Utah Law ranks No. 10 on preLaw magazine’s list of best value law schools

Oct 12, 2023 | General

College of Law building with black U sculpture in frontPreLaw magazine recently ranked S.J. Quinney College of Law no. 10 on its list of best value law schools. Each law school is ranked based on bar exam performance, overall education cost, and graduate employment rates.

“We work hard to keep the price of attendance manageable, always keeping students in mind whenever we make decisions that potentially raise their debt,” Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner says. “We want all of our graduates to leave the college of law feeling that it was time well spent in terms of their intellectual pursuits, skill set growth and personal development. The monetary component is one way in which we measure the educational value we provide, but not the only way.”

Warner points out that S.J. Quinney also offers many resources to support and maintain students’ mental health, including an on-site therapist, free yoga classes and a mindfulness app. The optional three-credit Mindful Lawyering course is also popular.

“We believe student debt can play a role in poor mental health, which is one of the reasons we work to keep costs as low as possible,” Warner says.

2L Seth LaPray says he chose to attend S.J. Quinney because of the financial assistance he received—95 percent of the class of 2023 received merit scholarships, up from 71 percent in 2019—and individualized attention during the application process.

“Before I even accepted the school’s offer, Associate Dean of Admissions Reyes Aguilar spent an hour on a Zoom call with me, answering my questions and explaining the financial assistance package,” LaPray recalls in the article.

Employment opportunities also cemented LaPray’s decision to attend S.J. Quinney.

“The proximity to downtown Salt Lake City provides access to a number of law firms,” he says. “I’m hoping to secure a position in one of the firms after I graduate.”

Read the full preLaw magazine article (S.J. Quinney is mentioned on pages 24-26).