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Study Law at the University of Wyoming!

The University of Wyoming College of Law offers a high quality legal education at one of the lowest tuition rates in the country.  Located in the Rocky Mountains only a short drive from Denver, the UW College of Law is known for its top programs, intimate family-like atmosphere, innovative skills training, affordability, and overall student satisfaction. 

By selecting the University of Wyoming, you can obtain an unsurpassed return on your educational investment and take advantage of:

  • low student-faculty ratio resulting in small classes, personalized instruction, easy access to faculty, and a wealth of hands-on practical training opportunities.  Our entire student body is approximately 225 law students.
  • Access to extensive “real world” training opportunities including clinics, practicums, externships, an intensive trial advocacy institute, local and trans-national negotiation exercises, and others. These experiences allow our students to hit the ground running upon entering practice.
  • Extensive course offerings from renowned experts in energy, natural resources, environment, business, legal writing, family law, criminal law, international law, and other areas.
  • Personalized career guidance and close interaction with attorneys, judges, and policymakers in the region and across the globe, to maximize employment opportunities upon graduation.
  • Joint degree programs in natural resources (JD/MA Environment & Natural Resources), business (JD/MBA), and public administration (JD/MPA).
  • EENR Certificate: students can earn a certificate in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Law degree without the extravagant price tag; UW Law students take out fewer loans while they receive high-quality training,
  • The opportunity to hear distinguished speakers and attend court proceedings, including during Law Week, and throughout the year.

Check out this Justice Talks in Wyoming podcast featuring UW College of Law Professor Darrell Jackson, Faculty Director of the Prosecution Assistance Program.  Professor Jackson discusses a wide range of issues in the criminal trial process, and how a prosecutor's power and role fits into that process.

In providing a quality and hands-on legal education experience, the University of Wyoming is also committed to transparency as well as complete and accurate consumer information. In compliance with American Bar Association (ABA) rules and regulations, the ABA Disclosure Information and the ABA Employment Summary Reports are available. This information was compiled from the information that we submitted in our most recent ABA Annual Questionnaire. It contains data regarding the following:

  • Admissions Data
  • Tuition, fees, tuition costs, and financial aid
  • Enrollment data and attrition/graduation rates
  • Number of full-time and part-time faculty and administrators
  • Curricular offerings
  • Library resources
  • Employment outcomes and Bar passage data


The University of Wyoming College of Law's Juris Doctor degree provides extensive offerings from renowned experts in energy, natural resources, business, tax, legal writing, family law, criminal law, international law, and many other areas.

 In our state-of-the art courtrooms and facilities, students learn to analyze, advocate, negotiate, litigate, write, and perform other tasks that will allow them to excel upon graduation. Students also have access to a vast array of “real world” training opportunities including clinics, practicums, externships, an intensive trial advocacy institute, local and trans-national negotiation exercises, and more.

Students can enhance their law degree through the EENR Certificate Program in order to distinguish themselves in the field.

Joint-degree programs allow students to pursue their Juris Doctor (J.D.) in conjunction with their master’s degree in one of the three different fields listed below.

Capitalizing on the University's depth of resources, the College of Law collaborates with University graduate departments to offer multiple joint degree programs. Students must apply for admission to both programs; however, both departments will recognize a number of credits from the corresponding program to allow students to earn both degrees in a shorter period of time. The University of Wyoming College of Law offers three joint degree programs.

Each graduate program has unique admission criteria, so interested students are encouraged to contact the respective program for application details. Once admitted to both programs, law students can begin taking non-law courses the summer following their first year of law school.

Unique Opportunities

Because of the intimate nature of the UW College of Law, you will have opportunities to participate in programs, internships and experiences you can find nowhere else!  Students can gain knowledge and experience while exploring their own legal interests outside the classroom through hands-on programs.

Student Legal Clinics: The College of Law offers six clinical programs: Defender Aid, Civil Legal Services, Family and Child Legal Advocacy, Prosecution Assistance, International Human Rights and Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources.

Estate Planning Practicum: The Estate Planning Practicum provides law students with experience in transactional legal services, including simple wills and estate planning advice.

Business Law Practicum: The Business Law Practicum provides law students with experience in the legal tasks involved in starting a business for actual clients, for hypothetical clients, or both.

Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Practicum: The Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Practicum provides third year students with the opportunity to learn about the practice of law in the areas of energy, environment, and natural resource law.

Externships: Legal externship is a great way to gain practical legal experience while in law school and earn course credit at the same time.  

Experiential Learning Opportunities through Clinics, Externships, and More!


Summer Trial Institute: The Summer Trial Institute is an intense two-week course during which law students learn trial skills from both practicing attorneys and College of Law faculty.  The faculty includes leading trial attorneys for across Wyoming and around the country.  

Student Clubs and Organizations: Law students can join fellow students in clubs and organizations of interest, including Intellectual Property Law Club, Multicultural Law Student Association, Women's Law Forum and many others!

Competitions: Join a team to sharpen your law skills through competitions at local, regional and national scales.  These competitions include the Davis & Cannon Natural Resources Law Moot Court Competition, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and others.

Wyoming Law Review: This journal publishes articles by practitioners and professors from throughout the country, as well as case notes and comments written by students attending the University of Wyoming College of Law.  The editorial staff is composed of second- and third-year law students selected on the basis of high scholarship and excellence in writing.

Contact Us

Contact our Admissions Staff to find out about any upcoming recruiting fairs, request materials, schedule a campus visit, or answer any questions you may have!  You can also complete the online tour request form.

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