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University of Utah S.j. Quinney College of Law

To earn a J.D. at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, students must complete a minimum of 88 semester hours and graduate with a grade point average of at least 2.5. In addition, students must attend at least 80 percent of regularly scheduled class time in each class. The J.D. program is a full-time, day only program. Part-time or evening programs are not available. The College of Law offers a broad spectrum of courses and programs. We have an integrated clinical program that provides live and simulated opportunities for students to assume an attorney role and to study that role in the classroom. We publish the student-edited Utah Law Review, Journal of Law and Family Studies, and Journal of Land, Resources, and Environmental Law; participate in the National Moot Court Competition; and offer a semester abroad program in London. The Pro Bono Initiative affords students the chance to perform uncompensated public interest work with a practicing attorney acting as mentor and partner. Furthermore, joint degrees in law and business administration or public administration, and an environmental certificate are available. In addition, we provide a comprehensive program in appellate litigation and trial advocacy. Click here for more information on applying to the J.D. program.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 381
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 156 - 162
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.32 - 3.8
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 90.35%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 88.1%
In State Tuition $22,408
Out of State Tuition $42,547

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Overview

About University of Utah S.j. Quinney College of Law

To earn a J.D. at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, students must complete a minimum of 88 semester hours and graduate with a grade point average of at least 2.5. In addition, students must attend at least 80 percent of regularly scheduled class time in each class. The J.D. program is a full-time, day only program. Part-time or evening programs are not available. The College of Law offers a broad spectrum of courses and programs. We have an integrated clinical program that provides live and simulated opportunities for students to assume an attorney role and to study that role in the classroom. We publish the student-edited Utah Law Review, Journal of Law and Family Studies, and Journal of Land, Resources, and Environmental Law; participate in the National Moot Court Competition; and offer a semester abroad program in London. The Pro Bono Initiative affords students the chance to perform uncompensated public interest work with a practicing attorney acting as mentor and partner. Furthermore, joint degrees in law and business administration or public administration, and an environmental certificate are available. In addition, we provide a comprehensive program in appellate litigation and trial advocacy. Click here for more information on applying to the J.D. program.

Reviews

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

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 146

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 1

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing the energy industry, environmental protection, natural resources and land use, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MPA 4 years; JD/MBA 4 years; JD/MSW 4 years; JD/MPP 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 67
Full-Time Faculty 37
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 8
Part-Time Faculty 22
Faculty Gender 64% Male
35% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 8 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 59% Male
41% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 86%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $22,408 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,072 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $31,480 $22,408

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $42,547 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,072 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $51,619 $42,547

Financial Aid

90% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$36,390 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 15

Average Age Admitted: 27

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

University of Utah S.j. Quinney College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 156 - 162
LSAT Total 156 - 162

University of Utah S.j. Quinney College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.32 - 3.8
Total 3.32 - 3.8

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Resume

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Work Experience, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 88%
First Time Pass Rate 90%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 88%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 80
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 88%
Average Starting Salary $56,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 38 32%
Firm Sized 11-25 8 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 4 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 3 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 2 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 3 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 2 2%
Business Industry 18 15%
Government 17 14%
Public Interest 2 2%
Federal Clerkship 2 2%
State Clerkship 9 8%
Academia 4 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 8 6%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 3%
CO 3%
UT 81%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Utah S.j. Quinney College of Law include:

  • Hon. Nancy Rice - Colorado Supreme Court
  • Kate Kendell - Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Gary Kennedy - General Counsel & V.P. for American Airlines
  • Hon. Stephen Anderson - 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Kelli L. Sager - Chair, Media Practice, Davis, Wright, Tremaine

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