The University of Colorado School of Law was founded in 1892 and has since maintained a solid history of higher education and excellence. Ranked 40th on the annual U.S. News & World Report
list of tier-one law schools, the university continues to be one of the strongest public law schools in the nation.
The University of Colorado stands apart from its competitors, in particular for its pristine location. Lying at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the Boulder campus overflows with greenery and an abundance of beautiful trees and lakes, creating a most serene atmosphere-a Utopia for the average frazzled law student. The 215-plus buildings add an extra dimension of beauty to this perfect campus-with Italian-style architecture, sandstone walls, and red-tile roofs.
The School of Law lies in the southwestern part of campus in the Fleming Law Building, with an adjacent library that houses an extensive collection of works and research materials. Wireless Internet is available to all students within both the law building and library. Plans are underway for the construction of the Wolf Law Building-another beautiful addition to the series of Italian Renaissance buildings. The designs of the new building and its surrounding landscape are gorgeous.
The admissions process at the Colorado School of Law is selective, and gaining entrance may be particularly difficult for a non-resident. Out of more than 3,000 applicants, only about 700 are offered admission, with an average of 165 students in each entering class. Narrowing down the pool of candidates even further, out of those 165 students, at least 55% must be residents of Colorado (in line with policy as a public institution).
The University of Colorado bases its admissions decisions heavily on LSAT scores and undergraduate GPA. As of 2003, the median LSAT was 162, and the median GPA 3.62. While scores may be slightly above average, other factors are taken into consideration, including background, experience, and interests. In order to increase cultural and ethnic diversity, the University of Colorado abides by a policy of affirmative action. The small School of Law, therefore, represents a diverse community of talented individuals.
If you can make your way into this selective pool of candidates, you'll be sure to enjoy the small student-to-faculty ratios (14:1), the beautiful panoramic views, and, best of all, the low cost of attendance.
The University of Colorado boasts the lowest tuition and fees in the nation—$7,645 for Colorado residents and $22,781 for non-residents. While the fees may be low, the education the school offers is nothing short of excellent. Classes are often smaller than 85, allowing for uninhibited discussion. In order to further encourage the students to familiarize themselves with professors, the university also places its first-year students in at least one class of 30 or fewer students. The university is known for its strong network of relationships among students and faculty members.
Unique to the university is its Lend-A-Law-Student Program. The program primarily serves pro-bono Colorado attorneys or nonprofit organizations by making CU law students available for any jobs or projects. Students volunteer their time doing research, investigations, brief writing, or any other related tasks. Involvement in the legal community encourages students to build relationships within Boulder and achieve hands-on experience before beginning their legal careers
The success rate of legal placements after graduation is excellent. More than 97% of the school's graduates find employment, with approximately 46% joining legal firms, 20% becoming judicial clerks, and approximately 13.5% finding positions within the government.
Apart from academics, quality of life is good in Boulder. Living in this natural environment definitely has its perks. Aside from absorbing the beauty that embodies the campus, many students take advantage of the mountainous area to hike, bike, or backpack during the warmer seasons and ski during the snowy winters.
The campus is beautiful and the academics are first-rate at the University of Colorado School of Law. Entering its 112th year, the university will continue to build a strong community of scholars and maintain its long tradition of excellence.
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