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.
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 and participate in a number of national moot court and skills competitions, which complement our comprehensive program in appellate litigation and trial advocacy. The Pro Bono Initiative affords students the chance to perform uncompensated public interest work with a practicing attorney acting as mentor and partner. Additionally, six joint degrees in law coupled with disciplines associated with the Colleges of Business, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Architecture are available.
We offer a specialized master of laws degree in energy, environmental, and natural resources law. Our program still sets the standard for master of laws degrees of its type. Students must have a J.D. degree to be admitted. Qualified international students are encouraged to apply.
J.D./M.B.A. Dual Degree Program
We offer a joint degree program in which students may earn the J.D. and a Master of Business Administration 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.
J.D./M.P.A. Dual 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 a Master of Public Administration 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 toward 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.
J.D./M.P.P. Dual Degree Program
The University of Utah Master of Public Policy/Juris Doctor joint degree is designed to combine students’ applied interests and training in public policy with the comprehensive legal training gained through the S.J. Quinney College of Law JD program. Both programs recognize the growing interrelationship between the public and private sectors and the increased need for leaders with a combination of policy-related skills and specializations in analysis, economics and law.
Global J.D. Program
The S.J. Quinney College of Law’s new Global J.D. Program offers foreign lawyers the opportunity to complete a J.D. in two years. The Global J.D. provides foreign lawyers with a rigorous curriculum, in-depth exposure to U.S., transnational, and international law, and extensive leadership and integrated career development opportunities, including clinics and think tanks. The program is:
The James E. Faust Law Library
The James E. Faust Law Library is dedicated to the teaching, research, and service mission of the College of Law. As the legal information repository for the University of Utah and the largest public law library in the state, the library also serves the legal information needs of the broader community. The library houses law and law-related material and serves as a selective depository for both US government and Utah documents. Most of our librarians have J.D.s as well as masters’ degrees in library science; several have also practiced law.
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