The mission of the S.J. Quinney College of Law is to achieve excellence in the professional education of lawyers, to advance knowledge through the dissemination of high quality legal scholarship, and to perform valuable public service to the University, the state of Utah, our nation, and the global community. It is the law school’s further mission to maintain and enhance our national presence as a preeminent institution of legal education, while recognizing our special obligation as the state law school to the Utah community and Utah State Bar.
Established in 1913, the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law is nationally recognized for its outstanding academic reputation, stellar faculty, small student population, low student-to-faculty ratio, innovative curriculum, and stunning location.
The College of Law is a vibrant learning community with both well-established expertise and exciting new projects on the critical issues of our time: climate change, conflict and security, health justice, the new frontier of family law, technology commercialization, conservation, addiction, innocence, victims’ rights, global mediation, and many others. We have also launched four innovative initiatives in leadership, cross-disciplinary training, smart technology, and global legal education. These creative intellectual investments have generated astounding results for each class of entering students.
Among the students, there is a prevailing sense of community fostered by an open and service-oriented faculty and administration. The law school is less than a 10-minute drive or light rail ride from downtown Salt Lake City—the seat of federal, state, and local governmental bodies. Salt Lake City is the economic center of the region and is regularly voted one of America’s most livable cities. This location provides ample professional opportunities for our students, as well as superb outdoor recreational access and a strong cultural scene.
|Director of admissions||Reyes Aguilar|
|Application deadline||February 15|
|Approximate number of applications||612|
|Tuition and fees Full-time:||$26,758 per year (in-state)|
|Room and board||$9,936|
General Rule. Except as otherwise provided in paragraph 2 below, grades in all courses with enrollment of more than 15 students shall achieve a mean within the range of 3.10 to 3.30.
Exceptions. Notwithstanding paragraph 1 above, the mandatory mean shall not apply to the following:
Students may graduate with honors based on cumulative GPA at graduation as follows:
|Order of Coif||The Order of the Coif is a national society founded to encourage legal scholarship and advance the ethical standards of the profession. Each year, the faculty confers membership on students who place in the highest 10 percent of their graduating class. To be eligible, a student must receive graded credit for at least three-quarters of the total number of hours required for graduation. (Under the current requirement of 88 hours, a minimum of 66 graded hours satisfies requirements regardless of how many hours a student may have accumulated prior to graduation.)|
|Highest Honors||3.8 and above|
|High Honors||3.6 and above|
|Honors||3.4 and above|
|Dean’s Award||awarded to student with highest GPA in each class|
|Faculty Award||awarded to student with second highest GPA in each class|
|College Award||awarded to student with third highest GPA in each class|
|Barrister’s Award||awarded to student with highest GPA in each class|
|Quinney Award||awarded to student with second highest GPA in each class|
|Academic Awards||At the end of each academic year, the students in each class with the top GPA’s will be provided with the following awards: Dean’s Award (awarded to the student with the highest GPA in the class), Faculty Award (awarded to the second highest GPA in the class), College Award (awarded to the third highest GPA in the class), Barrister’s Award (awarded to the fourth highest GPA in the class) and the Quinney Award (awarded to the fifth highest GPA in the class). In case of ties, students with the same GPA will receive the same award.|
|CALI Awards||The purpose of the CALI award is to recognize academic excellence in legal education. CALI recognizes students who receive the highest grade in a course. There are no restrictions on the number of courses or the number of students within a course. The only restriction is that all courses be law-related and taught within the law school.|
|David T. Lewis Clinical Award||Awards are given each year to graduating seniors who have outstanding achievement in the Clinical Program. The clinical director, with the advice of a committee chosen by her, makes the awards. Nominations may come from faculty, clinical supervisors, or students may nominate themselves. A cash award of approximately $100 is presented to each recipient. The deadline for nominations is generally the end of spring semester.|
|Edwin Brown Firmage Student Award in International Law and Human Rights||This award honors a student who has demonstrated strong academic achievement and an ongoing commitment to international law and human rights issues through coursework, extracurricular activities, volunteer participation, and/or previous experience. The award is open to current second- or third-year students. The dean of students announces when applications will be accepetd, usually spring semester.|
