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The University of Colorado was founded in 1876 at the present Boulder campus. The Law School was established in 1892 and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. The school is national in its orientation, and graduates are academically qualified to take the bar examination in any of the 50 states, and the school has enjoyed the highest bar passage rate in the state.


Colorado's faculty is a diverse community of scholars who inspire the vigorous pursuit of ideas, critical analysis, and civic engagement in order to advance the rule of law in an open, sustainable society. The faculty has a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, research, and public service. Particular areas of strength include natural resources and environmental, American Indian, telecommunications, constitutional law, juvenile and family, energy, and criminal law.


A favorable faculty‑student ratio produces classes of a size that encourages discussion. Courses are offered in law and a wide range of law‑related subjects. Students are free to take almost all second‑ and third‑year courses as electives after a required first‑year curriculum. Emphasis in areas of curricular strength at the Law School, such as commercial law, natural resources and environmental law, or criminal law and procedure, is possible. The Law School offers several dual degree programs: Juris Doctor‑Master of Business Administration with the Leeds School of Business; Juris Doctor‑Master of Public Affairs with the Graduate School of Public Affairs on the Denver campus; Juris Doctor‑Master of Science in Telecommunications with the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Department; Juris Doctor‑Master of Science in Environmental Studies with the Environmental Studies Graduate Program, and Juris Doctor‑Master of Urban and Regional Planning with the College of Architecture and Planning.


The Law School developed one of the nation's first programs in clinical legal education. Since the inception of the clinic in 1948, the Law School's commitment to clinical education has grown in size and scope. Current clinic offerings include the Appellate Advocacy, Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Federal Civil Practice, Technology & Policy, Entrepreneurial Law, Juvenile and Family Law, American Indian Law, Natural Resources Litigation, and Wrongful Convictions Clinics. In addition to legal clinics, the Law School hosts four legal research centers: Natural Resources Law Center, Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law, Center for Energy and Environmental Security and the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship.


The Natural Resources Law Center is nationally recognized for its research and publications on natural resources and environmental issues. The Center's programmatic goal is to improve decision making that promotes the long‑term sustainability of the West's environment and communities. The Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law is named in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice and CU alumnus, enhances the study and teaching of constitutional law and to stimulate public debate and understanding of our constitutional system. The Center for Energy & Environmental Security is an interdisciplinary research and policy center that facilitates progress toward a global sustainable energy future through laws, policies, quality information, and technology solutions. Finally, the Silicon Flatirons Center was created to bring to campus individuals from legal, technical, and business backgrounds to learn about and discuss issues facing the telecommunications and information technology community.


The Law School maintains high standards of academic performance and admits only students ranking among the nation's best applicants. The small size of the Law School ‑ approximately 175 in each entering class ‑ and the large number of applicants require an extremely selective admissions process. First‑year students are admitted only in the fall semester and only as full‑time day students. They may not work during their critical first year of study. The Law School has no part‑time or evening division.


In evaluating applicants for admission, the Admissions Committee relies on the completed application form, the report of LSAT scores, and undergraduate GPA and transcripts received from LSDAS, as well as personal essays and recommendations from persons who have had an opportunity to observe the applicant's ability and performance. Typical classes have a median GPA of 3.6 and a median LSAT score of 163 (90th percentile); however, these scores are considered in the context of the entire application. Graduate level work is also considered. In the faculty's judgment, a diverse student body improves the overall educational experience.


Nonresident students may establish Colorado residency by maintaining their legal residence in Colorado for twelve consecutive months. Scholarships are available from Law School, state and private funds, and students may qualify for federal and private loan programs. Financial aid is available to resident and nonresident students.


The Law Library at the University of Colorado contains one of the best legal reference collections in the western United States. It consists of over 500,000 volumes and microform equivalents, including a comprehensive collection of case law from all jurisdictions, statutes of all states, and the major digests, encyclopedias, and texts dealing with American law. English, Canadian, and other Commonwealth materials are almost as complete. Selective foreign and international law holdings provide a basis for comparative law studies.


