College Spotlight J Reuben Clark Law School

Since its founding in 1973, the J. Reuben Clark Law School has been a dynamic part of Brigham Young University. The relationship between the University and the Law School is strong and fulfills the charge issued by then-BYU President Dallin H. Oaks in his inaugural address—that the Law School “should be part of Brigham Young University in all respects, with the law faculty and students fully participating and contributing in the intellectual and spiritual life of the University.” The benefits of this relationship are numerous. For undergraduates, benefits mean learning opportunities and direct access to an exceptional graduate program. For the Law School, benefits include direct access to an outstanding student body that is the envy of law schools across the country and whose members consistently constitute over half of each BYU Law entering class.

A law degree remains the pre-eminent degree for training leaders. BYU Law is committed to providing the type of training that prepares our students for lifetimes of service to the profession, to their communities and families, and to “those of the last wagon.”[1] We also believe lawyers can be healers, peacemakers, and problem solvers, and we bring unique religious perspectives to these dimensions of professional life. At BYU Law, inspiring leadership training is explicit with a suite of innovative reforms that produce people of ideas and influence.

One of BYU Law’s contributions to the intellectual life of undergraduates is our World of Law discussion series—an easily accessible opportunity for students to gain insights about key legal issues and potential practice areas. The series is taught by some of BYU Law’s outstanding professors who will address topics ranging from online dating and privacy to national security.

The Law School also encourages undergraduate student participation by inviting student visitors to first-year law classes.  Class visits can be scheduled online, and students interested in attending other events can stay up-to-date by liking our BYU Law Facebook page or contacting the Admissions Office to be placed on our distribution list.

Unlike many graduate programs that require specific undergraduate majors, the law school builds on analytical and communication skills developed in a wide variety of majors, and BYU Law attracts students from the gamut of BYU’s strong academic programs. The students in this fall’s entering class represent 51 different majors, ranging from English to Economics to Engineering, among many others. We encourage potential students to engage and excel in intellectual pursuits that align with their particular interests, knowing that the law embraces all disciplines and is intertwined with virtually every field of academic endeavor.

With BYU undergraduates as key contributors to its reputation and ranking, BYU Law continues to excel not only in fulfilling its mission to teach the laws of men in the light of the laws of God, but also in ways measured on more secular terms. With its many cutting-edge initiatives that are preparing students for the future, BYU Law is ranked among the top 20 most innovative law schools.

Our high academic standards coupled with high bar passage rates and low tuition costs have also earned BYU Law ranking among the top 20 law schools for value by the National Jurist. Our low tuition costs and generously endowed scholarships have resulted in the best salary to debt ratio in the nation, and we are the #3 law school in the country for graduates with the least debt. Thanks to generous contributions, over 75% of the entering class received merit scholarships in 2019.

With 90% of the Class of 2018 obtaining full-time employment, the successful placement of our graduates is testament to the extensive support provided by our national and international network of alumni and Clark Law Society members. The Law School offers innovative opportunities for practical training—from a Community Law Clinic housed at Deseret Industries to a Legal Design Lab, BYU Law enables students to use their legal skills to aid communities and innovate across industries. BYU Law also offers first-year students accelerated practical skills training to advance their professional experience through several academies including: Trial Academy, Deals Academy in New York City, Appellate Academy in Washington, D.C. and a Start-up Academy in Silicon Valley where expert attorneys mentor students in intensive, week-long, simulation experiences.

We continue to rely on a dynamic and highly qualified contingent of BYU undergraduates to complete their graduate studies at BYU Law, where we are deeply committed to professional excellence as well as the ideal that this is compatible with a life of faith.

[1] From an address given by President J. Reuben Clark, October 5, 1947 and reprinted in the Ensign, July 1997.