Ending the Year on a Good Note
Klint W. Alexander, Ph.D. J.D. University of Wyoming College of Law Laramie, Wyoming.
As the 2017-2018 academic year comes to an end, I wanted to update you on some of this year's notable developments at the University of Wyoming College of Law.
First and foremost, this past May, we graduated the largest class of law students in years. When I arrived as Dean in the summer of 2015, I was greeted by the largest 1L class in three decades. I am pleased to say that the vast majority of these students have now successfully earned their J.D. degrees. Though I cannot take credit for selecting this group of students (as they were admitted before my arrival), I feel a special kinship with them as we have walked the halls and experienced the difficult budget times over the past three years together. Many of these graduates have decided to stay in Wyoming, and we look forward to welcoming them to the Wyoming Bar.
Second, the College of Law received an"A" ranking for practical training by Pre Law magazine (ranked 20th among all law schools) and, once again, was named to the Honor Roll of best schools for practical training by National Jurist magazine. The College of Law maintains seven (7) active clinics and/or practicums that enable law students to work with clients on actual cases in a variety of legal areas. Moreover, this coming fall, we will be hiring a full-time faculty member to direct the Defender Aid Clinic, and the Family Law & Child Advocacy Clinic will be returning to its original mission and focus of serving Wyoming citizens in the Family Law and Domestic Violence area.
Third, this spring's application cycle is one of the best in years. Last year, law school applications bottomed out nationwide after nearly eight straight years of successive declines. But this year, applications are ticking back up due to a healthier hiring market among law firms and general interest in legal news surrounding the White House in Washington. Applications to the University of Wyoming College of Law are up approximately eight percent this spring, and seat...