The College of Law at University of Wyoming

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions N. Denise Burke
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The College of Law at University of Wyoming

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 45.0% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.38
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 153

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 45.0%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 150-157
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.13-3.6
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.38
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 153

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.P.A.
J.D./MA Environment & Natural Resources
J.D./M.B.A
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
UW Law offers 4 clinical programs: Defender Aid, Prosecution Assistance, Legal Services, and Domestic Violence. Two practicums: International Human Rights Practicum and Natural Resources Practicum.We also have a rural law center and offer an extensive 2 week summer trial institute program. Externship choices include: a variety of government agencies, and non-profit groups.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 64
Seminars 4
Positions available in seminars 40
Positions available in simulation courses 188
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 64
Student activities (as provided by the school)
The College sponsors: Wyoming Law Review, managed and edited by 3L students under faculty supervision; national law competitions including: client counseling, moot court, trial advocacy, and international law; student organizations including: Potter Law (student govt.),law fraternities, Environmental Law, Women’s Law, Minority Students, Students for Equal Justice, Int’l Law, and more.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 75
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 30
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 164
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 52
Full-time students involved in field placements 61
Full-time students involved in law journals 14
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 24
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 18

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 11.3:1 – Low
Full- and part-time faculty 27
Full-time minority faculty 11.8%
Part-time minority faculty 0.0%
Total faculty 32
Total faculty (men) 62.5%
Total faculty (women) 37.5%
Total faculty (minorities) 12.5%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#127 Best Law Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 35
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.1
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.5
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.13-3.6
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.38
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 150-157
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 153
Acceptance rate 45.0% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 11.3:1 – Low
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 56.7% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 79.1% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 84.1% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar WY
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 75.2%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 226

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 226

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Second-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school N/A
Female students discontinuing law school N/A

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Tammy Aagard
Financial aid phone (307) 766-2116
Financial aid application deadline February 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $13,203 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $25,533 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $10,837
Books $1,200
Miscellaneous expenses $3,089
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? No

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 52.7%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 8.8%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 4.0%
Median grant amount $3,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $2,000–$4,774
Full-time students receiving grants 65.5%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $65,628
Proportion who borrowed 86.3%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 37,682
Microform titles 5,427
Electronic titles 25,786
Other non-book titles 551
Total titles 69,446
Volumes (excluding microforms) 173,282
Volume equivalent microforms 154,014
Total volumes and volume equivalents 327,296
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 95
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 56
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 39
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 56
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 17
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 0

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 2
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 101
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 311
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 20
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 30
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 30,000
Total seats available for library users 262
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) UW Law contains large classrooms, courtrooms, seminar & study rooms, law library, student lockers/lounge, and offices. Wi-Fi and newest instructional technologies throughout the building. The on-site library has 30,000 sq. ft, 282 seats & individual study spaces. Two new state-of-the-art courtroom/classrooms, jury room,& seminar rooms. Positive learning environment. Good campus location.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar WY
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 84.1% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 75.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 67
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 56.7%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 79.1%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 56.7%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 3.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 40.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.0%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 79.1%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 3.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 17.9%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.0%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $47,500
Median private sector starting salary $50,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $55,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 40%
Median public service starting salary $55,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 0.0%
Percent employed in business and industry 11.3%
Percent employed in government 13.2%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 3.8%
Percent employed in law firms 64.2%
Percent employed in public interest 7.5%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 60%
Graduates employed out-of-state 35.8%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 4%
Number of states where graduates are employed 10
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 1.9%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 1.9%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 1.9%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 0.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 3.8%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.9%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 84.8%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Extensive networking, on-campus interviews, job fairs, and career seminars; career search assistance for permanent, part-time, and summer employment; career counseling, job search strategies, alumni presentations in various law specialties; individualized critique of resumes, cover letters, application materials, and interviews; online databases of employment opportunities, resource materials.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 90.5%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 95.8%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 3.8%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 0.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 3.8%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 0.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 1.9%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%

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