. While students are encouraged to complete courses from each field concurrently, in some cases, electives may be taken consecutively. Students have up to 18 months to complete the second degree. PLEASENOTE: While dual degrees need not be completed simultaneously, the College of Law will not allow any student to take advantage of the ten (10) semester hour dual-degree credit until the second degree is complete. The College of Law cannot grant a JD degree if there is any possibility that a student will not meet all the requirements of the JD degree. Students cannot be certified to take any bar examinations until they have been awarded the degree of Juris Doctor.
If a student changes his or her plans and decides to earn only one degree, the student must complete the full requirements for that degree.
The normal arrangements between the Sturm College of Law and another university department usually consist of the following: The other department usually will accept ten (10) semester hours (15 quarter hours) from the Sturm College of Law, and the Sturm College of Law generally will accept fifteen (15) quarter hours (10 semester hours) from another department in satisfaction of their respective degree requirements. Students must consult with other university departments to confirm the number of credit hours that department will accept from the Sturm College of Law.
- JD/MSLA Program
A student may earn a JD/MSLA (Master of Science in Legal Administration). For further information please contact the Graduate Legal Studies Department.
- JD/LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resource Law and Policy
A student may earn a JD/LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resource Law and Policy. For further information, please contact the Graduate Legal Studies Department.
- JD/LL.M. in International Business Transactions
A student may also earn a JD/LL.M. in International Business Transactions. For further information, please contact the Graduate Legal Studies Department.
- JD/LL.M. in Taxation
A student may earn a JD/LL.M. in Taxation. For further information, please contact the Graduate Legal Studies Department.
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Transfer of Credits from Other ABA-Accredited Law Schools
The Sturm College of Law may admit students with advanced standing at another ABA-accredited law school if they have completed the proper amount of coursework and have demonstrated academic proficiency indicative of success at the Sturm College of Law.
The College of Law may approve up to 45 hours of transfer credit from another ABA-accredited law school. Only courses for which a student receives a grade of C or better will be considered for transfer.
Every transfer student must complete the required curriculum for graduation from the Sturm College of Law. In the event that a transfer student has taken a required course at his or her original school, but has not completed all of the credit hours required by the Sturm College of Law for that course, the transfer student should consult with the Registrar. The Registrar, in conjunction with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will determine whether the course taken at the transfer student’s original school satisfies the requirements of the Sturm College of Law for that course. During consultation with the Registrar on this issue, transfer students should provide to the Registrar the syllabus for the course and the official transcript that indicates the grade that the student earned in the course.
Transferred courses will be counted towards a student’s 90 semester credit hour requirement, but grades will not be factored into the student’s cumulative GPA.
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Visiting Student Status
- Limitation of Visiting Credits
No student can apply more than a total of thirty (30) visiting credit hours from any and all sources toward their law school degree.
A student in good standing at the Sturm College of Law may petition to take courses at another ABA approved law school. The petition must list the courses and course descriptions from the host school. The petition also must state legitimate reasons for the visit. The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs must approve all visiting student petitions and has the authority to deny a visiting request. Students can find a Visiting Student Petition online here.
The SCOL strongly discourages students from a visit with another law school during their last semester before graduation because the SCOL will not transfer credit hours from any course in which the visiting student earns less than a C, irrespective of the student’s cumulative GPA (credits received in pass/fail courses in which students receive a “pass” grade will be counted).
In order to graduate from the SCOL, students who petition to visit another law school during a Fall/Spring Semester must:
- Complete all required courses at the Sturm College of Law and
- Complete at least sixty (60) credit hours at the Sturm College of Law.
In addition, a student who visits another law school during a Fall/Spring semester cannot take more than eighteen (18) credit hours in one semester or more than thirty (30) total credit hours in one year at the other law school. The student must earn a grade of C or better in any course taken at the host school that the student wants to count toward his or her JD credit hours at the SCOL: the SCOL will not accept transfer credit hours for any course in which the visiting student earned a grade lower than a C (credits received in pass/fail courses in which students receive a “pass” grade will be counted).
Students who visit at another law school during a Fall/Spring Semester must submit official transcripts to the Registrar’s Office each semester that show that the student remains in good standing at the host law school. A student who fails to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.3 at the host school must seek readmission to the Sturm College of Law with a petition to the Examinations and Standing Committee.
- Non-Sturm College of Law Study Abroad Programs (for more information on all Study Abroad, please visit the Study Abroad website)
Students may earn a maximum of 8 credits by enrolling in a study abroad law program at another institution and transferring those credits to the Sturm College of Law under the following conditions:
- The student remains in good standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or above at time of application;
- The ABA has approved the study abroad program (see: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/foreign_study.html );
- The student submits a Petition to Study Abroad online and secures approval of coursework from the Director of the International Legal Studies Program and the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.
- The student must submit all required materials (Petition, Letter of Good Standing, proof of ABA-Accreditation) to the International Legal Studies Program through the online petition process;
- At least 50% of the credits selected by the student to take as part of their study abroad program must be in courses that are not regularly taught at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law;
- REMINDER: No student can apply more than a total of thirty (30) visiting credit hours from any and all sources toward their law school degree (see above in “Visiting Student Status” section). The maximum number of credit hours a student can apply to toward their law school degree from study abroad courses offered by another law school is 8.
At the student’s request, the Registrar’s office will provide letters of good standing (for proof of GPA) and any other required documentation, such as letters of permission.
In order to secure written approval of coursework, a student must submit a Petition, along with a brochure and/or syllabus that describes the study abroad program and its curriculum. A student may find the petition, and all instructions regarding submission of documents, here. A flowchart outlining the process is found here: http://www.law.du.edu/documents/study-abroad/Study-Abroad-Flow-Chart.pdf.
A transfer student (who has completed up to thirty (30) credit hours at another law school) may also petition to enroll in a summer abroad law program at another institution.
In order to secure credit for study abroad credit hours taken at another law school, the student must:
- Earn a grade of C or better in the course or courses taken.
- At the conclusion of the program, assure that the Study Abroad Program submits a final official transcript that confirms the credits that the student completed to the Sturm College of Law Registrar at the conclusion of the program.
The study abroad credit hours that a student earns under the above conditions count toward the student’s JD degree, but the grades earned in summer abroad courses will not appear on the student’s transcript and will not factor into the student’s cumulative law school GPA.
Financial Aid-seeking students should consult the University of Denver Financial Management Office with respect to Consortium Agreements with various schools that offer Study Abroad opportunities and to clarify other financial aid matters.
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- Law Students
Sturm College of Law students may audit any course in their last semester with the advance approval of the professor. Students cannot earn credit toward their law degree from audited courses, and the law school does not charge tuition for audited courses. Audited courses do not appear on student transcripts.
A student cannot convert an audited course to a course for credit after the end of the second week of classes. Likewise, a student who enrolls in a class for credit cannot convert that class to audited status after the second week of classes.
Alumni of the College of Law may audit classes subject to classroom capacity and professor approval.
Members of the bench, practicing lawyers, and persons who work in related fields may petition to audit a course at the Sturm College of Law. For non-students, the cost to audit a course is $350 per credit hour. Alumni can audit their first class for free. Please contact the Law Registrar’s Office for further audit information and paperwork requirements.
- All Auditors
Auditors cannot take course examinations and cannot receive academic credit for audited courses under any circumstances.
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