S.J. Quinney College of Law

Celebrating 100 Years of
Legal Education (1913-2013)

About the Clinical Program

Credit Requirements: A student must competently complete 50 hours of relevant legal work for every 1 credit (P/F) awarded in a clinic. Most clinic placements require 100 or 150 hours of work in a semester (which equates to 7-10 hours of work per week) to receive 2 or 3 (P/F) credits. A student may earn up to 14 credits toward graduation from clinical placement work. This credit limitation does not include graded credit received for participation in the accompanying academic course.

To Enroll:  Although judicial students are selected by the supervising judges, most other clinics are “open enrollment.” Occasionally a clinic (or placement in a clinic) has limited space and the supervising faculty member decides which students will best be able to benefit from the experience.  Applications are only accepted via hard copies and may be turned into the Clinical Program mail box in the front office or the Clinical Program Office located in Room 185.

Two clinics are offered every semester to develop basic skills for and insights about the practice of law:

  • Judicial Clinic placements with Judicial Process class (Fall or Spring) or Legal Writing for Judicial Clerks and Interns (Summer)
  • Civil Clinic placements with Lawyering Skills Survey class (every term)

Five clinics focus on particular practice areas or service projects where all the students in the class are simultaneously doing clinic work:

Eleven clinics provide a variety of other clinical opportunities that permit students to add a live experience to a related course when that course is taught (or subsequent term):

Individual student-arranged clinics are accompanied by a directed study class.

Contact the Clinical Program Office for more information via email or

  • Professor Linda F. Smith, Clinical Program Director, Room 225, (801) 581-4077
  • Kay Shelton, Associate Director, Room 185, (801) 585-7703
  • The other involved faculty member(s) listed below each clinic description