BYU Law Experience

Welcome, Class of 2021!

Last week, 100 new law students were introduced to the next three years of their lives as the class of 2021 was welcomed to BYU Law. The annual Intro to Law orientation began with words from Wendy Archibald, Dean of Students. “Look around the room,” she said. “These are strangers now… but mark my words, […]

Inspiring Leadership: Mentoring High School Students

Law students are accustomed to rigorous coursework, challenging internships, and complex issues. This year, some will tackle an entirely different challenge: serving as grad mentors and supervising high school students during the annual BYU Civics, Law, and Leadership Youth Camp.  “My role is to enable students to succeed,” said J.R. Iler, a third-year law student […]

BYU Law 2018 Graduation

Graduating law students gathered with the rest of the university for Commencement on April 26 and listened to Elder Jeffrey R. Holland urge them to leave BYU and go out to provide a light in the world. “You have entered to learn,” he said. “Now go forth to serve and strengthen.” On April 27, graduates […]

Graduation Spotlight: Lisha Lisonbee

SBA President, Trial Advocacy, Journal of Public Law Lisha Lisonbee loved the mountains and wildlife and thought she found the perfect fit when she started college as a wildlife ecology and management major. Her dream of herding bison remained strong, but an English class sparked a new interest. “One day I had a debate in an […]

Graduation Spotlight: Ryan Lewis

Blockchain, Law Review, Moot Court, LawX, Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic While participating in a summer externship at Davis Polk in New York, BYU Law student Ryan Lewis was introduced to blockchain: an algorithm and distributed data structure for managing electronic cash without a central administrator. According to Lewis, blockchain is a complicated way of decentralizing the […]

Graduation Spotlight: Elise Faust

Law Review, Supreme Court Clinic, Moot Court, Judicial Externships Teaching and learning are integral parts of Elise Faust’s life. In the fourth grade, she set her course to teach history. By the age of 21, she earned a master’s degree in education from Columbia University and went on to teach high school for seven years […]

Graduation Spotlight: Mark Hammond

Licensed Patent Agent, IP Moot Court, Student IP Law Association As Mark Hammond completed an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, his desire for broader exposure to new technologies, more significant opportunities for writing, and improved control over his future made a career in intellectual property (“IP”) compelling. After shadowing patent attorneys and sitting in on a […]

Graduation Spotlight: Ben Aldana

BYU Law graduating student Ben Aldana’s path to law school was far from traditional. “I shouldn’t be in law school,” he said. “In February of 2010 I was released from federal prison; I had just spent over six years incarcerated on drug-related charges. Before prison, my life was one of criminal activity and drug use. […]

Graduation Spotlight: Grant Jones

Law Review, Minority Students Association, Judicial Externships After four years teaching as a sixth grade teacher in North Carolina, Grant Jones knew it was time to pursue a long time dream—law school. As he began his journey to law school, he believed that the skills he had cultivated during his time as an educator would not transfer […]

Graduation Spotlight: Karina Osgood

Air Force JAG, Moot Court, Immigration Detention Center BYU Law graduating student Karina Osgood is one of approximately fifteen law students across the nation accepted in 2017 to participate in the Air Force ROTC one-year program in preparation to become an Air Force JAG lawyer. For Osgood, that meant learning in one year what most take four […]

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