S.J. Quinney College of Law

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S.J. Quinney College of Law
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S.J. Quinney College of Law Building
School typePublic university
Parent endowment$509,095,000[1]
DeanElizabeth Kronk Warner
LocationUniversity of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Bar pass rate86% [2]
ABA profileS.J. Quinney College of Law Profile
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The S.J. Quinney College of Law is the law school of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was established in 1913. Utah law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is accredited by the American Bar Association.[3] The 2020 US News & World Report Law School Rankings place the S.J. Quinney College of Law at 45th of 198 in the country.[4]

New Law School Building[edit]

A new $62.5 million[5] law building was opened on September 1, 2015, is LEED Platinum certified and includes a cafe, secured-access student study areas, a furnished and landscaped roof-top terrace with wifi access, and a 450-person moot courtroom.[6]

The moot courtroom of the S.J. Quinney College of Law.
The moot courtroom of the S.J. Quinney College of Law.


The law school building is located in the south-west corner of campus directly north of the stadium light rail station and Rice-Eccles Stadium, home of the two-time BCS bowl champion Utah Utes football team.[7]

Law library[edit]

The James E. Faust Law Library (formerly the S.J. Quinney Law Library) is completely integrated into the new law school building. The first, parts of the second, and the sixth floors of the building are open to the public; materials located on upper floors can be retrieved for public patrons. JD Librarians teach the research component of the Legal Methods course in the first year.


According to the widely cited USNWR 2019 Law School Rankings, the S.J. Quinney College of Law was named a "Top Tier" Law School and is currently ranked #47 out of more than 205 law schools in the United States. It is also ranked #8 in Environmental Law.[8] Several University of Utah law students have been chosen for prestigious internships and clerkships, including four graduates who have served as clerks to Supreme Court Justices.[9] Tyler R. Green, a 2005 graduate of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas during the October 2009 term.[10] Utah has the 3rd lowest student to faculty ratio at 7.3:1, behind only Yale and Stanford at 7.3:1 and 8:1, respectively.[11]

Admissions, and bar passage[edit]

There were 1,277 applicants for the incoming class of 2012 at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, and 128 students were enrolled; the incoming class had a median LSAT score of 160 and median GPA of 3.60. The 25th–75th percentile LSAT range was 156–163, and the 25th–75th percentile range for GPA was 3.41–3.76.[12]

The overall bar passage rate in 2009 was about 85.5%, with 75% passing in February and 90% passing in July.[12]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at S.J. Quinney School of Law for the 2017–2018 academic year is $26,758 for residents and $50,816 for nonresidents.[13]

Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner[edit]

In 2019 Elizabeth Kronk Warner became the 12th Dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, succeeding Robert Adler who had been in place since 2014. She is the first woman and Native American named to deanship in the school's 106-year history. [14]


Campus organizations[15] in alphabetical order include:

  • Business Law Society: a student organization for anyone interested in the law and business. Events focus on how the law and business intersect.
  • Federalist Society[16] – The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order.[17]
  • Global Justice Think Tank[18] – for research on contemporary global issues in partnership arrangements.
  • International Law Students Association[19][20]
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society[21][22] – The JRCLS is an international organization of law school students and graduates with over 65 chapters throughout the world. Although closely associated with the LDS Church, membership in the church is not required to join JRCLS.[23]
  • Jackie Chiles Law Society[24] – a student organization named after the famous Seinfeld attorney, Jackie Chiles.
  • Minority Law Caucus – a student organization at the University of Utah S.[15]
  • NRLF – Natural Resources Law Forum: Open to all S. J. Quinney students, with interests in environmental law and responsible outdoor recreation.
  • OUTLaws – The OUTLaws is an association of LGBT and allied students.[15]
  • PALS – The Persian American Legal Society (PALS), founded by solmaz copeland in 2009, is dedicated to enhancing the awareness and appreciation of Iranian and other Middle Eastern cultural traditions.[15]
  • PILO – Public Interest Law Organization. to promote scholarship, activism, and career opportunities for law students interested in working for the public interest. This includes local, state, and federal government, as well as non profits and other organizations.
  • Student Immigration Law Association (SILA) – .[25]
  • SIPLA – The Student Intellectual Property Law Association is open to all University of Utah students.
  • Sports Law Club The Sports Law Club provides a forum for students interested in sports law
  • Student Bar Association[26] – The SBA is the official student government of the S.J. Quinney College of Law. It plans student activities, organizes the mentor program for 1L students and other programs sich as social events, philanthropies, and intramural sports. The SBA also serves as the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) and elected student government of the College of Law. As voting members of the College Council, SBA Board members respresent the student body to the law school faculty and administration.[15]
  • Women's Law Caucus promotes interest in issues of particular concern to women.

Scholarly publications[edit]

The S.J. Quinney College of Law currently publishes three legal journals:[27]

  • Utah Environmental Law Review[28]
  • Utah Law Review[29]
  • Journal of Law and Family Studies[30]

Notable alumni[edit]

State Supreme Court

State Government

Federal Court

Federal Government


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  4. ^ https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings
  5. ^ "S.L. Tribune, August 22, 2015, University of Utah to debut new College of Law building".
  6. ^ "S.J. Quinney College of Law Floor Plans" (PDF). S.J. Quinney College of Law. S.J. Quinney College of Law. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Salt Lake City Named One of the "Most Livable Cities" for Workers | Utah Pulse". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
  8. ^ "University of Utah (Quinney)". Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  9. ^ "COL Graduate Tyler Green to Clerk for U.S. Supreme Court | ULaw Today | The S.J. Quinney College of Law". Archived from the original on 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
  10. ^ [2][dead link]
  11. ^ 2010 US News Law Schools leak 1 large « Above the Law: A Legal Tabloid – News and Colorful Commentary on Law Firms and the Legal Profession
  12. ^ a b Law School Profile » S.J. Quinney College of Law | University of Utah
  13. ^ "University of Utah Quinney".
  14. ^ "Elizabeth Kronk Warner joins S.J. Quinney College of Law as Dean". Faculty.utah.edu. Retrieved 2020-10-03.
  15. ^ a b c d e "Student Organizations | S.J. Quinney College of Law". Law.utah.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  16. ^ [3][dead link]
  17. ^ About Us » The Federalist Society Archived 2015-03-09 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ [4] Archived June 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "International Law Society". Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  20. ^ "Global Law Program | S.J. Quinney College of Law". Law.utah.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  21. ^ J. Reuben Clark Law Society Home
  22. ^ [5][dead link]
  23. ^ "J. Reuben Clark Law Society Conference". Archived from the original on 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
  24. ^ The Jackie Chiles Law Society
  25. ^ "Student Organizations". S.J. Quinney College of Law. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  26. ^ "Document 53". Retrieved July 30, 2009.[dead link]
  27. ^ University of Utah Academic Programs
  28. ^ Journal of Land, Resources, and Environmental Law
  29. ^ Utah Law Review
  30. ^ Journal of Law and Family Studies

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