College of Law Ranks Third in PreLaw Mag’s List of Top Externship Schools

September 2, 2013 — An article in the new issue of Prelaw magazine ranks the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law third among the top 25 schools in the nation for externship opportunities.

Bob Adler, Interim Dean of the College of Law, said that the College’s ranking reinforces what students and employers already know— that the College offers an extremely wide range of opportunities for experiential learning.  “Through our clinical and pro bono programs, we are committed to helping students gain practical skills as well as knowledge, while also serving our community. Our in-depth approach allows students to pursue their passions in a range of areas from criminal law to intellectual property, environmental law to disability, and health law to business. Upon graduating, our students are superbly prepared for practice.“

Among the top five schools on the PreLaw list, the College of Law is distinguished by a number of factors. It’s the only school located in a capital city with no other law schools present, thus providing more opportunities only available in a city that is the seat of government.  It has the best faculty-to-student ratio and the highest U.S. News ranking among the top five schools.   Also, in that elite group, it has the second-lowest student debt.

Noting the rapid growth of externships at law schools nationwide, the article said that, “29 law schools reported a percentage of externship opportunities to full-time students at high­er than 40 percent. That is up from only ten schools in 2011.”

The ranking’s data was taken from the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA­ Approved Law Schools, 2013 Edition.