From young Court TV viewer to aspiring lawyer: Dominca Dela Cruz takes path of public interest law while making a difference in the community

Scott Peterson appeared in headlines daily in 2002 as he became a suspect in the disappearance of his pregnant wife, Laci, in Modesto, California. The case quickly became tabloid fodder as it played out, with grisly details emerging in the following year that pointed to Peterson’s involvement. But as the world viewed Peterson with a […]

Law school launches Low Income Taxpayer Clinic program to serve community, educate students

A new tax clinic at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law aims to provide legal services to low-income families in need of tax law help while providing law students a unique educational opportunity to gain on-the-job experience before graduation. The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic program is a matching grant program from the […]

2L Angie Portel describes summer clinical work in Ranchi, India

S.J. Quinney College of Law 2L Angie Portel is spending the summer in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India working with Maitri India as part of her Clinical coursework. Portel wrote the blog post (below) for Maitri, after interviewing migrant workers. The post was originally published on MaitriIndiaBlog.org. Right to Identity for Migrant Workers I am Angie Portel, Juris Doctor Candidate Class […]

2016 grad Walsh quoted by U. S. Commission on Civil Rights

Recent S.J. Quinney College of Law graduate Vanessa Walsh was quoted by the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights for her work with the Public Policy Clinic and the School-to-Prison Pipeline. The Oklahoma Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report following a series of panel discussions on school discipline policies and […]

Class of 2016 sets record for hours of public service and experiential learning

The S.J. Quinney College of Law class of 2016 set a new record for per-capita public service and experiential learning, averaging 122 hours per student, per year. The class earned a total of 44,809 hours of learning-service including Clinical and Pro Bono work over their 1L-3L years. High levels of student participation are a key driver of the College of Law’s rank as […]

Public Policy Clinic work cited in Deseret News op-ed

The work of the Public Policy Clinic on the School-to-Prison Pipline is cited in a May 5, 2016 op-ed in the Deseret News titled, “My view: The Youth PROMISE Act shifts focus to proactive.” At a middle school in Utah, two Native American boys were caught drinking cans of Dr. Pepper they took without permission […]

SJQ rated a top school for practical training by National Jurist

The S.J. Quinney College of Law was once again rated as one of the top law schools in the nation for practical training by The National Jurist magazine. The College of Law earned an “A” grade and was ranked 13th in the nation based on the success of our clinics, simulations, field placements and student competitions. […]

‘The most exciting experience I have had in law school’: 3L Silvers Reflects on Judicial Internship

For two semesters, 3L Angela Silvers was a judicial intern for Judge Dee Benson. After graduation, she will clerk in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. In the interview below, Silvers shares a few of her experiences as a judicial intern, shares her insights on how to prepare for an […]

College of Law ranked sixth in the nation for Public Interest

The Winter 2016 issue of PreLaw magazine ranked the S.J. Quinney College of Law sixth in the nation for Public Interest law in their annual issue, “Best Schools for Public Service.” The College of Law scored right behind Stanford, Pace University, UC Berkeley and others in preparing law students with a strong tradition of public […]

‘Always Be Ready to Learn’: 3L Jones on Interning at the Smithsonian

Alexis “Lexi” Jones, a 3L at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, is currently living in Washington, D.C. and interning at the Smithsonian Institution. In this interview, she discusses the process that took her from working for the BLM in Utah to interning in the Smithsonian’s Office of General Counsel. She also […]