Graduation Spotlight: Brock Mason

What is the place of religion in public life? For Brock Mason, ‘22, this question was at the center of dissertation for his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and a central reason he came to BYU Law. A highlight for Mason during law school was working as a research fellow at BYU Law’s International Center for Law and Religious Studies, where he assisted in projects related to religious freedom and protection and the intersection of those rights with the interests of the  LGBTQ+ community. “I love political philosophy and international human rights,” Mason says. “My law degree will give me the opportunity to make a direct hands-on contribution in these areas.”

After graduation Mason will join Covington & Burling LLP, a multinational law firm in Washington, DC, that advises clients on public policy matters. The firm also provides pro bono legal work in human rights issues which Mason hopes to be involved with long term. While at BYU Law, he was able to work in the International Human Rights Clinic led by Professor David Moore, who was elected as an interim member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee in 2021. “In the clinic we heard individual cases of people who had been wronged or tortured by their government. That semester we were able to help write opinions for the Committee. That experience was right in my area of interest and very meaningful work to do.” 

Mason credits the support of his wife, Jessica, and the friendships he has forged in the BYU Law community for helping him succeed at this stage of his educational journey. “During law school I have developed really incredible friendships with my peers. Being surrounded by good people has made all the difference.”


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