Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning—learning through practical experience—is a critical component of every student’s training at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. In experiential courses, including in-house clinics, externships, and simulations, students get hands-on experience and individualized training that bridges the gap between the classroom and real-world lawyering. All students must complete six credits of experiential coursework before graduating. Many students choose to do more. 


In-House Clinics

Our in-house clinics allow students to assume the role of a lawyer and represent clients under close supervision of faculty. In clinics, students learn through real-world lawyering work, intensive seminars, and regular meetings with faculty supervisors who offer support tailored for each student’s development and learning goals.

Externships

In externships, students gain practical skills and substantive training under the supervision of licensed attorneys in the field while earning academic credit. S.J. Quinney has a wide variety of externship placements in more than a dozen different areas of law and new placements are developed every semester.


Simulations

Simulation courses use assignments and role-plays based on real legal matters to help students practice and develop lawyering skills in a classroom setting with faculty supervision and feedback.


FAQs

  • When can I begin taking experiential courses?
    • Students may enroll for experiential courses starting the summer after their 1L year
  • Are experiential courses required?
    • A minimum of six experiential credit hours are required for graduation.
  • How do I apply for an in-house clinic or externship?
    • To apply, students are required to complete an application form and submit it with a copy of their resume and a short statement of interest. Students applying for judicial, appellate, or New Ventures placements will also be required to submit a transcript release and a writing sample.
    • Most opportunities are considered “open enrollment” but some have limited availability, which will require the supervising faculty member to decide which students will benefit most from the experience. Judicial externs are selected by the judge.
  • Is there a limit on the number of experiential courses I can take?
    • There is no cap on in-house clinic or simulation credits.
    • Externships are capped at 14 credits. This credit limitation does not include graded credit received for participation in the accompanying academic course.


Credit Requirements

Students must competently complete 50 hours of relevant legal work for every 1 credit (P/F) awarded in an externship or in-house clinic. Most clinics/externships require 100-150 hours of work over the course of a semester (which equates to approximately 7-10 hours of work per week) to receive 2 or 3 (P/F) credits. 


Contact Information


In-House Clinics Externships Simulations

Professor Anna E. Carpenter

Director of Clinical Programs

anna.carpenter@law.utah.edu

801-581-7338

Room 4229

 

Ashley Mendoza

Associate Director of Clinical Programs

ashley.mendoza@law.utah.edu

801-213-8754

Room 4231

Professor Amelia Rinehart

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

amelia.rinehart@law.utah.edu

801-581-6034

Room 4245