Our students come to law school ready to learn.
They leave ready to change the world.
With one of the lowest student-to-full-time-faculty ratios of any law school, we provide a personalized education that allows every student to achieve their best—no one gets lost in the crowd.
Here, you can craft an education based on your interests. With classes and seminars in subjects as wide-ranging as adoption law to water law, we offer something for just about anyone’s passion.
We pride ourselves in our small classes, engaged teaching, and active learning style. Our accomplished faculty includes some of the nation’s leading legal scholars, who love to see their students thrive, inquire, and succeed. Within this setting, students here know and feel our core mission: To make sure that every student has the best opportunities possible to succeed.
In creating opportunities for success, there’s simply no substitute for experience. That’s why we integrate hands-on learning into our curriculum, including courses about the business and practice of law, litigation, legal drafting, negotiating, conflict management and resolution, and other practice skills.
Our clinics, pro bono opportunities, research centers, and other service learning programs give students real-world training to complement their academic work, allowing them to fully understand—and integrate—the theory, substance, and practice of law.
The expertise of our faculty is vast, and the course topics they teach are varied. Our faculty have argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, testified before Congress, and served as high-ranking government officials. They have written leading law textbooks, served as U.S. Supreme Court clerks, and write regulation and policy. As practicing lawyers, our faculty have worked in nationally recognized law firms, public interest organizations, and actively engage in pro bono services. As recognized experts, they regularly discuss law and policy on major media outlets like MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and Fox News, and author op-eds in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and others.
Centers of excellence
Centers of excellence at the S.J. Quinney College of Law offer opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate on specialized research, community engagement, and study in niche areas of expertise and interest. The Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment (Stegner Center) boasts one of the top environmental law programs in the nation. The Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences (LABS) brings law, intellectual property, new ventures, ethics, sciences and medicine together across the University of Utah’s Tier-1 research programs.
For students, these centers offer scholarships and fellowships, summer clerkships, service project involvement, internships at law firms and participation in events that draw experts from around the globe. Students can gain related hands-on experience by participating in pro bono clinics and moot court competitions, like the prestigious Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition or the Giles S. Rich IP Moot Court Competition. Students also gain invaluable insight into specialized areas of legal practice, helping them network and plan for their future legal careers.
The College’s Clinical Program provides hands-on experience while students earn academic credit. National Jurist magazine recently ranked the College among the top schools in the nation for externship opportunities. Clinics include a classroom component, so students are prepared for their clinical legal work and have a forum to reflect on their experiences. Some clinics emphasize local community engagement, while others offer national or international experiences. Clinics give students an unparalleled opportunity to engage in different areas of legal practice where they can find their inspired career field. Many students enroll in several different clinics during their academic careers.
Beginning their first year, students are eligible to work with the Pro Bono Initiative (PBI)—a voluntary program—to connect what they learn in the classroom with real-world clients and issues. PBI provides students with rich opportunities to engage and serve the community, while building lawyering skills.