University of Colorado Boulder LLM

University of Colorado Boulder LLM Programs

The University of Colorado Boulder LLM Programs must be completed on a full-time study basis within the span of 12 months, from fall to spring. Program size is limited to 12 students in each track. All foreign law graduates are required to take the courses Introduction to the American Legal System and Introduction to American Legal Research, Reasoning, and Writing.

The University of Colorado Boulder offers three specialized LLM Programs: Entrepreneurial Law, Information Technology & Intellectual Property Law, and Natural Resources Law.

University of Colorado Boulder LLM in Entrepreneurial Law

The University of Colorado Boulder LLM in Entrepreneurial Law has been lauded as one of the few unique programs of its kind in the country. The goal of the LLM in Entrepreneurial Law program is to prepare lawyers for dual roles as in-house and outside counsel to emerging companies, so that they understand the legal and business needs of a growing and innovative business in a shifting environment. Colorado is home to many emerging tech companies and startups, which makes it an ideal location to study the arena, and the University of Colorado Boulder offers many extracurricular supplements to academic study, such as the Annual Entrepreneurial Law Conference, New Technology Meet Ups, Q&A’s (Question and Answer sessions) with entrepreneurs, Crash Courses taught by entrepreneurs, a New Venture Challenge, and the Colorado Law Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. The LLM in Entrepreneurial Law is ideal for business lawyers who want to further specialize, attorneys entering the field of business law, international lawyers, government officials, and corporate officers who wish to gain familiarity with the entrepreneurial system of the U.S., and JD graduates who want to focus on entrepreneurial law and expand their business law network and education.

To receive the degree, students are required to complete 26 credit hours of courses in the entrepreneurship area, including capstones, which can be an internship, participation the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, or an independent legal research project. Course offerings include Business Planning, Business Transactions, Securities Regulation, Legal Negotiation, Venture Capital and Private Equity, Employment Law, Agency, Partnership, and the LLC, Deals, Corporate Taxation, Intellectual Property and Business Licensing, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Reorganizations, International Business Transactions, Securities Litigation and Enforcement, Counseling Families in Business, Survey of Business Enterprise Taxation, and Taxation of Conduit Entities.

University of Colorado Boulder LLM in Information Technology & Intellectual Property Law

The University of Colorado Boulder LLM in Information Technology & Intellectual Property Law is designed to familiarize students with the range of issues they are likely to face in transactional practice, including copyright, patent, trademark, telecommunications, computer law, and information privacy. LLMs may supplement their classroom study with faculty-supervised research, the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, and internships, extracurriculars, and networking with large telecommunications companies in the local area, such as DirecTV and DISH Network.

Completion of the degree requires 26 credit hours in Intellectual Property and technology courses, including capstones. Capstones may be fulfilled as an internship, an Advanced Thesis Writing Seminar, or by participation in the Technology Law & Policy Clinic. Course offerings include Bioethics and Law, Patent Litigation, Information Privacy, Computer Crime, Applied Network Security, Law and Economics of the Information Age, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, and Standards & Standardization Wars. Students may pursue Concentrations in Cybersecurity, Intellectual Property, or Privacy.

University of Colorado Boulder LLM in Natural Resources Law

The University of Colorado Boulder LLM in Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment is regarded as one of the best environmental law programs in the United States. The University of Colorado Boulder is also situated in an optimal geographic location for environmental study, as the nearby Rocky Mountains are home to a wide array of wildlife, mineral resources, renewable energy resources of wind and solar energy, and public lands owned by the state, local, and federal governments. Students can specialize their academic study and pursue Concentrations in topic areas of Climate, Energy, Natural Resources, Public Lands, Tribal Resources, or Water.

The program is ideal for U.S. and international law graduates who want to specialize in natural resources law, attorneys already practicing or wishing to transition into the area, lawyers or graduates who hope to teach natural resources law, and foreign law graduates who wish to gain familiarity with the U.S. legal system’s governance of natural resources. Students will have the opportunity to supplement their academics with research, experiential learning, networking, and extracurriculars. Upon completion of the program, LLMs will have a deep and comprehensive knowledge of the natural resources law field and will be prepared to work for nonprofits, governments, universities, or law firms.

University of Colorado Boulder LLM Admissions

The application period for the University of Colorado Boulder LLM program runs from October 1 to April 1. To apply for the University of Colorado Boulder LLM programs, applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Application submitted through LSAC
  • Official academic transcripts from all attended colleges, universities, and graduate schools
  • Document translations and evaluations if applicable
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (minimum TOEFL 100 Internet-based, 250 computer-based, and 600 paper-based, or 6.0 IELTS)
  • $65 application fee

Additionally, applicants may be called for a possible Skype interview with the admissions committee.

University of Colorado Boulder LLM Tuition

Check the school website for University of Colorado Boulder LLM tuition. Tuition rates differ for out-of-state students versus in-state residents of Colorado.

University of Colorado Boulder LLM Scholarships

The University of Colorado Boulder Law School does not offer financial assistance to LLM students. For more information about outside scholarships, visit our LLM Scholarshipspage.

University of Colorado Boulder LLM Employment

From 2004-2012, students and graduates of the Colorado Boulder Law School have been hired as interns or for full-time positions at the following employers:

In-house Business Law
Avaya Technologies
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation
CableLabs
Camco International
Conoco Philips
Coors
Crocs
Dish
EchoStar Technologies
Elephant Energy
Flextronics
GE Access
Intrado
Level 3 Communications
Lijit
Newton Running Company
Noodles & Company
Sun Microsystems
Telesis Corporation
TriZetto
Viero Wireless
Zayo

Business Law and Licensing
CU-Boulder, Technology Transfer Office

Law Firms
Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason, P.C.
Bryan Cave
Cooley Godward Kronish
Davis Graham & Stubbs
Faegre Baker Daniels
Holland & Hart
Holme Roberts & Owen
Hogan Lovells
Kamlet Sheppard & Reichert
Lathrop & Gage
Patton Boggs
Setter Roche
Sheridan Rosse
Snell & Wilmer
Stoel Rives
Swanson & Bratschun, L.L.C.
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
Wilkenson Barker Knauer

Venture Capital Firm
Foundry Group

Private Equity Firm
Grey Mountain Partners

Start-Up “Accelerator”
TechStars

The resources and advice of Colorado Law’s Career Development Office are also open to LLM students.

University of Colorado Boulder LLM Contact

To learn more about specific University of Colorado Boulder LLM programs, contact the Directors of each program, below:

Director of the LLM in Entrepreneurial Law Program: Professor J. Brad Bernthal
Associate Professor of Law
Technology Policy, Entrepreneurial Law University of Colorado Law School
105R Wolf Law Building
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Phone: (303) 492-0610
E-mail: brad.bernthal@colorado.edu

Director of the LLM in Natural Resources Law Program: Professor Charles Wilkinson
Distinguished Professor, Moses Lasky Professor of Law
History and Society in the American West; Indian Law; Public Land Law; Water LawUniversity of Colorado Law School
405 Wolf Law Building
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Phone: (303) 492-8262
E-mail: fore.wilkinson@colorado.edu

Director of the LLM in IT & IP Program: Professor Paul Ohm
Associate Professor of Law
Computer Crime Law, Information Privacy, Criminal Procedure, Intellectual PropertyUniversity of Colorado Law School
433 Wolf Law Building
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Phone: (303) 492-0384
E-mail: paul.ohm@colorado.edu

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