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How Carla Swensen-Haslam’s Upbringing Has Shaped Her BYU Law Experience

“My 2L year has been so busy,” Carla Swensen-Haslam said with a laugh. Her voice tinged with a hint of exasperation. “It’s my own fault, though. I’m taking 18 credits while working on contract with a law firm and calling sports.” She took a second to breathe. “But I love it. I really, really love […]

BYU Law Student Works with Women in Uganda to Improve Village Life

In June, Melissa Jo (MJ) Townsend (2L) joined Professor Brigham Daniels on a trip to Uganda to work closely with several villages surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.  As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bwindi is a protected cultural area that  is inhabited by approximately 350 endangered mountain gorillas. The park was also once home to […]

Jessica Volmar Provides Legal Counsel During Frankfurt Externship

With an interest in accounting and finances, Jessica Volmar (1L) was pleased to find an externship opportunity with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Frankfurt, Germany, one of Europe’s major financial centers. Volmar externed with the Church’s Office of the General Counsel, which oversees all of Europe’s Church-related legal matters. The Office’s […]

McKinney Voss Joins Clinical Negligence Team on London Externship

Upon completing her first year at BYU Law, McKinney Voss (1L) looked forward to beginning her summer externship in London. “I hope to practice law internationally … so London seemed like the perfect place to start making connections and gaining experience,” Voss explained. Voss has been externing at Devonshires Solicitors, a 175-year-old mid-size law firm […]

Simone Aldredge Impresses with Initiative Taken at Cisco Systems

As Simone Aldredge (2L) was looking forward to summer externship opportunities, she knew that she wanted to gain in-house experience, be exposed to multiple areas of law practice, and learn more about the tech industry. This summer, Aldredge is externing in the legal department at Cisco Systems, Inc. in San Jose, CA. She is currently […]

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 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, […]

An Innovative Approach to Legal Education With Storytelling

Recognizing that storytelling is a critical skill in the practice of law, BYU Law is taking an innovative approach to legal education and is implementing an initiative to teach its students the theory and practice of storytelling. LawStories rests on three core pillars: LawReads, Proximate Cause, and LawStories on the Mainstage. “The deeper I delve […]

Reform Discussed at Criminal Law and Justice Conference

BYU Law’s 2018 Criminal Law and Justice Conference gave policymakers, lawyers, and scholars an opportunity to discuss methods of criminal justice reform at both the national and local levels. Highlighting the event were two keynote speakers: U.S. Senator Mike Lee and Erik Luna, Professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor Law School and […]

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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