At S. J. Quinney College Of Law, expect an “excellent selection of classes” and “diverse professors” that give students an opportunity to pursue a broad array of law specializations. Though there are “many more resources devoted to environmental issues than anything else,” students can pursue specializations such as “global justice/international law, and the center for law and biomedical sciences, which ranges from health policy and care systems to patent law issues.” In addition to the in-classroom experience, “the school offers multiple clinical experiences to put into practice the theory that has been taught in the classroom.”This is spearheaded by a staff of educators that win major praise from students. Professors’ strong credentials as published experts are important, but “the school values teaching ability just as much as academic publishing.” “Marvelous, very kind and accessible,” these educators “teach a wide variety of classes” that rival even some “very high-priced, private undergraduate institutions.” They make themselves readily available to students, too. Indeed, this “great group of professors” are “always willing to help students understand the material or plan a career path.” Basically, “if you don't develop a good relationship with them, it's because you are trying to avoid them.” In fact, “some professors will even give out their personal cell phone numbers and actually expect you to call them if you have a question.”Praise for the administration, on the other hand, is mixed. Administrators make you “feel like you've inconvenienced them by being present,” according to some students. But that view is far from universal, with other students saying that members of the administration are “in general more than willing to help.” That same administration has constantly sought to evolve, a trait some dub “reactionary” but which others say displays a desire to improve “student experience, academic quality, and transition to real-world practice.” The result is an administration that is “helpful in preparing students to succeed in law school and plan for graduation.”When it comes to the days after graduation, location plays a major role in a U of U student’s success. “Practical business teaching is in short supply,” and while the PDO office is good at placing people with smaller firms, they are “not very good at placement with larger firms, even when the students are fully qualified for those positions.” The location, however, goes a long way towards making up for any such shortcomings. The downtown Salt Lake City campus is “minutes away from the federal and state courthouses,” meaning that “getting a judicial externship is very easy.” Though the current building is “older and inadequate,” the class of 2014/2015 should have the privilege of being the first to graduate from a brand new facility.
- The Princeton Review