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Lessons learned from Externships at Denver Law: “When you are working in a real law office, you see what lawyers do.”

Lessons learned from Externships at Denver Law: “When you are working in a real law office, you see what lawyers do.”

For Tyler Geisert, ’13, legal education that began in the classroom really took off once he ventured into the real world of law. His three externships placed him in the area of law he suspected he would like – environmental and natural resources – and eventually led to the employment he will begin later this […]


The Water Law Review: One way to make the most out of law school

The Water Law Review: One way to make the most out of law school

“Law school is what you make of it,” says 2013 Denver Law grad Allison Altaras. She centered her legal education around her participation on the University of Denver Water Law Review (WLR), for seventeen years a go-to source for scholars and attorneys writing and practicing in this specialized, technical, and extremely important area of the […]


Externships: “Essential to my formation as a lawyer”

Externships: "Essential to my formation as a lawyer"

By the time Elisabeth Hutchinson graduated from Denver Law in May of 2013, she had completed seven externships in three years. Four were for credit, and she completed three as a volunteer. She worked in three federal government agencies, in two Colorado courts, for a Colorado state senator, and – her first externship, completed in […]


Learning to Practice Law in the Environmental Law Clinic: Two Students Relate Their Experiences

Learning to Practice Law in the Environmental Law Clinic: Two Students Relate Their Experiences

Denver Law student lawyers in the Environmental Law Clinic (ELC) take on tough cases. And alongside important legal victories, they come away with skills gained and confidence inspired by the valuable experience clinic participation offers. Sarah Barth and Jenni Barnes, both recent graduates, spent the 2012-13 academic year practicing law under the tutelage and mentorship […]


Denver Law to launch new EXPERIENTIAL ADVANTAGE CURRICULUM

In the fall of 2013, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law will launch its new Experiential Advantage Curriculum™, which will allow students to spend a full year of their law school career in real or simulated practice settings. By the time they graduate, students will have a year’s worth of legal practice experience. “Denver Law […]


Nanda Center hosts 45th Annual Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium on “Approaching the Limits of Growth in the 21st Century”

Nanda Center hosts 45th Annual Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium on "Approaching the Limits of Growth in the 21st Century"

Register Here. Date: Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 8:00am – 5:00pm Location: Ricketson Law Building Room 165 with reception to follow in the Forum In today’s world we aspire to foster economic growth and to achieve sustainability. But are these two goals compatible? In light of the shortcomings of the Rio + 20 Earth Summit, […]


Law School enters agreement with the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Law School enters agreement with the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

  The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is privileged to announce that its International Criminal Law Practicum has entered into an unique agreement with the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to provide analysis and research in compliance with the ECCC Internal Rules. The Trial Chamber is […]


Administrative Law Judge Lisa Klein helps Denver Law students understand the law in context

Administrative Law Judge Lisa Klein helps Denver Law students understand the law in context

Professor Nantiya Ruan is faculty director of Denver Law’s Workplace Law Program. On Tuesday, September 26, students in her Poverty Law & Low Wage Work in America course learned about unemployment insurance hearings and appeals from Administrative Law Judge Lisa Klein (pictured front row, fourth from the right). Judge Klein, who joined the Colorado Department […]


Mike Harris: “I am proud we can offer DU students these learning experiences in a clinical setting.”

Mike Harris: "I am proud we can offer DU students these learning experiences in a clinical setting."

Jenni Barnes, ’13, Environmental Law Clinic (ELC) student-lawyer (fourth from right, bottom row, below), represented WildEarth Guardians, a wildlife advocacy group, in arguments before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on September 20, 2012. The organization is suing the National Park Service, challenging its elk-control plan in Rocky Mountain National Park. Under that plan, sharpshooters […]


A Lesson on Legal Professionalism: “The level of misconduct we found was astonishing”

A Lesson on Legal Professionalism: "The level of misconduct we found was astonishing"