|Fordham Loan Forgiveness Program||To assist and encourage students to pursue careers in public interest law, this loan repayment assistance program helps graduates who are employed in the public sector repay educational loans. (Note: This program is currently being re-worked and is not accepting applications.|
|Graduation with Honors||Students may graduate with honors based on cumulative GPA at graduation as follows: Highest Honors (3.8 and above), High Honors (3.6 and above), and Honors (3.4 and above).|
|Judge Gilbert A. Martinez Semper Fi Community Service Award||This award will recognize a student who has an interest in and commitment to community service-inparticular service to communities of color and/or low income communities.|
|Minority Law Caucus Awards||The Minority Law Caucus awards are awarded to MLC members in good academic standing. The MLC selection committee considers a variety of factors, which may include contributions to the community and financial need. Awards are generally awarded in the late spring.|
|National Association of Women Lawyers Award||The NAWL awards a one-year honorary membership and a year’s subscription to the NAWL Law Journal to an outstanding law graduate who has demonstrated academic achievement, motivation, tenacity, and drive; who exhibits promise for future contributions to the advancement of women in society; and presents a personable and professional image. The Dean’s Office chooses the recipient.|
|Order of the Coif||The Order of the Coif is a national society founded to encourage legal scholarship and advance the ethical standards of the profession. Each year, the faculty confers membership on students who place in the highest 10 percent of their graduating class. To be eligible, a student must receive graded credit for at least three-quarters of the total number of hours required for graduation. (Under the current requirement of 88 hours, a minimum of 66 graded hours satisfies requirements regardless of how many hours a student may have accumulated prior to graduation.)|
|Reva Beck Bosone Award||The Women’s Law Caucus sponsors this $1,000 award given to a first- or second-year student who is a member of the Women’s Law Caucus and who is in good academic standing. A WLC selection committee considers the candidate’s contributions and potential to make a significant contribution in a field of importance to women. The WLC announces when applications will be accepted, currently early fall semester.|
|Robert Schmid Natural Resources Writing Award||The student who writes the best paper on a natural resources-related topic is awarded $250. The faculty nominates papers, and the Faculty Awards Committee chooses the recipient.|
|S.J. Quinney College of Law Outstanding Achievement Award||The Outstanding Achievement Award certificate is given in each graded course (other than seminars) with an enrollment of at least 12 students. The course professor selects the student whose work is deemed the most outstanding. In the event of a tie, the professor will attempt to select a single winner. If the selection process does not produce one winner, co-winners will be accepted (but no more than two).|
|Stephen Pierre Traynor Legal Writing Award||The Traynor Legal Writing Award annually recognizes outstanding writing by an advanced student. The recipient receives $700. The faculty nominates student, law review, or journal papers, which, after editing, remain substantially the work of the student. The Faculty Awards Committee chooses the recipient.|
|Steven Magleby Memorial Law Student Award||This award presents a monetary stipend and award to an outstanding student who demonstrates a devotion to furthering the rights of people with disabilities.|
|Utah Civil Rights and Liberties Writing Award||The $300 Utah Civil Rights and Liberties Award is given to the student who writes the best research paper in a class or seminar on the First Amendment, or in a comparable class that requires a research paper. The faculty nominates student papers and the Faculty Awards Committee chooses the recipient.|
|William H. Leary Scholars||Leary scholars are students whose grades place them in the top 20 percent of their class. For first-year students, the Leary selection is made following the completion of first-year courses. For second- and third-year students, designations are made following each semester and are based solely on that semester’s grades. To be eligible for a given semester, a student must complete no fewer than 12 credit hours, 10 of which must be graded.|
The Utah Law Review: Founded in 1948, the Utah Law Review Society publishes the Utah Law Review, an academic legal journal with national reach. The journal was founded to serve the interests of the students, the bench, and the bar of the State of Utah. Since then, its scope has expanded to include legal issues of both national and international importance. The Society is a wholly student-run organization, with the student-editors making all editorial and organizational decisions.