The Law School has an active Office of Career Development that provides personal and group career counseling to assist and prepare student alumni with decisions about career direction, legal employers, and alternatives to traditional legal careers. The office has developed and executed a sophisticated marketing and recruiting plan to entice legal employers to hire our students and graduates. Over 90% of all graduates are employed within nine months after graduation.



David H. Getches (303) 492‑3084

Admissions, Assistant Dean:

Kristine Jackson (303) 492‑7085


Cindy Gibbons (303) 492‑1865

Career Services, Assistant Dean:

Susan Clayton (303) 492‑5911

Development, Director:

Julie Levine (303) 735‑6196

Financial Aid:

Natalie High (303) 492‑0647

Law Library Director:

Barbara Bintliff (303) 492‑7534



DAVID HARDING GETCHES, (Dean, Raphael J. Moses Professor of Natural Resources Law), admitted to bar, 1968, California; 1973, District of Columbia; 1973, Colorado. Education: Occidental College (A.B., 1964); University of Southern California (J.D., 1967). COURSES: Environmental, Water, Indian Law. Email:

NORMAN F. AARONSON, (Professor Emeritus), admitted to bar, 1974, Colorado. Education: Brandeis University (B.A., 1967); Boston University (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Civil Practice, Evidence, Trial Advocacy. Email:


JOHN BRADLEY BERNTHAL, (Research Associate), born Mankato, Minnesota, January 8, 1971; admitted to bar, 2001, Colorado; 2002, California. Education: Kansas University (B.A., 1995); University of Colorado School of Law (J.D., 2001). COURSES: Telecommunications Law & Policy, Entrepreneurial Law. Email:


BARBARA ANN BINTLIFF, (Nicholas Rosenbaum Professor, Director of the Law Library), born Houston, Texas; admitted to bar, 1979, Washington; 1983, Colorado. Education: Central Washington University (B.A., 1975); University of Washington (J.D., 1978; M.L.L., 1979). COURSES: Advanced Legal Research, Legal History. Email:


WILLIAM BOYD, (Associate Professor of Law), born Columbia, South Carolina, June 17, 1967; admitted to bar, 2005, Maryland; 2006, District of Columbia. Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., 1989); University of California at Berkeley (M.A., 1994; Ph.D., 2002); Stanford Law School (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Environmental Law, Energy Law & Policy, Climate Change Law & Policy. Email:


ALICIA A. BRILLON, (Reference Librarian), admitted to bar, 1995, Washington. Education: University of Washington (B.A., 1989; M.L.I.S., 2006); Seattle University School of Law (J.D., 1995). Email:


GEORGIA K. BRISCOE, (Associate Director of the Law Library), Education: Washington State University (B.S., 1968); University of Michigan (A.M.L.S., 1974); University of San Diego (M.A., 1985 and 1989). Email:


HAROLD H. BRUFF, (Charles Inglis Thomson Professor), admitted to bar, 1969, California. Education: Williams College (B.A., 1965); Harvard (J.D., 1968). COURSES: Administrative Law. Email:


MAXINE A. BURKETT, (Associate Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 2005, Hawaii. Education: Williams College (B.A., 1998); University of California Berkeley School of Law (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Environmental Law, Critical Race Theory, Torts.


EMILY M. CALHOUN, (Professor of Law), Education: Texas Tech. University (B.A., 1967; M.A., 1968); University of Texas (J.D., 1971). COURSES: Civil Rights, Federal Courts, Torts. Email:


PAUL F. CAMPOS, (Professor of Law), Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1982; M.A., 1983; J.D., 1989). COURSES: Criminal Justice, Legislation, Property. Email:


ALAN (AL) J. CANNER, (Professor of Legal Writing), born Boston, Massachusetts, September 28, 1950; admitted to bar, 1987, Colorado. Education: Brandeis University (B.A., 1973); University of Colorado School of Law (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Education Law. Email:


