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University of Utah (S.J. Quinney College of Law)

In a community more cosmopolitan than most newcomers suspect, the University of Utah is its heterogeneous core. Diversity is something that we, as a public institution of higher learning, are committed to and strive for in the belief that a plurality of perspective, viewpoint, and experience greatly enriches the educational process.

Salt Lake City is culturally mixed. Overall, it exemplifies the Western lifestyle -- less formal, less intense, less frenetic, and more friendly than life on the East or West coasts.

The U is a place where freedom of thought and freedom of belief are a living reality. The college's student body, faculty, and administration come from all over the United States and many parts of the world. We have varied backgrounds, including actors, physicians, social workers, biologists, military officers and teachers. We appreciate commonality and difference. If you choose to become a member of this intelligent, high-achieving, ambitious group, you'll fit in. There's a place for you among our faculty, administrators, staff, and students. You are free to be yourself.

We are a small school; total enrollment for the J.D. program this fall is 408, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 13 to 1. The median G.P.A. of our entering class is in the top 20 of all law schools. We offer an outstanding legal education---a dynamic combination of the cutting-edge and the traditional that is rooted in the excellence of our faculty---at a cost well below our peers, which include the country’s top public and private law schools.

Few of those schools are as advantageously positioned as we are. Salt Lake City combines a network of professionals and practitioners in an urban capital city with perhaps the greatest proximity of outdoor recreational opportunities in the world. Our mountains are only 20 minutes away, and you can arrive in red rock country in two or three hours.


You must complete a minimum of 88 semester hours and graduate with a grade point average of at least 2.0. You must attend at least 80 percent of regularly scheduled class time in each class. For additional requirements, the bulletin for the S.J. Quinney College of Law is available as a PDF file (the free reader is available from Adobe). You have a broad spectrum of courses to choose from. We have an integrated clinical program that offers live and simulated opportunities for you 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 provides you with the chance to perform uncompensated, public interest work with a practicing attorney as your mentor and partner. Joint degrees in law and business administration or public administration, and an environmental certificate are available. We assist you, on a case-by-case basis, in establishing other areas of interdisciplinary study for the J.D. degree or for a joint degree. In addition, we provide a comprehensive program in appellate litigation and trial advocacy.

J.D./M.B.A. Joint Degree Program
The SJ Quinney College of Law and the David Eccles School of Business offer a joint degree program in which students may earn the J.D. and M.B.A. degrees in four years. Recognizing the close relationship between the business and legal communities, the program helps business managers and corporate counsel understand each other?s concerns, constraints, and objectives.

Applicants interested in this program must submit separate admission applications to the College of Law and to the M.B.A. Program. Each program has its own independent admissions standards, and admission to one program does not ensure admission to the other. Students may enter the joint program:

* At the time they are initially accepted by both the
College of Law and the School of Business, or
* During the first year of law school, if they are
accepted for admission by the School of Business,
* During the first year of the M.B.A. program, if they
are accepted for admission to the College of Law

Students will not be admitted to the joint program if they have begun their second year of law school or their advanced M.B.A. coursework. Students entering the joint program must take the first year of law school study without taking other courses.

The time required to complete the joint M.B.A./J.D. degree is shorter than the time required to complete both programs independently, because required courses in one college fulfill elective requirements in the other college. The College of Law and the School of Business will each accept up to 12 credit hours taken in the other college. All M.B.A. classes used to fulfill the law school's elective requirements must be advanced classes and must be approved by the College of Law.

A student enrolled in the J.D./M.B.A. Joint Degree Program who wishes to count credits taken in one program toward fulfilling the degree in the other program, must complete all requirements of both programs before either degree will be awarded.

J.D./MPA Joint Degree Program
The S.J. Quinney College of Law and the Department of Political Science have adopted the following program to enable students to pursue both a J.D. degree and an M.P.A. degree simultaneously.

Students enrolled in the joint degree program may count up to 12 credit-hours of College of Law class work towards fulfilling the 42 credit-hour requirement of the M.P.A. degree, and may count up to 12 credit-hours of M.P.A. class work towards fulfilling the 88 credit-hour requirement of the J.D. degree. Upon completion of both programs, the student earns two separate degrees, a J.D. degree awarded by the College of Law and an M.P.A. degree awarded by the Department of Political Science.

Because the overall credit requirements for both degrees are reduced by 24 credit-hours, a student enrolled in the joint degree program can expect to complete the two degrees in approximately eight semesters of full-time study. A student enrolled in the J.D./M.P.A. Joint Degree Program must complete all J.D. and all M.P.A. requirements before either degree will be awarded.

