preLaw - Spring 2017 - 21
"Our spectacular setting in the northern
Rockies distinguishes us from almost every
other law school in the nation," said Dean
Paul Kirgis. "Missoula offers an exceptional
quality of life, and more importantly for
our students, a multitude of opportunities
for place-based learning in our core areas of
Natural Resources, Environmental Law and
Two of the top cities for millennials - that's
you, right? - are in the West, and they both
happen to have law schools.
Seattle is home to both University of
Washington and Seattle University School
of Law, a private school with Jesuit roots.
With 654 students, Seattle University is
larger than its neighbor, and it's known for
its top-ranked legal writing program, which
is integrated into clinics so students can see
how crucial this skill is.
"Why is legal writing so important?" asks
Dean Annette Clark. "Because that is the
day-in, day-out work of a lawyer. It might
not be obvious from TV or movies, but any
attorney practicing in real life will tell you
that lawyers write for a living. The faculty
devotes considerable time, one-on-one, to
helping students hone their skills."
The school's career services counselors
meet with every student - a labor-intensive
and individualized process. This stems from
the Jesuit ethos of educating the whole student and the recognition that each student
is unique with his or her own personal,
academic and career paths.
Plus, the school's satellite campus in
Anchorage, Alaska, welcomes third-year and
summer students. Alaska is the only state
without its own law school.
Denver is another hot hub for young
adults. It's beautiful, dynamic, economically
thriving, and it's where you'll find University
of Denver Sturm College of Law.
"Denver is the home to leading national
and regional law firms, a major federal governmental employer, the seat of state government and the leading city in Colorado
- a state with industry prominence in
sports and recreation, financial services,
natural resources, telecommunications
and innovation," said Dean Bruce Smith.
"Denver Law capitalizes on those placement
opportunities through a curriculum that
We Are Denver's Law School
Top 100 U.S. law school
with 5 Top 25 Specialty
Programs (U.S. News)
First U.S. law school building
to be LEED-certified "green"
(U.S. Green Building Council)
Curriculum offers extensive
practical skills training
Colorado Ranked #1 in
U.S. for Economy and #2
for Job Growth (U.S. News)