S.J. Quinney College of Law

Celebrating 100 Years of
Legal Education (1913-2013)

Degree Programs

 

J.D.

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, 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 affords students the chance to perform uncompensated public interest work with a practicing attorney acting as mentor and partner. Furthermore, joint degrees in law and business administration or public administration, and an environmental certificate are available. In addition, we provide a comprehensive program in appellate litigation and trial advocacy. Click here for more information on applying to the J.D. program.

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LL.M.

The S.J. Quinney College of Law was 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 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.

Additional information regarding the LL.M. program can be found on the Stegner Center Degree Programs page.

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J.D./M.B.A. Dual Degree Program

The S.J. 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 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.

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 must take the LSAT for the law program and GMAT for the M.B.A program. 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, or
  • 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 enrolling in 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. For more information on the M.B.A. program, please visit http://mba.business.utah.edu/.

Students will pay College of Law tuition for law school courses and M.B.A. tuition for business school courses. Tuition information is available at http://fbs.admin.utah.edu/income/tuition/.

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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.

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. The M.P.A. program will accept LSAT scores in lieu of a GRE score. Please contact the M.P.A. office for more information.

Applicants interested in pursuing the J.D./M.P.A joint degree are encouraged to apply to both programs at the same time. However, 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 toward the law degree. The College of Law will not give law credit for an M.P.A. course unless the applicant has 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.

For more information on the M.P.A. program, please visit http://mpa.utah.edu/prospective-students/index.php. Students will pay College of Law tuition for law school courses and regular graduate tuition (resident or non resident) for M.P.A. courses. Tuition information is available at http://fbs.admin.utah.edu/income/tuition/.

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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.

Students can earn both the MPP and JD in a four-year period. Individuals considering a career in policymaking in government, nonprofits, and in the private sector that require professional training in both legal and policy analysis are encouraged to apply. To apply for the joint degree program, students must submit separate admissions applications to the College of Law and the MPP program meeting the requirements for each. Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other. Please contact the MPP office for information on their standardized test requirements. Students are encouraged to apply to both programs at the same time, however, a law student may apply to the MPP program during their first year of law school and thus be able to complete the joint degree program. Students are required to satisfy the regular admissions requirements for each program and be accepted into each program.

Students spend their first year in the joint program at the Law School completing the required units of law courses. During the second, third and fourth years, students are able to take law and/or public policy courses. Students may count up to nine credit hours of College of Law class work toward fulfilling the 40 credit-hour requirement of the MPP degree, and may count up to twelve credit hours of MPP class work toward fulfilling the 88 credit-hour requirement of the JD degree. Upon completion of all requirements of both programs, students earn two separate degrees, a JD degree awarded by the College of Law and a MPP degree awarded by the College of Social and Behavioral Science.

The overall credit requirements for both degrees is reduced by 21 credit hours, and students can expect to complete the two degrees in approximately eight semesters of full-time study. Students admitted in the JD/MPP Joint Degree Program must complete all JD and all MPP requirements before either degree will be awarded. For more information on the MPP program, please visit http://mpp.utah.edu/degree-links/jd-mpp.php.

Students will pay College of Law tuition for law school courses and regular graduate tuition (resident or nonresident) for public policy courses. Tuition information is available at http://fbs.admin.utah.edu/income/tuition/.

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J.D./M.S.W. Dual Degree Program

The J.D./M.S.W. program is based on the premise that, because there is complementary intellectual benefit from studying law and social work in a coordinated program, a student enrolled in the joint degree program should be allowed to earn both degrees in less time and with a lower overall credit requirement than a student enrolled in each school or program independently. Accordingly, students enrolled in the joint degree program may count up to 12 credit hours of College of Law course work towards fulfilling the 60 credit-hour requirement of the M.S.W. degree, and may count up to 12 credit hours of M.S.W. course 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.S.W. degree awarded by the College of Social Work.

Because the overall credit requirements for both degrees may be reduced by up to 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. However, a student enrolled in the J.D./M.S.W. Joint Degree Program must complete all J.D. and all M.S.W. requirements before either degree will be awarded. For more information, please visit the following links: http://www.socwk.utah.edu/msw/mswjdjoint.html; http://www.law.utah.edu/documents/j-d-m-s-w/.

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Parallel J.D. Program

The S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Parallel Degree program allows students to complement their legal training by receiving J.D. credit for eligible courses taken outside the College of Law. The new program complements the College’s preexisitng cross-training opportunities:

  • One-sixth of each entering class comes to the College with advanced training in another field.
  • Many courses in the College are taught or co-taught by professors from other fields.
  • We offer four formal dual degree programs: the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Public Policy (MPP), and Master of Social Work (MSW).

Through the new offering of the parallel degree program, we provide additional opportunities to pursue the most flexible cross-training program in any law school. This program allows students to build expertise at the intersection of law and other vitally important disciplines, from accounting to environmental science, from computer science to communications, from public health to city planning.

Students may receive up to 12 hours of J.D. credit for coursework in a Masters or Ph.D. program of their choice. Strong academic advising and a capstone experience provide support for getting the greatest benefit from this opportunity.

Requirements:

  • The student must demonstrate that the parallel degree is relevant to his or her legal education and career planning goals and is sufficiently rigorous to justify the granting of J.D. credit.
  • The courses must be graduate level courses offered in the program to which the student has been admitted.
  • The student has petitioned for and received prior approval from the College of Law before enrolling in parallel degree graduate courses for which J.D. credit is sought.
  • The courses must be taken after the student has matriculated at the College of Law.
  • The student must receive a “B” or better in the courses.
  • The student must be simultaneously matriculated in both programs for at least two semesters.

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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:

  • Small and personalized – no more than five participants will be admitted each year.
  • Time and Cost-Efficient – students who maintain the required GPA during the first year have the opportunity to complete the program in two years, with the first year devoted to the required courses and the second allowing for individualized course selection.
  • Innovative – the Global J.D. offers advanced training in specialized areas that include innovation, environmental law, criminal justice, family law, and global justice.
  • Supportive – Global J.D. students have access to personal guidance and professional support for integrated language instruction and professional opportunities.

Requirements:
Candidates are required to have a foreign law degree that makes them eligible to practice law in their home country and is at least the foreign equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree. Candidates are required to satisfy the College of Law international J.D. application requirements and follow the regular application process. This includes taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the TOEFL, if necessary. Click here for more information on applying to the program. The College of Law may require an interview for candidates and will facilitate an expedited process in order to allow for meeting visa deadlines and arranging for English language classes to be taken during the summer, if necessary. Consistent with ABA rules, Global J.D. students will receive one or two semester(s) worth of credit for their prior foreign legal education. However, instead of enrolling in the second and third year curriculum, the law school will place these foreign lawyers in the first-year program, thus putting them on an equal playing field with their U.S. counterparts.

The first-year program will give foreign lawyers the foundational experience they cannot gain exclusively in an upper classroom curriculum, evaluations that are comparable to any other J.D. student in the country, complete socialization and integration, and full access to student organizations as well as journal and clinical opportunities. After completion of the first-year curriculum and posting of grades, the students’ performance at the College of Law will be evaluated. Based on that evaluation and a review of the students’ foreign law school academic record, the College of Law will determine whether to grant credits for the students’ prior educational training. Students who achieve at least a 2.75 GPA after the first year will be granted up to one-year of credit (30 credits) for their prior legal study. Global J.D. students will focus their first summer and second year on advanced training in a specialized area.

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