2017-2018 General Catalog 
    May 20, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Law

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S.J. Quinney College of Law Member, Association of American Law Schools, and approved, American Bar Association

College Office: 383 University Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Phone: 801-581-6833
Fax: 801-581-6897
Email: admissions@law.utah.edu

Dean: Robert W. Adler, J.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Lincoln L. Davies, J.D.
Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid: Reyes Aguilar, Jr., J.D.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Barbara J. Dickey, J.D., M.A.

The S.J. Quinney College of Law prepares students for law practice in any common-law jurisdiction and for participation in government and community life.

Centers and Institutes

Center for Innovation in Legal Education
Center for Global Justice
Center for Law and Biomedical Science
National Center for Justice Academy
National Criminal Justice Academy
Wallace Stegner Center

Degree Types

Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Master of Laws (LL.M.)


J.D. Degree Program

The J.D. Degree Program at the S.J. Quinney College of Law is a graduate degree program. Courses offered are limited to students who have been admitted to the college. Permission to take courses may be granted to other individuals on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to the S.J. Quinney College of Law Web site, www.law.utah.edu, for further information.

Students fulfilling the requirements for graduation from the S.J. Quinney College of Law are awarded Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees. Requirements include completion of all courses prescribed for the first year as well as Legal Profession, Constitutional Law II, at least one seminar, and a perspective course. A minimum of 88 semester hours of law course work must be completed with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (C). Detailed information on current offerings can be obtained from the S.J. Quinney College of Law Web site.

Prelegal Study

No specific course of study is required for admission to the S.J. Quinney College of Law, and there is no prescribed pre-legal program. Your academic qualifications for legal study are demonstrated, in significant part, by your entire academic record and Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score.

You should follow an undergraduate program that equips you with the intellectual tools needed for the study and practice of law. These include the ability to express concepts clearly, the capacity to read concentrated materials with precise understanding and attention to detail, and the power to reason analytically and logically, weigh facts, and solve problems.

Because of the intensive character of law study, it is essential that you have efficient study habits. You should choose courses taught by instructors who insist on high standards of intellectual performance. It is vital that pre-law students master the English language.

Students wishing individual assistance in planning their programs are advised to consult the preprofessional advising coordinator in the Academic Advising Center, 450 SSB. College bulletins are available by mail from the law school, or visit our Web site at www.law.utah.edu for complete admissions information.

LL.M. Degree Program

The LL.M. degree in environmental and resource law is a graduate law program designed for students who have received their first law degree (typically a J.D.) and want to pursue further study of natural resources, environmental, public lands, or energy law. This is a full-time, one-year program requiring the completion of 24 semester credit hours.

Inquiries concerning the law school and admissions procedure should be directed to: Admissions, S. J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, 383 University Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, 581-7479, www.law.utah.edu

Program and Course Offerings


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