Applicants interested in this program must submit separate admission applications to the College of Law and to the M.P.A. Program. Each program has its own independent admissions standards, and admission to one program does not ensure admission to the other.

Applicants interested in pursing the J.D./M.P.A joint degree are encouraged to apply to both programs at the same time. Nonetheless, a law student may apply to the M.P.A. program (and thus be eligible to earn a joint degree) prior to completion of the first year of law school. An M.P.A. student who enrolls in the law program after matriculating in the M.P.A program will have limitations imposed on those M.P.A. credit-hours that can count towards the law degree. The College of Law will not give law credit for an M.P.A. course unless the applicant has first successfully completed the first year at the College of Law.

A student enrolled in the J.D./M.P.A. Joint Degree Program, who wishes to count credits taken in one program toward fulfilling the degree in the other program, must complete all requirements of both programs before either degree will be awarded.

We were the first school in the nation to offer a specialized master of laws degree in energy, environmental, and natural resources law. Our program still sets the standard. You must have a J.D. degree to be admitted. Qualified international students are encouraged to apply.

The S.J. Quinney College of Law offers a variety of clinical experiences. Each clinic relies on placing the student with a supervising attorney to work on live disputes or legislative issues. Each has a related classroom component to study the fundamental lawyering skills, to share observations from the clinical experience, and to generalize what could be learned from the particular experience.

In the Civil Clinic students interview, counsel and solve problems for indigent clients of legal services offices. Criminal Clinic students are assigned to either prosecutor or defender offices to assist in felony cases and appear in court on misdemeanor cases. The Judicial Clinic permits students to act as clerks to judges - researching issues, drafting opinions, and assisting in resolution of pending cases. The Environmental Clinic allows students to be placed with environmental, natural resources or water lawyers in matters that sometimes involve intense local controversy. In the Health Law Clinic students consider issues of access to and quality of medical care in various settings. Mediation Clinic students develop the skills of a mediator through observation of and involvement in actual mediations. The Death Penalty Clinic involves students in post-appellate habeas corpus petitions. The most recent addition, the Legislative Clinic, will allow students to draft legislation and be involved in the bill's enactment.

The benefits of participating in the Clinical Program can include learning basic lawyering skills, learning about legal institutions, learning about law in the context of practice, improving one's ability to learn from experience, gaining insight into one's strengths and preferences in a legal career, and providing valuable pro bono or public service to the community.

Most intern (part-time) clinic placements receive 2 or 3 credits (P/F) in one semester and require 7 or 10 hours of work each week. One credit requires approximately 45-50 hours of work. (In special circumstances the Clinical Program Director may permit an intern to enroll for 4 or 5 credits in one semester.) A student may earn up to 14 credits toward graduation from clinical placement work. This credit limitation does not include graded credit received for participation in any accompanying academic course, (e.g. Skills Cornerstone, Judicial Process).

Students having completed pre-requisites are accepted into all clinics (except Judicial) on an "open enrollment" basis with no selection among students, subject only to available space. Judicial students are selected by the supervising judges.

Occasionally a student will have a unique educational interest that is not addressed by the existing curriculum and for which a clinical placement would be useful. If the student has completed all relevant substantive and skills courses in the curriculum, the student may apply to engage in Directed Research (797A) with an Arranged Clinical Placement (696). Approval of such a program requires coordination between the work to be undertaken in an individually selected placement and the reading and writing to be done as directed research. Such a program is approved by both a faculty supervisor of the Directed Research and the Clinical Program Director, and should be explored early in the student's academic career.

The Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment represents a concrete manifestation of the University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law's commitment to the multidisciplinary study of natural resources and environmental law and policy. Historically, Utah and the surrounding states have depended upon the region's natural bounty to construct and then maintain a society in the arid Western landscape. The University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law, recognizing the importance of natural resources and environmental quality to the region's welfare, has long played a leading role in shaping appropriate laws and policies to govern the use and preservation of these resources. With the establishment of the Wallace Stegner Center, that role continues unabated.

The Pro Bono Initiative is a voluntary program whose primary goal is to emphasize the fundamental role of public service in the legal profession. It seeks to instill a greater awareness among students of their ethical responsibility to provide legal services to the disadvantaged. It is hoped that law students who make pro bono work a part of their education will continue that commitment in their professional lives, helping to assure that all citizens receive quality legal services. In addition, law students are introduced to a broad variety of substantial areas of law and methods of practice.

School name:University of UtahS.J. Quinney College of Law
Address:332 South 1400 East
Zip & city:UT 84112-0730 Utah

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