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focuses on experiential learning."
The school, which celebrates its 125th
anniversary this year, is among the first to
allow students to earn both pay and credit
Meanwhile, the size and location of
University of Wyoming College of Law
make it unusual. It's located in the Rocky
Mountains, just a two-hour drive from
Denver, so students can enjoy the outdoors and the small-town feel while having
the convenience of a nearby metropolis,
Associate Dean Jim Delaney said.
"Having smaller class sizes allows our
students to benefit from the approachability of faculty members, a more intimate
faculty-to-student ratio, a stronger sense
of collegiality among the students, and a
multitude of opportunities that are afforded
to every student, not just the lucky few,"
Delaney said. "Students are able to get the
same high-quality legal education, but with
a considerably smaller price tag and a wider
scope of opportunities."
Wyoming is one of the Mountain States
where employment prospects are strong,
University of Hawai'i students hike, swim,
surf and dance together as they bond as a
class in an idyllic setting.
especially as baby boomers retire and need
young lawyers to take over small firms.
Employment trends move in waves, of
course, and the state's economy is quite
dependent on energy.
But maybe you're more beach than
Then perhaps island life would be a
good fit. Check out University of Hawai'i
at Manoa - William S. Richardson School
of Law, the only law school in the Pacific.
"Set in the beautiful tropical environs
of Honolulu's Manoa Valley, not far from
white sand beaches, students not only study
and work together but they hike, swim, surf
and paddle together in competitive water
sports that help them bond as a class and
as a future legal network," said Dean Avi
Students of the University of Wyoming
College of Law can enjoy the outdoors and
small-town feel, yet they're just a twohour drive from Denver.
As idyllic as that sounds, the location isn't
all the school has to offer.
It has scored as a Best Value school, as
a top school for practical training and as
a most diverse law school. It's among the
smallest schools, and the faculty and staff are
supportive of students of all ages and their
families. Let's all say it now.... Aloha.
Diversity anD reLigion
Brigham Young University is one of the
country's Best Value private law schools,
with a tuition of $12,310 for members of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. For non-members, tuition is twice
that amount - but that's still below the
average resident tuition across the region.
More than 95 percent of students are members of the faith.
"You have people who come from the
same faith tradition, and they get into
law school and they are confronted with
policy judgments and they have different
opinions," said Dean D. Gordon Smith.
"Just because they all go to the same
church does not mean they have the same
thoughts. I have taught at six law schools
and have never seen more engagement than
BYU Law has some of the highest admissions credentials in the region, along with an
84 percent bar passage rate in 2015.
Gonzaga University School of Law, a
private Jesuit law school, is the only school
located in eastern Washington - four hours