One hundred and twenty-five students packed a Denver Law classroom for a noon lecture on August 30, 2012, by John Gleason, a Colorado attorney who in 2010 investigated complaints of prosecutorial misconduct against Maricopa County (AZ) County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Gleason, an adjunct professor Denver Law teaching Legal Profession, is Regulation Counsel for the Colorado […]


Workplace Law at Denver Law Embraces “Carnegie Integrated Courses”

Workplace Law faculty members at Denver Law are developing and writing about “Carnegie Integrated Courses,” which add concepts and exercises that foster lawyering skills and professional identity to standard doctrinal courses taught from the podium. Roberto Corrada, holder of the Sturm College of Law Chair in Modern Learning, is recognized for his labor law course, […]


On the Value of Practicums

February 2012: A story on Denver Law’s Discovery Practicum from The Docket, published by the Denver Bar Association. “…most students are never exposed to the concept of redacting documents for privilege or constructing a privilege log. The practicum provided me not only a roadmap of the basics of how to navigate discovery rules but also […]


The Case for Practical Legal Education

Dean Marty Katz recently penned a community-wide response to a recent article in the New York Times by David Segal (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/business/after-law-school-associates-learn-to-be-lawyers.html?_r=1&ref=davidsegal). In the article, Segal points to a lack of “practical training” in current law school curriculums.  Says Segal: “Law schools have long emphasized the theoretical over the useful, with classes that are often overstuffed with antiquated distinctions, like the variety […]


“Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers” Will Change How Law Students Are Trained

Denver, Colo. – The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the University of Denver today launches a unique, national initiative to change the way law schools educate students. “Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers” provides a platform to encourage law schools in the U.S. to showcase innovative teaching to produce more practice-ready lawyers […]


Recent Sturm College of Law International Legal Studies Program Grad Credits War Crimes Class for Once-in-a-Lifetime Internship

Recent Sturm College of Law International Legal Studies Program Grad Credits War Crimes Class for Once-in-a-Lifetime Internship

My name is Kate Campbell.  I am a recent grad of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and its International Legal Studies Program.  I’d love to take this opportunity to tell you about my current internship and how my participation in Professor David Akerson’s War Crimes Practicum led to this exciting opportunity.   On […]


3L Dan Snare learns litigation skills

3L Dan Snare learns litigation skills

Dan Snare entered the Sturm College of Law with an undergraduate business degree and several years’ experience working in real estate as an assistant escrow officer. He figured the future would find him practicing transactional law. Now, one semester from graduating in December, he knows he will be a litigator. What changed Dan’s mind was […]


People who make a difference: Dean Marty Katz featured in Comcast Newsmakers series

  Denver Law Dean and Professor Marty Katz discusses significant changes in the legal profession and how competition (clients seeking the best attorney for their particular case/issue, aka “shopping around”)–and value (looking for the best attorney at the best price) are driving the legal marketplace.   http://www.law.du.edu/index.php/news/details/Comcast-Newsmakers-Dean-Katz-speaks-on-the-state-of-the-legal-profession-/


New Community Economic Development Clinic debuts this fall

New Community Economic Development Clinic debuts this fall

Beginning fall semester 2011, Denver Law’s new Community Economic Development (CED) Clinic will take its place alongside existing clinics at Sturm College of Law.  Among these providers of experiential learning, the CED Clinic provides a new twist: transactional lawyering. Under the tutelage of Professor Patience Crowder and Whiting Clinical Fellow Eric Franklin, student lawyers in […]


International Legal Studies Program Year in Review

International Legal Studies Program Year in Review

In light of the May 1st launch of the DU Strategic Plan Blog and April 28th 2010/11 Academic Year End, I’d like to take this opportunity to provide you with a “Year In Review” of the  International Legal Studies Program. In August of 2010, one week before the start of the Fall 2010/11 semester, the Ved Nanda […]


The Modern Learning Initiative

In today’s legal market, we must strive to graduate students who are practice-ready, rather than students who will need to learn essential skills on the job. By a practice-ready student, we mean one who has attained entry level proficiency in a significant number of important professional skills. There are some skills lawyers must learn on […]


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