BYU Law Experience

Mackenzie Cannon Learns Nuances of Civil Law During Externship in Madrid

When BYU Law student, Mackenzie Cannon (1L), accepted a position in the dispute resolution department at Hogan Lovells’ Madrid office, she was excited to learn about the differences between Spanish law and American law. As a civil law country, Spain structures trials differently with judges taking a more active role. Judges are able to object […]

BYU Law Students Engage in Civil Rights Leadership Tour in Washington, D.C.

This spring, thirteen BYU Law student research fellows embarked on an accelerated three-day leadership study tour in Washington, D.C. Students were accompanied by members of the BYU Law Council of Inspiring Leaders (CIL) who sponsored the tour. The council is comprised of experienced leaders who donate their time and money to mentor current law students. […]

Mike McKinley Clerks in Washington, D.C. on Summer Externship

When Mike McKinley visited Washington, D.C. five years ago, he knew he wanted to come back. He was fascinated by the capital’s unique blend of impressive individuals from every state and country and the differing perspectives they offered. This summer, McKinley’s wish to return to Washington, D.C. was fulfilled when he accepted an externship position […]

BYU Law Students Sharpen Litigation Skills in Immersive Trial Academy

Simon J. McHenry and Emily Walter, first-year law students at BYU Law, completed their last final exam on Thursday, April 25, 2019. While most students on campus took the chance to celebrate and relax after exam week, McHenry and Walter were sent a civil court case to review before starting BYU Law’s Trial Academy—an intensive, […]

BYU Law Students Experience Transactional Law in New York City

BYU Law understands the importance of creating hands-on learning opportunities for students early in their academic careers. For this purpose, BYU Law partnered with Kirkland & Ellis in New York City, to create an immersive, multi-day dealmaking program facilitating students through the process of mergers and acquisitions. The Deals Academy, an innovative approach to teaching […]

Law & Social Change Student Panel

“How do I lift my vision of how I can be of greater service?” -Professor Michalyn Steele The final Law and Social Change event of the academic year was a panel of students who shared how they got proximate with those in need of legal assistance through various social projects. Third-year law student, Carly Huchendorf, […]

Graduation Spotlight: Luisa Gough

Before starting law school, Luisa Gough, ’19, was nervous that she would stick out because she was older, a mother, and had no prior work experience. “I felt like as a mom going to law school, I needed a community of support to help me survive this,” Gough said. She quickly found her community amongst […]

Graduation Spotlight: Athelia Graham

Athelia Graham, ’19, was constantly interacting with immigrants throughout her childhood due to her father’s position as the Director of the English Language Center at Brigham Young University and as a linguistics professor. “[My dad] was heavily involved in helping immigrants learn English, so we had many people come to our house for dinner,” Graham […]

Graduation Spotlight: Brianna Rosier

Even before coming to BYU Law, Brianna Rosier, ’19, recognized the vital importance of advocacy. This realization came, in part, while working with autistic students in a classroom setting. Although she appreciated her ability to help the students, Rosier observed that there were limits to the influence she could have in that sphere. A legal […]

Graduation Spotlight: Scott Balsmeier

Scott Balsmeier, ’19, learned the value of hard work and investing in family relationships as he worked at his family’s janitorial services company throughout his childhood. When he was 13 years old, Balsmeier’s father unexpectedly passed away. He was left with a strong work ethic as well as his father’s example of resilience and persistence. […]

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