UW College of Law Admission Mission Statement

The University of Wyoming College of Law provides a high quality, affordable legal education with all the benefits of a small school and a highly favorable faculty-student ratio. We are committed to maintaining our high academic standards, and admitting people of varying backgrounds and experiences who will respect and learn from each other and adhere to the highest professional standards. The Admissions Committee seeks to admit candidates whose intellectual abilities and proven academic skills make it likely that they will successfully complete our academic program and use their legal education productively in their chosen professional endeavors. We favor candidates with potential for leadership in the legal and other professions, including the judiciary, the government or the community as a whole. Our students are expected to be committed to hard work, honesty, integrity, and community service commensurate with the privilege of membership in the legal profession. We seek to admit candidates whose diverse backgrounds, experiences, knowledge and perspectives will enliven and enrich the learning experiences of fellow students, faculty, and the rest of the academic community.

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.  We offer the JD in a full-time, in-person program averaging 15 credits per semester.

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.  For the Class of 2023, this resulted in an 91% employment rate: 63% in law firms, 6% in judicial clerkships, 18% in government, 8% in public interest, 2% in education, and 3% in business & industry.
  • 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
  • 3+3 Accelerated Degree Program for UW undergraduate students majoring in energy resource management and development. 
  • 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.

We invite you to learn about our college from those who know it best, our current students and alumni.  Their experiences within the law school and beyond will help you visualize your place within our College of Law family.

Questions?  You are welcome to reach out to lawadmis@uwyo.edu to schedule a meeting with admissions in person or via Zoom.

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

In addition to the above required ABA Disclosures, the University of Wyoming College of Law policy requires  that for students matriculating in the fall, each enrolled student's official transcript  shall be on file prior to October 15. A student will be administratively withdrawn from classes if their official transcript is not received by October 15.



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.

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.

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

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.

Experiential Learning Opportunities through Clinics, Externships, and More!






Questions?  You are welcome to reach out to lawadmis@uwyo.edu to schedule a meeting with admissions in person or via Zoom.

If you would like to schedule a tour of the College of Law, and/or sit in on a class to observe, please complete our online Tour Request Form.

Contact Us

College of Law
1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3035
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-6416
Fax: 307-766-6417
Email: lawadmis@uwyo.edu