CU Law Profiles
Alumnus Profile

Lucienne Boyd

Class of 2007





Santa Fe, New Mexico

Family Status


Undergraduate Institutions and Degrees

B.A. University of Puget Sound, Political Science & Spanish 2001

What were you doing before you came to the University of Colorado Law School?

Waitress. 3 years at the Cheesecake Factory in Denver

What is one interesting, fun, or offbeat thing you have done in your lifetime?

I traveled around Turkey and helped film a documentary.

About Boulder

Where do you live now (e.g., Boulder, Denver, etc.)?


Why did you choose to live there?

Friends and family. I also prefer the bigger city and I wanted to stay away from the college town scene.

What piece of advice would you give a student about moving to Boulder?

Get used to riding the bus. Boulder/Denver area has a very good bus system and you'll save a lot of money.

What do you like most about where you live?

The bar scene. Spending time with people who aren't law students.

What do you like least about where you live?

The commute. If you decide to live in Denver, make sure that you live close to the bus line. The Boulder bus is easy, quick and free.

Favorite Place To Eat Out in Boulder

My favorite restaurant is Illegal Pete's (preferrably the one in Denver) or the Keg (also in Denver).

About CU Law School

What piece of advice would you give a student about surviving being a 1L?

Perspective. Remind yourself that it's an accomplishment to be here. There's life outside of law school.

What piece of advice would you give a student about getting the most out of law school?

Get involved. It's the best way to meet people in your classs, other classes and other schools as well as judges and practitioners.

About Choosing A Law School

Why did you want to go to law school in general?

First, because I love academics but I also wanted to learn a trade. Second, because knowledge of the law is empowering. Third, because I like wearing professional attire and I want my own office some day.

What made you decide to come to the University of Colorado School of Law specifically?

I love Colorado. Also, CU is a bargain.

What do you like most about attending the University of Colorado School of Law?

The faculty. I have been impressed with every professor that I've had. Also, the small class size. Everyone knows each other.

What area of law do you want to practice, and why?

Not certain. I like being in the court room but I'm also interested in alternative dispute resolution.

What piece of advice would you give a prospective student about choosing a law school?

Location was really important to me but I think it's essential to evaluate the student body and decide if they are the type of people with whom you will be friends.

About Financial Assistance

Did you receive any financial aid, private loans, scholarships, or fellowships, and could you describe them?

I have federal loans as well as an Alternative Law Loan because my expenses are a little higher than the allowance. In addition, I was awarded the Daniel Barash Scholarship, which is designated for students participating in a criminal clinic and intending to work for the Colorado Office of the State Public Defender or other indigent defense services provider.

What advice would you give a prospective student about how to get financial aid or how to understand the system?

The best advice I can give is to start budgeting. You don't want to be worried about money at the end of the semester.

About the Law School Curriculum

What first year courses did you have?

Contracts -- Peppet
Property -- Hill
Torts -- Schlag
Civil Procedure -- Mueller

What was your favorite Law School class? Why?

Contracts (Peppet). The reasoning behind contract law seemed more rational than other subjects, particularly property which is ridiculously antiquated. Also, Prof. Peppet made the class fun.

What student organizations have you been involved with at the Law School?

Class Officer-Secretary: Halloween party for the children of faculty, staff and students. Social events. Fund raising. I have been particularly involved in communicating with the class about important changes at the law school.

DU/CU Cup second place team--Mock trial competition. We were finalist and then lost to the DU team.

Death Penalty Project-researching and analyzing capital cases for the Public Defender's office.

National Lawyers Guild--I went to their national conference in Birmingham, AL.

Women's Law Caucas--helping with Women in Law Day (WILD).


Is there anything else you would like to add?

I love law school (I promise I'm not exaggerating) and I don't mind talking to anyone who has any questions.