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UW College of Law Ranked Among Best Schools for Practical Training

April 9, 2018

For the fourth year running, the University of Wyoming College of Law has been ranked as one of the best law schools for practical training by preLaw and National Jurist magazines.

Receiving an A grade, the UW College of Law lands 21st in the nation as a leader in experiential education. Only schools that receive an A-plus or A grade receive an actual ranking.

According to the methodology of the rankings, preLaw and National Jurist use the data submitted to the American Bar Association annually. The categories used for the rankings are: opportunities in clinics; externships; simulation courses; interschool competitions; and “other,” with the most weight placed on clinical opportunities.

The College of Law has a strong tradition in practical skills, with clinical education as the backbone of its mission. The law school offers six clinics: Civil Legal Services; Prosecution Assistance; Energy, Environment and Natural Resources; Defender Aid; Family and Immigrant Justice; and International Human Rights; as well as an Estate Planning Practicum.

In addition to the robust clinical programs, the College of Law offers diverse opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience, including a vibrant externship program, simulation and skills courses such as the Summer Trial Institute, and a growing number of student competitions.

“The clinical programs at the College of Law are such an asset,” says Tim Crawford, director of experiential learning. “Not only do the students get valuable practical training, but the clinics also have a widespread impact around the state by providing free legal resources and access to justice for citizens of Wyoming.”

The story and ranking with grades appear in the spring issues of the National Jurist and preLaw magazines.

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