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Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School

The purpose of the BYU Juris Doctor program is to teach students the laws of men in the light of the laws of God. It seeks to provide a rigorous and intellectually challenging legal education that prepares students to function in the wide range of activities that occupy a lawyer's professional life.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 426
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 158 - 165
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.4 - 3.85
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 89.91%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90.5%
In State Tuition $10,950
Out of State Tuition $21,900

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Overview

About Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School

The purpose of the BYU Juris Doctor program is to teach students the laws of men in the light of the laws of God. It seeks to provide a rigorous and intellectually challenging legal education that prepares students to function in the wide range of activities that occupy a lawyer's professional life.

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Law students at Brigham Young University love the “small class sizes,” “superb” aca­demic experience, and the “lowest tuition that you’ll find anywhere for a respected law school.” Add “great professors” to the mix and you’ve got the makings of a solid law school experience. “BYU has a great faculty with amazing credentials” (several faculty have moved from top schools and have clerked for the Supreme Court), and “all faculty members are incredibly student-oriented,” says a 2L. The school doesn’t hedge on the quality of 1L professors either. “The school uses some of its brightest and best faculty to teach first-year classes,” explains a 1L. “I have had multiple professors who were previ­ously U.S. Supreme Court clerks as professors in each semester.” Professors here are “always open to meeting with students,” some going so far as to give out “cell phone numbers in class.” “[Professors] take time to attend law school events and make genuine efforts to know students, especially if students are willing to get involved and meet pro­fessors halfway,” says a 2L. Students find the administration “transparent in its policies and responsive to students’ needs and concerns.” The administration “doesn’t please all the students all the time, of course, but my sense is that the school wants to satisfy its students as well as prospective employers and works hard to do so.”Students are quick to point out that for the “minimal tuition price,” the “value of the education” at BYU Law “can’t be beat.” That said, nearly all agree that a “broader range of courses” is needed. In addition to more classes, many note that they could benefit from “a more robust clinical program.” “[BYU Law] places a lot of emphasis on externships—and the externship program is pretty awesome—but we could gain a lot more practical experience with on-campus clinical opportunities,” says a 2L. Finally, some students would like a school as religious as BYU to be, well, more religious. “I have only had one professor who legitimately integrated gospel aspects into law teaching, and it was only very briefly,” says a 2L. “I know many people wonder if BYU Law School is like Sunday School, but I can say it definitely is not.”Most students believe that BYU is “a ‘law firm’ school” since “that is where most people end up and that is mostly who comes to campus to interview.” “I have sought advice on non-firm careers, and have obtained little useful help from BYU thus far,” says a 3L. “Both my summer jobs have come from my own work and connections.” Regardless, students appreciate the “helpful” Career Services Office, though they “could do a better job mar­keting the school and its students to the larger, regional firms outside of Utah.” The “networking” and “benefits” of “the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the alumni” are also a plus for BYU Law job hunters. The school boasts “Internet connection in all the classrooms,” “personal study space” (i.e., everyone has their “own individual desk in the library”), and overall “great” facilities. “The law building itself is a bit dated” (circa 1973), but “They’re progressively renovating,” says a 1L. The administration has recently built a state-of-the-art moot court room, and all classrooms, carrels, study rooms, and sitting areas in the library have wire­less Internet and computer power jacks. Plenty of students find themselves wishing for a “face-lift” for the building and classrooms, but, as one 2L explains, “When I am paying 70 percent less [in tuition] than my colleagues are at peer schools, I guess I cannot complain.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 3

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 146

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA; JD/MPA; JD/MAcc; JD/MEd (education); JD/MPP each 4 years; JD/EdD (education) 5 years.

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 85
Full-Time Faculty 24
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 15
Part-Time Faculty 46
Faculty Gender 72% Male
27% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 63% Male
37% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 77%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2%
Multi-racial 2%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $10,950 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,412 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $22,362 $10,950

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $21,900 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,412 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $33,312 $21,900

Financial Aid

90% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$24,026 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 26

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 158 - 165
LSAT Total 158 - 165

Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.4 - 3.85
Total 3.4 - 3.85

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#2 Most Competitive Students
#3 Most Conservative Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 79%
First Time Pass Rate 90%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 83%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 60
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90%
Average Starting Salary $70,750
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 24 18%
Firm Sized 11-25 6 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 6 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 4 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 4%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 5 4%
Business Industry 26 20%
Government 17 13%
Public Interest 6 5%
Federal Clerkship 7 5%
State Clerkship 17 13%
Academia 6 5%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 6 4%
Unemployed, Seeking 7 5%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 5%
CA 10%
UT 53%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School include:

  • Steve Young - Former quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
  • Dee V. Benson - Senior Judge, Federal District Court, Utah
  • Jay Bybee - US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • N. Randy Smith - US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Mike Lee - US Senator

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