DEBORAH J. CANTRELL, (Associate Professor & Director of Clinical Programs), born Boulder, Colorado, August 20, 1960; admitted to bar, 1989, California; 1996, New Mexico; 2001, Connecticut; 2007, Colorado. Education: Smith College (B.A., 1982); University of California at Los Angeles (M.A., 1986); University of Southern California (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Legal Ethics, Public Interest Law. Email:


RICHARD B. COLLINS, (Professor of Law, Director of the Byron White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law), admitted to bar, 1966, California; 1972, Arizona; 1973, New Mexico; 1976, Colorado. Education: Yale (B.A., 1960); Harvard (LL.B., 1966). COURSES: Property, Constitutional Law, American Indian Law, Local Government. Email:


JAMES N. CORBRIDGE, (Professor Emeritus), admitted to bar, 1964, New York; 1975, Colorado. Education: Brown University (A.B., 1955); Yale Law School (LL.B., 1963). COURSES: Property, Water Law, Natural Resources, Wills and Trusts. Email:


NESTOR DAVIDSON, (Associate Professor of Law), born Los Angeles, California, March 23, 1968; admitted to bar, 1999, New York; 2002, District of Columbia. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1990); Columbia University (J.D., 1997). COURSES: Property, Land Use. Email:


CATHARINE L. DUBOIS, (Instructor of Legal Writing), admitted to bar, 2002, Illinois; 2006, New York. Education: Indiana University (B.A., 1997); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2001). COURSES: Legal Writing, Negotiation. Email:


ANN ENGLAND, (Clinical Law Professor), born New Jersey, April 19, 1968; admitted to bar, 1995, Colorado. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1990); University of Denver (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Criminal Defense Clinic, Advanced Trial Advocacy. Email:


TED J. FIFLIS, (Professor of Law), Education: Northwestern University (B.S., 1954); Harvard University (LL.B., 1957). COURSES: Corporations, Securities Regulation, Accounting Issues of Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions, Responsibility of Advisors of Management, Mentors in Public Policy. Email:


PATRICK FURMAN, (Senior Instructor of Clinical Education), admitted to bar, 1980, Colorado. Education: University of Colorado (B.A., 1976); University of Colorado (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Evidence. Email:


WAYNE M. GAZUR, (Professor), admitted to bar, 1981, Colorado. Education: University of Wyoming (B.S., 1976); University of Colorado School of Law (J.D., 1981); University of Denver College of Law (LL.M., 1984). COURSES: Taxation. Email:


LAKSHMAN D. GURUSWAMY, (Professor of Law), Education: University of Ceylon (LL.B., 1962); University of Durham (Ph.D., 1977). COURSES: International Environmental, US Environmental, International. Email:


MELISSA HART, (Associate Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1996, Maryland; 1998, District of Columbia; 2002, Colorado. Education: Harvard College (B.A., 1991); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Employment Law, Civil Procedure, Employment Discrimination, Professional Responsibility. Email:


LOUISA M.A. HEINY, (Instructor of Legal Writing), born Colorado, August 8, 1972; admitted to bar, 2000, Colorado. Education: University of Colorado (B.A., 1995; J.D., 2000). COURSES: Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Criminal Procedure. Email:


DAVID S. HILL, (Professor Emeritus), admitted to bar, 1970, Nebraska and Minnesota. Education: University of Nebraska (B.S., 1967; J.D., 1970). COURSES: Property, Corporations. Email:


CLARE HUNTINGTON, (Associate Professor), born New York, New York, March 1, 1967; admitted to bar, 1997, New York; 1999, District of Columbia. Education: Oberlin College (B.A., 1990); Columbia Law School (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Family Law, Immigration. Email:


YUMIN JIANG, (Technical Services Librarian), Education: University of Wisconsin (M.A., 1995); University of Illinois, Urbana‑Champaign (M.S., 1997). Email:


SARAH A. KRAKOFF, (Associate Professor), Education: Yale University (B.A., 1986); University of California at Berkeley (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Indian Law, Civil Procedure, Public Lands, Natural Resources, Environmental Philosophy. Email:


MARK J. LOEWENSTEIN, (Professor of Law), born Chicago, Illinois, March 30, 1948; admitted to bar, 1974, Illinois; 1980, California and Colorado. Education: University of Illinois (A.B., 1969; J.D., 1974). COURSES: Corporations, Securities, Contracts. Email:


NATALIE MARIE MACK, (Instructor of Legal Writing), born Gainesville, Florida, December 2, 1960; admitted to bar, 2000, Colorado. Education: University of South Carolina (B.S., 1983); University of Colorado (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy. Email:


DAYNA BOWEN MATTHEW, (Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Professor), born New York, New York, October 6, 1959; admitted to bar, 1987, Virginia; 1996, Kentucky. Education: Harvard College (A.B., 1981); University of Virginia (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Health Law, Public Health Law, Evidence, Civil Procedure. Email:


SCOTT A. MOSS, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1999, New York. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 1995; M.A., 1995); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Employment Law, Constitutional Law, Law & Economics, Employment Discrimination. Email:


CHRISTOPHER B. MUELLER, (Henry S. Lindsley Professor of Procedure and Advocacy), admitted to bar, 1970, California; 1986, Colorado. Education: Haverford College (B.A., 1966); University of California (Boalt) (J.D., 1969). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Complex Civil Litigation. Email:


ROBERT F. NAGEL, (Ira C. Rothgerber, Jr. Prof. of Constitutional Law), admitted to bar, 1972, Pennsylvania; 1982, Colorado. Education: Swarthmore College (B.A., 1968); Yale University (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Constitutional Law. Email:


HELEN L. NORTON, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1989, California; 1997, District of Columbia; 2002, Maryland. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 1986); Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection Law, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, General Civil Litigation Clinic, Constitutional Law, Torts. Email:


PAUL K. OHM, (Associate Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1999, California. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1994; B.S., 1994); University of California at Los Angeles School of Law (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Computer Crime Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Privacy Law, Cyberlaw, Communications Law, Evidence, Legislation, Federal Courts, Intellectual Property.


ALAN K. PANNELL, (Instructor & Reference Librarian), admitted to bar, 1995, New Mexico. Education: University of Oklahoma (B.A., 1990); University of Arizona (M.A., 2005); Western New England College School of Law (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Legal Research. Email:


SCOTT R. PEPPET, (Associate Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1996, Massachusetts. Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1991); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Contracts, Professional Responsibility. Email:


WILLIAM T. PIZZI, (Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1971, New Jersey; 1981, Colorado. Education: Holy Cross College (B.A., 1965); University of Massachusetts (M.A. 1971); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1971). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility. Email:


CAROLYN RAMSEY, (Associate Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1998, California. Education: University of California‑Irvine (B.A., 1990); Stanford University (A.M., 1991); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Criminal Law, Legal History, Women and the Law, Criminal Procedure. Email:


COLENE FLYNN ROBINSON, (Instructor of Clinical Education), born Chicago, Illinois, April 2, 1970; admitted to bar, 1998, New York and California; 2002, Colorado. Education: Miami University (B. Phil., 1992); Yale University (1997); Loyola University (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Juvenile Law, Trial Advocacy. Email:


PIERRE SCHLAG, (Byron White Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1983, District of Columbia. Education: Yale (B.A., 1975); UCLA School of Law (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, Torts. Email:


AMY J. SCHMITZ, (Associate Professor of Law), born Racine, Wisconsin, April 28, 1970; admitted to bar, 1995, Minnesota; 1999, Washington. Education: Drake University (B.A., 1992); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Commercial Law, Contracts, Commercial Arbitration, Secured Transactions. Email:


ANDREW SCHWARTZ, (Associate Professor of Law), born Bronx, New York, September 17, 1976; admitted to bar, 2002, New York. Education: Brown University (Sc.B., 1998); Columbia University (J.D., 2001). COURSES: Contracts, Corporations, Business Law. Email:


KAREN E. SELDEN, (Catalog Librarian), Education: Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 1984); Simmons College (M.L.S., 1995). Email:


LAURA M. SPITZ, (Associate Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1995, British Columbia. Education: University of Toronto (B.A., 1989); University of British Columbia (LL.B, 1993). COURSES: Bankruptcy, Contracts, International Business Transactions.


