Above the Law ranks Utah Law no. 10 among public law schools and no. 25 overall

Jun 30, 2023 | General

Light-filled interior of S.J. Quinney College of Law building, with students sitting at wood desks studying adjacent to a grid of windowsAbove the Law, a website featuring news and insights about the world of law, recently ranked the S.J. Quinney College of Law number 25 on its 11th annual Top 50 Law School Rankings list. Excluding private law schools, S.J. Quinney ranks number 10 on this list.

To determine its Top 50, Above the Law uses the following methodology:

  • Quality Jobs Score (40%): This component measures the school’s success at placing students in careers that help them pay off student debt
  • Employment Score (30%): Above the Law totals the number of full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage
  • Education Cost: (10%): The investment for law school also factors regional adjustments for cost of living
  • Debt Per Graduate (10%): This represents a three-year average of the average amount of debt per graduate
  • SCOTUS Clerk and Federal Judgeship Scores (5% each): Above the Law looks at each school’s graduates as a percentage of all U.S. Supreme Court clerks (since 2018) and current Article III judges, adjusting scores for the size of the school

Arturo Thompson, Assistant Dean of Career Development, is excited about the Above the Law ranking and says he and his team are lucky to serve the S.J. Quinney students.

“Because the school is small, we get to know each student as in individual and can help them build a unique plan based on what they want from their life, not just a job,” he says. “Our real role is as counsel, offering guidance and helping students chart a course forward that prioritizes what they want from their lives, not just from a job. We can support them in that way because we have an incredible team that loves what we do, immense support from the dean and faculty, and a class size of right around 100 students a year.”

Thompson notes that because students choose their own plans, they are determined and flexible in finding a path forward when they encounter an unexpected challenge.

“At the end of the day, it is our students who get the credit. They are open, creative, kind, and determined,” he says. “In short, our students are exactly the kind of people that firms, agencies, and others want to hire.”

See the Top 50 Law School Rankings: abovethelaw.com/top-law-schools-2023.