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Law Stories Event

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, BYU Law hosted its first annual LawStories event at The Wall. Law students submitted written stories to a panel of judges for the honor of presenting their work at this event. The criteria included they be original work, non-fiction, and have some tie to the law. Check out the winning stories […]

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. […]

10 Keys to Summer Success

10 Keys to Summer Success The 2014 national survey of employers conducted by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) confirms what many of us have long known: employers increasingly seek summer associates, interns and new hires who demonstrate a strong ability to work with others—including peers and senior employees as well as clients and […]

BYU Law Professor Weighs in on Border Patrol Case

In October 2012 Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz allegedly shot and killed Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez — a 16-year-old Mexican national. Swartz is now being tried for second-degree murder by the Department of Justice, and the incident has sparked a number of legal issues concerning the U.S. Border Patrol. BYU Law Professor Eric Jensen weighed […]

SBA Talent Show

Each year, the SBA hosts its annual talent show to let off a little steam before finals start. This year’s event did not disappoint with acts ranging from a lightsaber violin rendition of Star Wars music to legal parodies and juggling. The talent of our students goes beyond case analysis and brief writing. Check out the […]

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 […]

BYU Lawreads – Last Days of Night

As part of its ongoing effort to teach law students the vital art of storytelling, BYU Law welcomed students to its Winter 2018 Lawreads panel. The program is aimed at engaging students and faculty in discussions about law in literature. This semester’s book selection was Graham Moore’s novel The Last Days of Night, and the […]

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 […]

Why It’s Important to Report Employment — Even After Graduation

Employment Statistics: Collecting and Maintaining Data March 15th is a date that marks law school’s 10-month post-graduation cutoff for tracking and reporting employment statistics for the previous class year.  In other words, the graduating Class of 2017 is tracked and employment data set by March 15, 2018. At BYU Law, the Career Services & Professional Development […]

Civil Rights Panelists Discuss Marginalization and Civil Liberty

BYU Law’s American Constitution Society and Black Law Students Association co-hosted a civil rights panel including Lex Scott, co-founder of the Utah chapterof Black Lives Matter; John Mejia, legal director at the ACLU of Utah; Stewart Gollan, attorney at the Pioneer Justice Center; and Jordan Srgo, Chief Program Officer at Encircle. All the panelists shared […]

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