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Mini Law School: Now You Can Get a Mini Degree for $35

By Andrew Lu on October 01, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

If you want to know what lawyers do and how they think without shelling out the big bucks to go to law school, enrolling in the University of Colorado's "Mini Law School" may be the answer for you.

The mini law school is based on the university's popular mini med school that has been going on for the past 25 years.

Students of the mini law school will learn about the law and is designed to help them navigate the basics of the legal system, reports the Colorado Daily. But is the mini law school worth your money?

Attending real law school can cost you roughly $35,000 a year not to mention the costs for books, housing, and other expenses. Colorado's mini law school will only set you back $35 for the entire fall semester.

For your money, you get to attend seven one-and-a-half-hour weekly sessions intended to demystify the legal profession, reports the Daily. Topics covered include constitutional law, litigation, environmental law, estate planning, business law, and contracts. For $5 a lecture, this mini law school could actually be considered a bargain.

Just keep in mind that you won't graduate your mini law school and be as legally sharp as Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In fact, you won't even be Johnny Cochran. Instead, you'll just have some better (more realistic) understanding regarding what lawyers do. You may also gain a better idea of whether you really want to attend law school (not the mini one).

So is the mini law school worth it? If you live in Boulder and are curious about the law or are an undergraduate at the university and considering attending law school, there may be no better way to spend $35.

But if you live out of state and are hoping for a mini law degree or are looking for a course to sharpen your litigation skills, this course is not for you.

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