Why choose SJQ?

Why choose the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law?

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 on the critical issues of our time: climate change, conflict and security, health justice, the new frontier of family law, technology commercialization, conservation, addiction, innocence, victims’ rights, global mediation, and many others. We have also launched four innovative initiatives in leadership, cross-disciplinary training, smart technology, and global legal education. These creative intellectual investments have generated astounding results for each class of entering students.

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Early Decision Process

2020 – 2021

  • Early Decision application deadline: October 20, 2020*
    NOTE: The August 29, 2020 LSAT/LSAT Flex is the last exam considered for early decision.
  • Early Decision admission notification: November 10, 2020*

*The early decision application is a binding process; thus, if you apply, and you are subsequently admitted, you commit to enroll at and attend the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.  If you submit your completed early decision application by October 20, you will be notified of your application status on (or before) November 10.

Regular Admission Process

2020 – 2021

  • Recommended Application completion date: January 15, 2021
    NOTE: The November 7, 2020 LSAT/LSAT Flex is the last exam considered for the recommended application deadline.
  • Application completion deadline: March 10, 2021
    NOTE: The February 20, 2021 LSAT/LSAT Flex is the last exam considered for the application completion deadline.

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Among the students, there is a prevailing sense of community fostered by an open and service-oriented faculty and administration. The law school is less than a 10-minute drive or light rail ride from downtown Salt Lake City—the seat of federal, state, and local governmental bodies. Salt Lake City is the economic center of the region and is regularly voted one of America’s most livable cities. This location provides ample professional opportunities for our students, as well as superb outdoor recreational access and a strong cultural scene.

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The College of Law facilities

An innovative law school requires an innovative learning environment—that’s why the 2012 Utah Legislature approved a new 155,000-square-foot building to replace the College of Law’s current facility, which it has occupied for the past 50 years. The new building will allow the College to improve dramatically its ability to educate lawyers and leaders for the 21st century; to produce cutting-edge scholarship; and to provide vitally important service to the community.

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Salt Lake City

The University of Utah is the heterogeneous core of a community that is more cosmopolitan than most newcomers suspect. As a public institution of higher learning, diversity is something that we are committed to and strive for. We believe that that 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 in general more friendly than life on the East or West coasts.

The University of Utah 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. Members of our law school community have varied backgrounds, and include actors, physicians, social workers, biologists, military officers, and teachers. As a result, we appreciate both commonality and difference. If you choose to become a member of this intelligent, high-achieving, ambitious group, we are confident you will discover there is a place for you among our faculty, administrators, staff, and students. You are free to be yourself.

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Making the Choice

The Admissions section of our website answers important questions that will guide you throughout the process of choosing a school that’s right for you. Please view our recruitment brochure and application instructions for more information about for our program requirements. If you need further information, don’t hesitate to contact us via email or call us at 801-581-7479 or 800-444-8638 extension 1-7479.