The Utah Environmental Law Review: The Utah Environmental Law Review typically publishes two issues each year; a fall issue and a spring issue. It welcomes submissions year-round of articles, comments, notes of interest, and literary pieces. While continuing to publish traditional legal articles, the Utah Environmental Law Review will also consider for publication articles of an interdisciplinary nature, expository articles that provide the non-specialist an overview of specialized areas of law, and articles oriented toward a practitioner's perspective, written by or for the practitioner. In addition, the Utah Environmental Law Review carefully considers other submissions that might be of interest to readers of an environmental legal journal.
The Journal of Law and Family Studies (JLFS): The Journal of Law and Family Studies (JLFS) is an interdisciplinary journal addressing a broad range of empirical and doctrinal topics concerning families, family relationships, and the law. JLFS explores issues in family and juvenile law as well as other family-related issues relevant to public policy. JLFS is published at least twice a year, and membership is determined by a summer writing competition.
spring, Mark Arrington, a CMI Fellow, and Shaun Mathur, a BioLaw Fellow, competed as a team in the AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition. After winning an intramural competition, Mark and Shaun represented the College of Law at the regional competition in Silicon Valley, where the problem featured two very complex legal issues, one involving subject matter jurisdiction and the other patent subject matter eligibility. Notably, the problem asked an important question that remained after A.M.P. v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., a 2013 case invalidating patent claims directed to isolated human gene sequences, making it an excellent problem for a team of BioLaw students. Mark and Shaun handled the issues expertly and finished in second place at the regional competition, which qualified them to participate at the national competition in Washington, D.C. At the national competition, Shaun and Mark lost to a particularly strong Suffolk team, but came away with nothing but wonderful things to say about arguing at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and participating in the competition. The Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences and the College of Law would like to congratulate Mark and Shaun on their success and look forward to continuing that success with future teams.
The College of Law offers a variety of clinical experiences for credit. Clinics include a classroom component, which helps students prepare for their legal work and offers a forum for students to reflect on their experiences. Clinical placements help students to develop a range of practice-related skills and to gain insights into their strengths and career preferences. In recent years the Clinical Program has added faculty-supervised clinics in Environmental Law, Innocence, Appellate Practice and Public Policy work.
Because the College of Law draws on external placements as well as clinics supervised by faculty members, we can accommodate all students who want a lawyering experience each and every semester beginning their second year. Taking advantage of the College’s wide selection of clinical opportunities, many students enroll in several different clinics during law school. Students may earn up to 14 credits toward graduation from clinical placement work, not including graded credit received for participation in the accompanying academic courses.
Information about clinic offerings:
Starting Salaries (2015 Graduates Employed Full-Time)
|Private sector (25th-75th percentile)||$52,000 - $100,000|
|Median in the private sector||$70,000|
|Median in public service||$50,990|
|Graduates known to be employed at graduation||54.8%|
|Graduates known to be employed ten months after graduation||76.2%|
|Graduates Employed In||Percentage|
|Business and Industry||20.3%|
|Public Interest Organizations||6.8%|
The approved Judicial Extern Program involves regular placement with local judges who are respected jurists and teachers, and who are willing to provide the degree of supervision demanded in the Guidelines for Judicial Clinics. In order to allow manageable oversight, the number of student-judge participants during any semester should be limited to ten (10). Judicial externs must comply with all instructional and oversight provisions for the Judicial Clinic, and the Clinical Director should continue to communicate regularly (monthly) with both student and judge. Not all judges who currently supervise judicial interns should become supervisors of judicial externs, and not every judge who is initially approved to supervise an extern will become a permanent participant in the program.
In extraordinary circumstances and after careful scrutiny, the Clinical Director may approve an extern placement with a judge outside the immediate locality provided that the judge is willing to comply with the Judicial Clinic Guidelines and to provide the individualized supervision to the student that is most important. The extern program is limited to third-year students. Second-year students with outstanding qualifications should be encouraged to apply for post-law school clerkships. Third-year students who have not been accepted as post-law school clerks should be the primary population for participation in the judicial extern program.
