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Within the walls of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, you’ll find stellar faculty, a diverse student body and outstanding, nationally-ranked programs in environmental law, health law and criminal law & procedure. 

And just outside those walls? You’ll find a bustling, picturesque Pac-12 campus, an up-and-coming city with a robust music and food scene, and premier ski resorts within driving distance.  

Speaking of walls, the college is housed in an airy, expansive, LEED Platinum building that recently earned an A+ rating from PreLaw magazine. This state-of-the-art structure is the latest home for the venerable, tradition-rich school that first opened its doors in 1913.

From the beginning, the college has been about breaking down walls and pushing boundaries. That legacy continues today as our students explore innovative ways to tackle critical issues like climate change, addiction, technology commercialization, global mediation and many others. 

To find out how you can “Be Your Best Here,” call 801-581-7479, or email admissions@law.utah.edu.

University of Utah Law School Diversity and Antiracism Goals


We prominently display in our moot court room a profound statement by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” We not only believe in this maxim but acknowledge that the bending of the arc will not happen without thoughtful action in pursuit of justice.

The S.J. Quinney College of Law (Utah Law) community recognizes the systemic racial injustice and implicit bias that plagues our nation. We are especially saddened and enraged by the recent killings of Black Americans under the color of law and understand that racial profiling contributes to the racial gap in our system of mass incarceration. As an example, we can look to the experiences of the Black and African American communities within the United States for instances of racial injustice and implicit bias. We acknowledge that compounding discriminatory practices have prevented the Black community to thrive: 246 years of chattel slavery, the 1921 Tulsa Massacre which decimated Black Wall Street and subsequent discriminatory policies throughout the 20th century including Jim Crow Era’s Black Codes, the murder of James Byrd, Jr., and the recent killing of George Floyd. These facts help us to understand what civil justice leaders have asked us to comprehend for generations—that systemic exclusion and injustice against Black people will not go away without action. We also acknowledge that many other communities in the United States suffer racial injustice and implicit bias, such as Latinx, Asian, and American Indian communities. We use the foregoing as examples of why it is so important to confront systemic racism.

As Dean Warner said recently: “It is not enough to lament what we are seeing with the expectation that justice may eventually prevail. We believe that we, as members and future members of the legal profession, all have a distinct role to play in making America’s future better than its past.”

As a law school we will work together to address racial and social inequities with the following actions:

(1)    Pursue the educational benefits that flow from diversity by actively recruiting, promoting, and retaining a critical mass of students, faculty, administrators, and staff from underrepresented groups, including but not limited to groups based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran status.

(2)    Identifying and addressing implicit bias in ourselves and in the College of Law community by continuing to provide and encourage antiracism training for faculty, staff, and students.

(3)    Improving recruitment of and support for students of color, women, LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities by expanding connections with student organizations that serve these students in universities and other outlets to improve our network of diverse and socially marginalized communities.

(4)    Examining our curriculum to make sure that we are educating our students about inequality and racial oppression within our justice system and in society in all disciplines.

(5)    Examining our applications and practices in hiring and admissions to consider application form questions, required materials/documents and practices that may explicitly or implicitly discourage or exclude diverse candidates and members of socially marginalized communities from applying.

(6)    Amplifying diverse voices and experiences in law school events and presentations and via our social channels and media distributions. We will work, however, to avoid tokenism.

(7)    Broadly disseminating information about University policies on reporting incidents of bias, and discrimination claims.

(8)    In an effort to foster greater diversity in the vendor pool, when the College of Law engages in a competitive purchasing process such as an invitation for bids or request for proposals, the College of Law will endeavor to provide the Purchasing Department with a list of vendors to invite to participate in the competitive process, which should include vendors that are majority owned by people of color, women, veterans, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities. Similarly, for purchases falling within the single procurement threshold pursuant to University Policy 3-100D and otherwise in accordance with University Purchasing policies, the College of Law encourages consideration of a diverse pool of vendors that include vendors that are majority owned by people of color, women, veterans, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities.

(9)    Reviewing all College of Law resources to ensure they are accessible to all members of our community, regardless of disability.

Requiring all department heads to adopt policies to disrupt systemic racism within their departments.

(10)  Adopting policies that encourage and reward efforts to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at the College of Law.

The University of Utah maintains policies that the College of Law must comply with for purchases greater than $5,000.