University of Denver Law School

General Info

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Colorado territorial governor John Evans founded the University of Denver in 1864, making it the oldest independent institution of higher education in the Rocky Mountain region. The Sturm College of Law opened its doors in 1892, pioneering legal education on America's frontier and graduating many of the attorneys and judges who built the legal structure of America's Mountain West. Independence, ingenuity, and excellence remain guiding principles at the Sturm College of Law and at the larger University of Denver, which also includes top graduate schools in business, international studies, social work, and other fields.

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Denver Law School Admissions

Denver Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 46% of its applicants. Comparatively, Denver is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 2472 1114 (45.06%) 250 (10.1%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.14 3.43 3.61
LSAT 154 157 158

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $44,530 $44,530
Part Time $32,686 $32,686

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $16,421
  • Living off-campus: $16,421
  • Living at home: $16,421

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/01
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 03/01
  • Application Fee: $65

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Denver Law School Community

Denver Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Denver is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 73
  • Part Time: 80


  • # Female Faculty: 63
  • # Minority Faculty: 26


11.2 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Denver Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Denver Law School 1L section size is 16% larger than law schools in Colorado and 34% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Denver Law School: 221
Colorado Average: 186
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 1427
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 203

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 441
  • Law Journals: 300
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 9.7%
  • Second Year: 1.5%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Denver Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Denver Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 91% with 0% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 95.3%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 37.0%
  • Business: 17.0%
  • Government: 21.0%
  • Public Interest: 3.0%
  • Academia: 7.0%
  • Colorado: 91%
  • California: 2%
  • New York: 1%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 95.3%
  • First Time Takers: 255
  • Average School: 83.5%
  • Average State: 78.4%
  • Pass Difference: 5.2%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Colorado: 78.4%
  • Passed: 203 of 243 (83.5%)
  • State Average: 78.4%
  • Difference: 5.2%