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University of Colorado at Boulder (School of Law)

The University of Colorado School of Law is distinguished by the extraordinary quality of its students and faculty. The student body not only ranks in the top tier statistically, but also represents a hundred undergraduate institutions and a rich blend of geographic and ethnic backgrounds. Our students bring experiences of leadership, career achievement, and community service. Although competitiveness among students with such elite qualifications is typical, at Colorado collegiality comes first.

The same attributes that we value in our students are reflected in our faculty. They have succeeded in their chosen fields and have been engaged in an impressive array of professional and civic activities. Many of them are nationally and internationally recognized for their scholarly work and the faculty as a whole is among the most productive of books and articles in the nation. But for all of us, our highest calling is interacting with students in the classroom and outside of it. So we have kept our student-faculty ration low, about 13:1, which is among the most favorable anywhere.

Selecting a law school to attend is a momentous decision. Students who choose Colorado generally seek the very best, all-around legal education that can be attained in combination with other factors that are important to them. Among those factor are:

Opportunities for course work and co-curricular activities in areas of excellence such as environmental and natural resources law, constitutional law, and telecommunications law;

Professional programs such as work in five specialized clinics and customized externships in legal offices and programs;

Joint degree programs in business, environmental policy, and public policy that enable students to pursue interdisciplinary work.

Beyond the educational experience, we recognize that the choice of a law school is influenced by practical concerns such as cost, and intangibles such as location. Although tuition is rising everywhere, we are striving to keep our resident tuition comparable to the best publicly supported law schools; virtually all non-residents are eligible to become residents after their first year. The opportunity for recreation during precious leisure time is important to most professionals. Boulder offers the range of cultural and educational activities expected to be found on the campus of a large research university and its surrounding community. The campus is beautifully located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, allowing students to pursue skiing, hiking, climbing, or just a quiet walk near the campus.

Graduates of the University of Colorado School of Law are leaders in the profession, in business, and in their communities across the country. They fulfill our goal of instilling a strong capacity for analyzing and solving problems, guided by a commitment to ethical service to clients and the community.

The study of law is both a classic academic endeavor and the preparation for a professional career. The Law School seeks to excel in both. The challenge for the Law School has been to educate the University community of our mission as a professional school, and the practicing bar of our academic mission, while accomplishing both of those missions.

The School's "academic" mission involves the resolution of difficult abstract questions by applying knowledge from a wide range of subjects, including law itself as well as disciplines such as history, philosophy, economics, and sociology. This also describes our scholarship, and what we seek to bring to the classroom from our scholarship. Our "professional" mission-to train lawyers-is thus closely related to our academic mission, yet includes more, as the training of lawyers requires the imparting of special skills that are not necessarily learned in the classroom.

The mission of the University of Colorado School of Law is to advance the mission of the University, specifically:

Through teaching, to provide high-quality instruction to prepare our students to think critically, communicate effectively, act ethically, value diversity, and be leaders in both the legal profession and society;
Through research, to support our teaching mission and to discover, create, integrate, disseminate and apply knowledge of the law; and
Through service, to support and improve legal institutions, the delivery of legal services, and public understanding of the law in Colorado and society as a whole.

School name:University of Colorado at BoulderSchool of Law
Address:Fleming Law Building 401 UCB
Zip & city:CO 80309 Colorado

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