How to Get In: University of Colorado Law School

What can you do to set yourself apart in your application? Admissions officials have the answers.


Fourth, Colorado Law's relatively small student body (about 520) allows students to know their future colleagues in a more relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Notwithstanding the academic rigor and competitiveness of our program, our students are known for their supportiveness and collegiality, creating a healthy environment conducive to learning. With more than 30 recognized student organizations, there is a group or activity for everyone. A low student-faculty ratio of 11.5 to 1 also allows students to interact with our dedicated and expert faculty members, who maintain an open-door policy.

6. What do you look for in recommendation letters? How important is it that the letter's writer has worked regularly with the candidate in an office or school setting? Do you put much weight on letters from prominent public figures who may not know the applicant well?

At Colorado Law, the Admissions Committee finds recommendation letters that speak to the candidate's ability to succeed in law school and are based on a genuine knowledge of the candidate. We want to know that an applicant is ready for the rigors of law school, and professors are usually in the best position to make that determination. The more information the recommender can provide about the applicant's writing and analysis skills, the better.

For an applicant who has been out of school for several years, recommendation letters from employers and supervisors with more recent contact are very important. A letter from a person who does not know or remember you is not helpful! Letters from public figures are not helpful unless they have significant knowledge about your skill set.

7. Can you give a brief description of the life cycle of an application? What's the timeline applicants should expect?

We accept applications for Early Decision from September 1 to November 15. This program is a binding decision program and applicants agree to enroll in Colorado Law if admitted, and must withdraw other law school applications.

We accept applications for regular admission from October 1 to March 15. We process and make decisions on a rolling basis, so the earlier an applicant submits all their materials, the earlier we make a decision. We read applications in the order in which they are completed and aim to send decisions within four to six weeks from that time.

An application for regular admission may be submitted before taking the LSAT, and when the test score is available, it can be added to the file. The February LSAT is the last test that an applicant can take during the regular application cycle to be considered for fall admission.

We make multiple scholarship awards on a rolling basis. Every applicant who is admitted to Colorado Law is automatically considered. We notify applicants of scholarship awards by regular mail. The first of two seat deposits is due in April.

8. Which firms/organizations recruit heavily from your school? Which ones hire the highest percentage of your graduates?

Regional and national law firms recruit at the School and hire Colorado Law graduates each year. We consistently have some of the highest percentages of graduates receiving judicial clerkships amongst law schools nationally. Many of our students serve in public interest, government, and the military. The current Colorado governor, secretary of state, and the attorney general are Colorado Law alums. .

9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?

The most common mistake applicants made is failing to follow instructions, which differ from school to school. Some applicants ignore deadlines and fail to pay attention to details, such as addressing our specific essay topics in their personal statements or not submitting our two required recommendation letters.

Applicants should treat each contact—written, oral, or in person—with the Colorado Law Admissions Office as an "interview" and potential consideration in the process.

10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?