University of Wyoming College of Law

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University of Wyoming College of Law
University of Wyoming
Established 1920
Type Public
Postgraduates 22
Location Laramie, Wyoming, USA
Interim Dean Jacquelyn Bridgeman
Website uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/Law
Front of University of Wyoming College of Law

The University of Wyoming College of Law is the law school of the University of Wyoming and the only law school located in Wyoming. It is situated in the rocky mountains in Laramie, Wyoming at 7,165 ft. between the Laramie Mountains and Snowy Range Mountains. Frequently, it is referred to as "Law at its Highest Point" and as states the law school admission council’s law school profile, “the College of Law's proximity to the mountains provides a variety of recreational activities, including skiing, backpacking, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, and hunting.” [1] Established in 1920, the law school offers the J.D. degree in law, as well “a joint JD/MA in Environment and Natural Resources and joint degrees in JD/MPA and JD/MBA. Other electives include coverage of trial and appellate practice, business planning, estate planning, corporate and commercial law, administrative law, consumer law, international law, Indian law, health law, and education law.” [2] The class of 2010 had an enrollment of 76, and the school typically admits anywhere from 75 to 80 students each year. The class of 2013 admitted 82 students from all over the United States with the majority coming from around the rocky mountain region. [3]

The College is accredited by the American Bar Association and its graduates are eligible for admission to the bar in every state. In addition, the College is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The University of Wyoming College of Law is also specially recognized by being admitted as a member of the Order of the Coif. [4]

History[edit]

University of Wyoming College of Law Sept, 2010

The University of Wyoming College of Law was founded in 1920. Classes were held on one floor of the University library building until the College of Law moved to a separate facility in 1953. Because of increasing class size, the College of Law relocated to its current building in 1977. Considerable library space and a variety of other rooms were added to the building in 1993. The building contains three classrooms, a large moot courtroom, a small moot court room, two seminar rooms, a student lounge area, lockers for every student, the law library (which include yearly study carrel), and faculty and staff offices.[1]

Moot Court Rooms[edit]

Entrance to Large Moot Court Room

In 2009, the University of Wyoming College of Law finished construction on a large addition to the college of law that expanded the main lecture hall and added two technologically advanced moot court rooms. The main moot court room is the main lecture hall, but includes a retrieving class room wall that opens up into the large moot court room.

Inside Large Moot Court Room

This court room has become so useful that since it was finished, the Wyoming Supreme Court and the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals have both used it to hear oral arguments.[5]

Statistics[edit]

The University of Wyoming College of Law is a public law school. It only has a full-time program that starts in the fall with a 12.4 to 1 student to faculty ratio. Tuition runs $9,996 for residents and $21,156 for nonresidents. Statistics for 2009 show the median LSAT was a 153 and the median GPA was a 3.44. Those numbers along with all numbers have been on the rise since Dean Easton took his place at the school in 2009.[6] The average bar passing rate for 2009 was 75% with the majority of students taking the bar in Wyoming and Colorado. The reported average salary for 2009 was $59,546 which ranks close to the University of Denver Law School located in the heart of Denver, Colorado.[7]

George William Hopper Law Library[edit]

The George W. Hopper Law Library [8] at the University of Wyoming College of Law serves the students, faculty and staff of the College of Law, as well as the university community and the state. The library's collection includes 206,120 treatises, microfiche, law reviews, federal and state statutes, administrative decisions, digests, looseleafs, citators, encyclopedias, reporters, and audio-visual resources. [9] The library has access to many electronic legal databases, such as Lexis and Westlaw. While many of the databases are only accessible to College of Law students, faculty and staff, some are accessible on public computers within the library. [10] The library is open to the public, and is used by attorneys throughout the state as well as self-represented litigants.

The library, which is named for a 1956 graduate of the College of Law, includes multiple study rooms that can be reserved for student use, and study carrels which are assigned to students through a lottery run by the Potter Law Club. The library is open seven days a week during the fall and spring semesters.

Clubs and organizations[edit]

  • Potter law Club
socrates in front on the law school
  • Order de Coif
  • Board of Advocates
  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity
  • Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
  • Intellectual Property Club
  • International Law Students Association
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
Student Lockers
  • Minority Law Students Association
  • Natural Resources & Environmental Law Club
  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
  • Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity
  • Women's Law Forum
  • Wyoming Law Review
  • Wyoming Law Students for Equal Justice (WLSEJ)
  • Wyoming Society for International Law
  • Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association

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Current Faculty[edit]


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Notable alumni[edit]

The University of Wyoming College of Law has many alumni Wyoming Supreme Court Judges and 10th circuit judges. Currently, all of the Wyoming Supreme Court judges are graduates from the College of Law along with 4 10th circuit judges.[13]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AHC Finding Aid for the University of Wyoming. College of Law Records
  2. ^ "James Emmett Barrett". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Wade Brorby". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "E. James Burke". NNDB. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dave Freudenthal". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Michael Golden". NNDB. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "John J. Hickey". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "William U Hill". NNDB. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Alan B. Johnson". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Robert H. Johnson". Wyoming Tribune-Eagle. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Marilyn Kite". NNDB. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Michael R. Murphy". NNDB. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Bob Nicholas". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "Alan K. Simpson". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "Mike Sullivan". National Governors Association. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  16. ^ "Barton Voigt". Wyoming Supreme Court. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "Matt Mead". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 

Coordinates: 41°18′46″N 105°34′15″W / 41.31273°N 105.57088°W / 41.31273; -105.57088