MARK S. SQUILLACE, (Director, Natural Resources Law Center and Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1978, Utah; 1989, Wyoming. Education: Michigan State University (B.S., 1974); University of Utah College of Law (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Natural Resources, Torts, Water Rights.


GABRIELLE MARKS STAFFORD, (Director of Moot Courts and Instructor of Legal Writing), admitted to bar, 1991, New Mexico; 1995, U.S. Court of Appeals for 10th Circuit. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1984); Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Law and Literature. Email:


TODD MICHAEL STAFFORD, (Director of Legal Writing and Instructor of Legal Writing), admitted to bar, 1992, New Mexico; 1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1999, Illinois & Colorado. Education: Southern Methodist University (B.A., 1989); Duke University (J.D., 1992). COURSES: Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Class and Law, Professional Responsibility. Email:


NORTON L. STEUBEN, (Nicholas Rosenbaum Professor Emeritus), admitted to bar, 1962, New York; 1975, Colorado. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1958; J.D., 1961). COURSES: Taxation, Real Estate. Email:


HARRY SURDEN, (Associate Professor of Law), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 12, 1973; admitted to bar, 2005, California. Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1995); Stanford Law School (J.D., 2005). COURSES: IP (Patents, Copyright), Torts, Computers & Law. Email:


JANE E. THOMPSON, (Assistant Director for Faculty Services Law Library), Education: University of Missouri (B.A., 1977); University of Denver (M.A., 1978, J.D., 1984). COURSES: Legal Research. Email:


JILL E. TOMPKINS, (Director, Indian Law Clinic and Senior Instructor of Clinical Education), born Saugerties, June 20, 1963; admitted to bar, 1989, Maine; 1997, Connecticut; 2002, Colorado. Education: The King's College (B.A., 1985); University of Maine School of Law (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Indian Law, Clinical Legal Education, Tribal Courts. Email:


LORENZO TRUJILLO, (Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Professional Programs and Professor Attendant), admitted to bar, 1994, Colorado. Education: University of Colorado at Denver (B.A., 1972); University of Colorado, Boulder (M.A., 1974; J.D., 1993); University of San Francisco (Ed.D., 1979). COURSES: Externship Programs, Spanish for Family Law Practice. Email:


MICHAEL J. WAGGONER, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1968, District of Columbia. Education: Stanford University (A.B., 1964); Harvard (LL.B., 1967). COURSES: Tax, Civil Procedure. Email:


PHILIP J. WEISER, (Professor of Law, Exec. Dir. Silicon Flatirons Telecom Program), admitted to bar, 1995, New York. Education: Swarthmore College (B.A., 1990); New York University (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Telecommunications, Antitrust, Intellectual Property, Constitutional Law. Email:


MARIANNE WESSON, (Professor of Law, President's Teaching Scholar, Senior Scholar, Women Studies Program, and Wolf‑Nichol Fellow), admitted to bar, 1974, Texas; 1977, Colorado; 1999 U.S. Supreme Court. Education: Vassar College (A.B., 1970); University of Texas (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Criminal Law, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Law and Literature. Email: marianne‑


AHMED A. WHITE, (Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Research), admitted to bar, 1999, Louisiana. Education: Southern University (B.A., 1991); Yale (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Labor and Employment, Criminal. Email:


CHARLES F. WILKINSON, (Distinguished University Professor and Moses Lasky Professor of Law), Education: Denison University (B.A., 1963); Stanford University (LL.B., 1966). COURSES: Public Land Law, Indian Law, Water Law, Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Constitutional Law. Email: