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New University of Wyoming law school dean wants to improve national ranking


CASPER, Wyoming — The University of Wyoming's new law school dean wants to push the program up from fifth to first in the region's rankings by U.S. News & World report.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports ( Klint Alexander arrived in Laramie a week ago from Vanderbilt University, and said improving the ranking is just one of his goals.

He also wants to attract students by turning the school into a leader in energy and natural resources law, a contentious point at UW that prompted a dean's resignation in 2013 and push-back from students.

The new dean takes over as fewer students head to law school nationally.

UW's law school population has been fairly consistent, but applications for this year were down by about 4 percent from last year.

Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

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