The paradigmatic one-semester judicial externship is 12 credit hours. However, the Clinical Director is authorized to approve student judicial externships for lesser or greater credit (but not to exceed a maximum of 14 credit hours in a semester). Additionally, students performing a judicial externship are authorized to take the Judicial Process course, if offered, that semester. The taking of any other law school course, or participation in any other law school activity or program, for credit while performing a judicial externship requires approval, in advance, from the Clinical Director. The Subcommittee approval may be on such terms and conditions as it deems appropriate. The Subcommittee’s discretion is to be exercised with a view to furthering the student’s educational needs in light of all the circumstances.
The absolute prohibition against credit for both judicial internships and externships is repealed. The Subcommittee is authorized, in appropriate cases, and subject to such terms and conditions as the Subcommittee may require, to allow a student to take a judicial externship even though a judicial internship has previously been taken.
In all cases, the Clinical Program’s existing work/credit ratio will remain constant (50 hours of work for each hour of credit). It is contemplated that variations from the 12 credit hour full-time norm will only be made for good cause. It is anticipated that, over time, the Clinical Subcommittee will develop guidelines both with respect to situations in which credit variations (to increase or decrease from the norm) will be permitted and the extent to which other law school courses, activities or programs for credit will be permitted during the externship semester.
Senior Lawyer Volunteer Project Summer Internship
The Senior Lawyer Volunteer summer intern serves as a law clerk to the director of the Senior Lawyer Volunteer Project (SLVP), a program of Utah Legal Services, Inc.(ULS). The intern also works with the project paralegal, Utah Legal Services attorneys, and volunteer retired and active attorneys who regularly assist the Project. SLVP provides free legal services to low-income, mainly older, Utah citizens in the areas of estate planning, planning for incapacity, property transfers, and community education. ULS handles guardianship matters, so there are opportunities to work in this area of the law as well. Interns typically interact directly with clients, draft documents, research legal questions, and occasionally meet with clients in their homes. The Project is located at the Community Legal Center in downtown Salt Lake City. The internship, which lasts approximately 9 -10 weeks, should be the primary focus of the student’s summer. The intern is expected to keep a journal of his or her SLVP experience for submission to the director at the end of the internship.
The Project is seeking a student in good academic standing who has completed the first or second year of law school. The intern must be a person who has an exemplary character and excellent judgment; believes that a lawyer has a primary responsibility to serve the broader public interest. Intern candidates should have a commitment to public service as evidenced by academic, vocation, and public service activities and focus.
While the applicant’s financial need may be a positive factor in the selection of the intern, it shall not be a primary factor. Race, religion, and gender shall not be factors in the selection.
Application Requirements and Deadline
Applicants must provide a resume, a one-page written statement and an unofficial College of Law transcript addressing personal qualifications and interests relating to the internship. Applicants should indicate the summer time commitment they are able to make to the Project. The SLVP Internship Selection Committee will screen applications and conduct interviews of qualified applicants.
Preference will be given to a candidate who is interested in and has relevant experience in elder law issues, the rights of the elderly and incapacitated, and public service.
Due: Spring Semester
Hinckley International Clinic
The Hinckley Institute of Politics International Program currently places students in full-time internships in key locations in more than 40 countries. The goal of the international program is to provide students with experience in global public policy, service, business, and politics as well as to foster greater understanding among peoples, cultures, and governments. A complete description of the program is on the Hinckley Institute Global Internship webpage.
Course: Students will take HNKLY 6923 Internship: Graduate Global (3 cr./graded), syllabus. The course includes readings pertinent to the internship placement, a policy paper, reflective essays, and weekly emails to the Clinical Program and Hinckley Institute of Politics. The supervisor evaluation of the intern is 25% of the student’s grade. Students will also take Lawyering Skills Survey (3 credits) or directed research (1 credit, upon approval).