College of Law Expands International Focus with Two-Year Global J.D. Program for Foreign Lawyers

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, already renowned for combining classical legal education with a major international focus, is expanding its reach with a two-year Global J.D. Program for foreign lawyers.

Dean Hiram Chodosh believes this is the ideal time for an innovative program of this type. “The College offers a robust international curriculum and hundreds of service opportunities, including global clinics and think tanks focusing on international commercial and global justice issues,” he said. “We have a world-class faculty in banking, finance, bankruptcy, security, health, environment, trade, transnational business and litigation, as well as in mediation and arbitration.  By drawing on our programmatic innovations and the strength of our globally renowned faculty, the two-year Global J.D. program will provide an exceptional experience for participants.”

Chodosh stressed that the College’s other attributes, including small class size, low student-to-faculty ratio, and high multi-lingual student population, will contribute to students’ exceptional experience.  The program also offers practical advantages over a three-year legal education, not the least of which is the elimination of the final year. “This program is not only shorter, making it easier to obtain a visa, but it’s also less expensive and fully socializes our international students,“ Chodosh said. “Students will have full opportunities for clinics, journals, competitions, and career placement services.”

The Global J.D. Program has a separate admissions process. Once admitted, participants complete the first year doctrinal courses with other first year students. During the second year, Global JD students focus on developing clinical and subject matter expertise.  Upon completing the second year, program participants are fully qualified to take any U.S. bar exam and are evaluated on a level playing field with U.S. lawyers, according to Chodosh. For more information on the program, contact Reyes Aguilar, Associate Dean for Admissions, at or visit the College’s Degree Programs page.

Global J.D. Program

J.D. with Advanced Standing

J.D. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers