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University of Colorado School of Law
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Location Boulder, CO, US
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The University of Colorado School of Law is one of the professional graduate schools within the University of Colorado System. It is a public law school, with approximately 500 students attending and working toward a Juris Doctor. Located in Boulder, Colorado, it is sited on the southwest side of the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. The law school houses the William A. Wise Law Library, which is a regional archive for federal government materials and is open to the public.

The University of Colorado School of Law consistently ranks as a top law school in U.S. News & World Report rankings. It is renowned for its influence in the 12-state Rocky Mountain region and for the strength of its environmental law program.[1]

History

Established in 1892, the University of Colorado School of Law is a charter member in the Association of American Law Schools and appeared in 1923 on American Bar Association's first ever publication of approved law schools. Although always located on the greater Boulder campus, the law school has occupied five buildings since its founding. For the first two years of its existence, the school was housed in the Kent building. From 1894 to 1909 the school occupied the Hale Law building. For the next fifty years, until 1959, the school occupied the Guggenheim Law building. From 1959 to 2005, the law school occupied the Fleming Law building. In the fall of 2005, the law school once again moved and now sits in the Wolf Law building.

The Wolf Law Building

By the late 1990s, the Law School had outgrown its current building. In 1997 law students voted to tax themselves with a $1000 per year tutition differential to help finance the building, but in 2001 the State of Colorado General Assembly recinded its earmarked funds from the project.[2] Facing the risk of accrediation loss, law students worked with campus leaders and successfully passed a $400 per year fee on all Boulder students to fund capital construction on Wolf Law and three other campus projects.[3] The Wolf Law Building was dedicated on September 8, 2006, by United States Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer. The dedication ceremony represented the end of a long and creative funding process for a public law school.

In addition to student funds, over $13 million in private gifts were donated to support the construction of the new law building. The Wolf family, in honor of Leon and Dora Wolf, were especially generous in their contribution to the new building that now bears the Wolf family name.

Joint Degree Programs at the University of Colorado School of Law

  • Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Public Affairs
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Science, Telecommunications
  • Juris Doctor/Master in Environmental Studies
  • Juris Doctor/Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Studies
  • Tax Emphasis Program

Publications at the University of Colorado School of Law

  • The University of Colorado Law Review
  • The Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy
  • The Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law

Centers at the University of Colorado School of Law

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