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“Great school, relatively strong value”
July 2018FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

The professors are top notch. It is relatively small and you are paying tuition on the lower end compared to other top 40 schools.

Downers

There were some challenges related to diversity and inclusion. I assume that’s not uncommon for any law school.

Comments

Overall great school. I’ll mention that I had classes with 3 federal judges, including Gorsuch, and 2 state Supreme Court justices. It really does attract great academics, and is simply a tier above the other law school in the state in most metrics, but at a lower price tag.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Better than TLS would have you believe”
July 2015CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

I've had good and bad professors, but the good ones have been great!

Genuinely collegial environment--there's competition, obviously, but it really is kept at a minimum.

Downers

Lack of resources from the career services office: I'm filling out this review to get access to the law firm guides for OCI, which most law schools already provide for their students.

Not having a reading week before finals

Comments

CU Law really is a great school. I can't imagine being anywhere else. If you are looking for a school where you'll learn a lot but will also be able to make good friends and not have to worry about an absurdly cut-throat environment, CU is definitely for you!

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Great School in a Beautiful Location!”
March 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Beautiful location and facilities, great faculty, cooperative and collegial atmosphere. Great entrepreneurial law clinical program.

Downers

On campus recruiting was fairly limited. It was difficult to find an job outside of the Colorado market.

Comments

Boulder is a great city in which to live. Students should take advantages of opportunities to work with faculty in a small seminar style environment.

Would You Recommend

Yes

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The class style largely depends on the professor. Most of the first year profs. use the Socratic method. After that, it is easier to find more laid back profs. In general, students are happy to help each other and are not very competitive. Rather, they are more focused on everybody enjoying their law school experience and understanding the material.

Quality of Life

Everybody is wicked nice.

Admissions

Colorado law school is extremely selective. It is among the top 20 most selective law schools. This is great because it means that you know you will be studying with high achieving and small students.

Level

2L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

no professors are mean and scary. some use socratic method, but its a good teaching method! they dont do it to intimidate you. class sizes are good. people arent very competitive, you can ask anyone for notes if you miss a day of class! love cu!

Quality of Life

law school is new and awesome. boulder is a great city, though it is expensive. people at the school have a good balance of work and play.

Admissions

good chance of getting scholarships!

Level

1L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

All of my professors created an excellent environment conducive to learning. Not all of them engaged in the socratic method, however, even those that do, do so in a respectful manner. No teacher has ever made a student cry or feel stupid. Class size varies from around 90 people in large lectures to 6 in a seminar. Students are competitive but respectful and collegiate. No one has refused to send me their notes or given me the wrong answer to a question. Only the top third of the class is ranked (and these rankings are not posted) so if you are not in the top third then you never know if you are the last person or right below the cut off. We generally don't talk about grades among our friends. Our faculty is very accessible, they are always willing to meet outside of class to talk about school or future jobs.

Quality of Life

Boulder is like any college town since the undergraduate community is also there so it drives up the cost of living. If you go 10, 20 or 30 minutes outside of Boulder the prices go down and Denver is only about 40 minutes away if you prefer to live in the city. The mountains are so close, it's so easy to go hiking or biking after class. Snowboarding and skiing are within 45 minutes - 3 hours depending on where you want to go. Generally the sunshine keeps people very happy as well. Colorado is a Leed certified school and has a lot of a recycling. Crime and safety overall is fairly good - there are some issues with the undergraduate campus. The school has a lot of computers and study spaces, the library is very modern and they are constantly asking for our feedback and implementing improvements. There is a tea/coffee shop right in the cafe which also sells some food items. We also have one appellate courtroom and one trial courtroom.

Admissions

Scholarships are available to prospective students with very high test scores and grades, however, after the first year the school had a wide range of scholarships available for 2Ls and 3Ls to apply for.

Level

3L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Extremely good mix of theory/case based and experiential practical study. Socratic method is used but not in a mean way. Everyone is smart and works hard but is not overly focused on competing against each other. Very good class sizes. 1L classes are sometimes too large but upper level classes are typically a very manageable sizes.

Quality of Life

Cost of living in Boulder is mid-range, more expensive than a normal "college town" but less than a big city. The undergraduate campus is very nice, but is also somewhat separated, which makes the law school feel more insulated. The facilities and library are amazing; practically brand new. Large computer lab and a decent number of computers at cubicles; also laptops available for checkout in the library. Boulder has a great dining and nightlife scene. Overall everyone is happy because there are so many outdoor activities, in all seasons, that most people are very active and hence happier than the average law student.

Admissions

LSAT, Undergraduate (and post-graduate) GPAs, recommendation letters, open subject essay, legacy status is considered

Level

1L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The classes vary considerably by professor. The sizes tend to run large, but professors manage to make the Socratic method work even in large classes. Most professors emphasize theory in their classes. Unfortunately the academic advising is somewhat lacking - there's no good advisor system. The students are really friendly and most are quite helpful. There's competition, but it's not at all cutthroat.

Quality of Life

Boulder is a wonderful place to live. There's a lot of sunshine and plenty to do outside to take your mind off law school. The law building is brand new and the library is fantastic! The location is the number one reason to come here.

Admissions

It's fairly standard. You have to take the LSAT, fill out the application on the LSAC website, write a personal essay. The financial aid and scholarships have been pretty great.

Level

1L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

As if we know.

Level

3L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Excellent. Much use of the Socratic method, but not too much.

Level

3L

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