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Graduation Spotlight: Kate Raynor

“Law school is a great jumping off point for any path one might want to pursue,” says Kate Raynor, ’22. “I always tell people, ‘you can get where you want to go from BYU Law.’” Prior to law school, Raynor interned with Human Rights Without Frontiers International, a nonprofit in Brussels, Belgium, that seeks to […]

Graduation Spotlight: Cory Fisher

Cory Fisher, ’22, studied electrical engineering as an undergraduate and spent several years working in the technology industry. She always planned to pursue a master’s degree, but figured it would be in engineering. “When I found out about patent law, I was convinced I had found the perfect career,” she says. “I really enjoyed studying […]

Graduation Spotlight: Christoper Melling

Prior to law school Christopher Melling, ’22, spent 13 years as an officer, pilot and forward air controller for the United States Marine Corps. Melling’s military service has been an advantage to him in many ways. In addition to the financial support he received while pursuing his law degree, Melling has found that a lot […]

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 […]

1L Spotlight: Kendyl Tolley Bench

The last few years have been eventful for 1L Kendyl Tolley Bench, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. In 2017, she made the decision to pursue her life-long goal of attending law school. “After ten years of marriage, I was divorced in 2017,” says the mom of four. “I realized then that I […]

1L Spotlight: Roberto Estrada Maldonado

Up until the day before 1L Roberto “Luis” Estrada Maldonado arrived at BYU Law, he was working as a tax and corporate lawyer for Arias Law, a leading global business law firm with offices throughout Central America. Luis, who was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala, is one of two international students in the […]

1L Spotlight: Tatenda Makanza

“I have always been interested in human rights and trying to help people,” says 1L Tatenda Makanza. A native of Zimbabwe, Tatenda earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and peace and global studies at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. She went on to earn two master’s degrees: the first in political science from the […]

1L Spotlight: Andrew Fellows

Andrew Fellows, a 1L from Stafford, Virginia, doesn’t have a typical pre-law background. After graduating with a degree in music performance from BYU, he worked as the assistant organist at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City for two years before coming to BYU Law. Andrew became interested in the organ at 14 […]

1L Spotlight: Alixa Brobbey

First-year law student Alixa Brobbey has always loved reading and writing poetry. However, as an undergraduate English major at BYU, she didn’t spend much time doing those things. “I worked at BYU’s Research and Writing Center and did a lot of writing for school and work,” she says. “I didn’t spend a lot of my […]

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