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University of Wyoming College of Law

The primary mission of the college is to provide a high quality legal education to its students. We also work to serve the legal profession and the public, and to enhance our own professional competence and development through the production of high-quality legal scholarship. We provide law-related educational and other services to the Bar, the University community and the general public. Our limited student body of approximately 225 students creates a favorable student-faculty ratio that promotes student access to faculty, small classes, personalized instruction, and a diverse curriculum.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 229
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 149 - 156
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.16 - 3.58
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 71.44%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 79.0%
In State Tuition $13,428
Out of State Tuition $26,628

Overview

Overview

About University of Wyoming College of Law

The primary mission of the college is to provide a high quality legal education to its students. We also work to serve the legal profession and the public, and to enhance our own professional competence and development through the production of high-quality legal scholarship. We provide law-related educational and other services to the Bar, the University community and the general public. Our limited student body of approximately 225 students creates a favorable student-faculty ratio that promotes student access to faculty, small classes, personalized instruction, and a diverse curriculum.

Reviews

“Small but mighty,” University of Wyoming’s College of Law is the state’s premiere law school. Its intimate size guarantees that “you are a name and a face not a number,” and its students are privy to “individualized attention and amazing opportunities.” The school offers some phenomenal programs including “excellent environmental and natu­ral resources law” and many “practical experiences…through the legal clinics…and the summer trial institute.” The “legal clinics [allow] students [to] get actual lawyering experience help[ing] low-income individuals in many different areas of law, and several students have even had the opportunity to argue in front of the state supreme court.” Even more impressive, “the WY Supreme Court and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals come here and hear oral arguments at least once a year in our state of the art moot court room.” The school is also “very affordable, even for out of state students.” It is also “one of the few to still give merit-based scholarships 2L and 3L year for substantial amounts.” And many laud the fact that the university “is not a school that tries to be a lawyer fac­tory. They focus on quality, not quantity.” Students at Wyoming also speak glowingly of their professors. To begin with, the fac­ulty “is more than happy to address specific legal questions, issues about students' future practice of law, or to just chat.” They’ve even been to know “to share a beer on [a] Friday.” And a 1L shares, “the professors are not guarded in ivory towers but [are] always available (they usually supply their cell numbers) for supplemental questions as well as mentoring relationships.” This openness also extends to the administration which most find to be “very accessible and strongly committed to ensuring a successful education for the students enrolled here.” They “do a great job of advocating on our behalf and are wonderful overall advocates of the school and University in general.”Importantly, students find career services to be “a great resource.” They help to “facilitate job opportunities…by hosting weekly panels from regional professionals/alumni, workshops on interviewing and resume writing, as well as developing extern­ship programs throughout the region for Wyoming students.” One pleasantly surprised 2L interjects, “The director will look over your resume at a moment’s notice…The faculty here [has] an open door policy so you don’t need to make appointments—you can stop by their offices at any time and they will take the time to meet with you.” Certainly, attending law school “in a state with only one law school provides students the best opportunity for judicial clerkships, clinic placements, and internships.” Also of note, “For students that wish to stay in the Rocky Mountain inter-west region, the job opportunities are plentiful—especially for energy related legal careers.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 78

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MPA, 3 1/2 years-4 years; JD/MBA, 3 1/2 - 4 years; JD/MA Environment & Natural Resources, 3 1/2 years-4years

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 27
Full-Time Faculty 17
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 5
Part-Time Faculty 5
Faculty Gender 55% Male
44% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 57% Male
43% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 65%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 6%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Ethnicity Unknown 19%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $13,428 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,835 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $24,263 $13,428

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $26,628 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,835 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $37,463 $26,628

Financial Aid

$30,133 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 26

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

University of Wyoming College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 149 - 156
LSAT Total 149 - 156

University of Wyoming College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.16 - 3.58
Total 3.16 - 3.58

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Resume, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency, Work Experience, Recommendations

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 96%
First Time Pass Rate 71%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 74%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 14
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 79%
Average Starting Salary $50,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 24 41%
Firm Sized 11-25 2 3%
Firm Sized 26-50 2 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 1 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 2%
Business Industry 5 8%
Government 7 12%
Public Interest 2 3%
Federal Clerkship 2 3%
State Clerkship 7 12%
Academia 3 5%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Seeking 10 13%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 4%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
SD 3%
CO 20%
WY 64%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Wyoming College of Law include:

  • Marilyn Kite - Chief Justice-WY Supreme Court
  • Nancy Freudenthal - Federal Judge
  • Alan K. Simpson - Former US Senator-Wyoming, Political Commentator
  • Gerry Spence - Trial Lawyer, Author, TV personality
  • Mike Sullivan - Former Ambassador to Ireland & Governor-Wyoming

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