Colorado Law School Personal Statement

The below checklist and components are for the JD program application only. For additional FAQs on the LSAT, how we evaluate applications, scholarship opportunities and more please see our FAQ website.

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JD Checklist

  1. Register for the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and pay all appropriate fees
  2. Register, prepare for, and take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
  3. Submit all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts to LSAC
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation to LSAC
  5. Submit your application, personal statement and resume electronically through LSAC
  6. Submit the In-State Tuition Classification Application to apply for in-state tuition if you believe you qualify. Even if you are already a Colorado resident you must submit this form to show documentation of your Colorado residency.
  7. Pay the $65 application fee
  8. Check the status of your application online

The Law School Admission Council provides additional resources on navigating the application process.

JD Application Components 

Our application will open in early October 2017. All applicants must apply electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). We admit students on a rolling basis until the application closes March 15, 2018.

We require a resume to be submitted electronically through LSAC as part of your electronic application. We do not require any specific formatting; however, we suggest you spend ample time preparing a well-organized, easy to read resume.

Personal Statement
The personal statement requirement provides you an opportunity to present yourself to the Admissions Committee. It is to be submitted with your electronic LSAC application. The personal statement for fall 2018 is below. Your essay must be in your own words, double-spaced, and should not exceed 1,000 words. Supported file formats include: doc, htm, html, txt, PDF, wp, wpd, rtf, wps, wpt and docx.

Personal Statement Prompt for 2018
At Colorado Law, we seek students who advance our core values of character, diversity, leadership, and commitment to service.
Part 1: Explain how you can contribute to these goals. You may also discuss any other factors that you think may assist the Admission Committee's evaluation of your application, such as: background information; experiences, talents or special interests; adversities you have overcome; and your reasons for applying to law school.

Part 2: (Optional): In considering applicants for scholarship awards, Colorado Law considers not only academic merit, but also economic need and obstacles, personal background, and a wide variety of individual qualities, so you may submit a statement of up to 500 words on any one or more of the following: (a) aspects of your upbringing, life experiences, work or service experiences, or education that you believe set you apart from most law school applicants; (b) economic disadvantage or other obstacles you have overcome in pursuing your education or career thus far and in applying to law school; (c) how you think you will contribute to society with your law degree; and/or (d) your financial need for increased money to fund your legal education.


Attach electronically any addenda following the personal statement. Clearly label the top of the document as "Additional Information."

All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test. Please see our LSAT FAQs for additional information. 

Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
You must register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) as part of your LSAC application. Applicants must submit all post-high-school institution transcripts directly to LSAC. This obviates the need for applicants to submit transcripts to every law school to which they apply.

The CAS provides us with your Law School Report, which contains LSAT scores, letters of recommendation, a summary of undergraduate grades by year, a cumulative grade point average, and copies of all transcripts.

Recommendation Letters
We require two letters of recommendation and we will not accept more than four. We strongly recommend that one letter of recommendation come from an academic source.

Character and Fitness Questions
For additional information and commonly asked questions, please see our character and fitness website.

All applicants who wish to qualify for in-state tuition must submit the In-State Tuition Classification Application. Even if you are already a Colorado resident you must submit this form to show documentation of your Colorado residency. For more information see our Residency website.

JD Application FAQs

When does the application open and close for the fall 2018 JD program at Colorado Law?

Our application opens in early October 2017 and is available at We admit students on a rolling basis until the application closes March 15, 2018.

Do you have an early decision process?

We do not have an early decision or early action process. We admit students on a rolling basis until the application deadline, or until our class is full.

How many applications does your school receive each year? How many students are typically enrolled?

We receieved over 3,100 applications for the last two admissions cycles. We typically enroll 160-180 students in the entering class. Our entering class data for the Class of 2019 outlines class demographics in more detail.

Do you allow formal interviews with the admissions committee?

Each year, the Admissions Committee selects a handful of applicants to interview. This is an internal process, and you will be contacted directly if we want to conduct an interview.

When can I expect to receive a decision on my application?

The Admissions Committee begins reviewing completed applications in early October. We notify applicants by email regarding the Committee's decision on a rolling basis. We only mail letters to applicants whom we admit. If you receive a thin envelope from us, open it - it contains good news!

Do you have a waitlist?
We establish a waitlist beginning in the fall and notify those who are listed. The waitlist is not ranked. The waitlist is reviewed periodically on an as-needed basis. Applicants are notified if there is any change in decision.

Do you offer deferred admission?
We grant deferrals on a case-by-case basis, particularly for active duty military, Teach for America, and Peace Corps service. Admitted applicants who need to defer their entrance into Colorado Law should email the Assistant Dean of Admissions at  to discuss their situation. 

How do I reapply?
Applicants who decline an offer of admission or were not offered admission may reapply through LSAC. Your reapplication should include: submission of a new application, application fee, a valid LSAT and updated Law School Report, personal essay, and recommendations. Your retained application and all supporting documents will be included in your new application for admission, but we suggest that you update your application with a new essay, resume, and letter(s) of recommendation.

Our inspiring location is unparalleled among law schools. Denver-Boulder is one of the nation's top metro areas: 

  • #1 Happiest City in the U.S. - National Geographic (2017)
  • #2 The Best College Towns to Live In - SmartAsset, September 2016
  • #1The Healthiest Cities in America - Niche, August 2016
  • #2 Most Educated Metro Areas in the Nation - ValuePenguin, March 2016
  • #1 The 10 Most Active Cities in U.S. - trulia, February 2016
  • #1 The Best Cities for Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts - Storage, Nov. 3, 2015
  • #1 The Top 10 Metro Areas for Female EntrepreneurshipFast Company, Oct. 26, 2015
  • #1 The Best Housing Markets for Growth and Stability -SmartAsset , July 8, 2015
  • #1 The Most Fitness-Friendly Cities in America -Huffpost Healthy Living , July 2, 2015
  • Metro area population of over 3.1 million (16th largest)
  • Extensive cultural offerings, from ballet to professional sports

Our students are talented, hard-working, service-oriented leaders.

  • Class of 2020: 161 median LSAT score and 3.65 median GPA 
  • 98% of 1L students, and 93% of 2L students, worked in substantive legal summer jobs in 2017
  • 7,478 hours of public service work volunteered by the class of 2017

Our nationally recognized programs prepare students for success.

  • #6 Environmental Law (2017), U.S. News & World Report
  • Students gain exposure, connections, experience, and leads on jobs through our centers and programs
  • Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship hosted 48 conferences, roundtables, and other events; published eleven reports; and hosted 4 distinct summer programs for students in the technology world in 2015-16 academic year
  • Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment convenes national thought-leaders from public and private sectors
  • Byron White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law, the cornerstone of our public service program, hosted U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2012), Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (2013), Justice Antonin Scalia (2014), and Justice Sotomayor (2016)

We are a leader and innovator in developing legal professionals.

We are a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive community.

  • 40+ active student organizations
  • 7,000+ living alumni spread across every state and 5 continents
  • Our students enjoy helping each other succeed
  • Our 9.96:1 faculty/student ratio

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.


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