Law
JD
Application Deadlines
Fall:March 1
Contact Information: 
243 JRCB
801-422-7871
admissions@law.byu.edu
Program Requirements: 

The J. Reuben Clark Law School offers a course of graduate professional study leading to the juris doctorate (JD) degree. Additional information about legal education, admissions standards, and procedures—including information about the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and registration with the Law School Credential Assembly Service (LSCAS)—can be obtained from the admissions office of the Law School or on our Web site at http://www.law2.byu.edu/admissions.
 

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours (90): credits toward the JD degree may be completed no earlier than five fall or winter semesters and no later than sixty months after a student has begun law study at an ABA-approved law school.
  • Required courses: the following first-year courses are required for graduation: Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legislation and Regulation, Property, Structures of the Constitution, Torts, Introduction to Legal Research and Writing and Introduction to Advocacy. Each student is also required to take Professional Responsibility during the second or third year.
  • Substantial writing paper: each student will be required to prepare, during his or her second or third year, a substantial writing paper of satisfactory quality.
  • Professional skills requirement: each student must complete at least two credit hours of externship credit or at least one of the second-year or third-year courses designated as a "Professional Skills Course."
  • Residency requirement: graduation requires six regular semesters in residence. Enrollment in summer programs can reduce the number of regular semesters from six to five.
  • Graduation interview: to be held with the Law School registrar four months prior to graduation.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Test

LSAT

Additional Requirements

  1. Law School Application Form
  2. Two letters of recommendation: at least one academic
  3. Personal statement
  4. JDCAS Law School Report
  5. Resume
  6. $50 application fee
  7. Dean's Certification
Program Outcomes: 


Competency in Explaining and Applying Fundamental Principles

Students will demonstrate competency in explaining and applying the fundamental principles of Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, Structures of the Constitution, Torts, Legislation and Regulation, and Professional Responsibility.

Legal Analysis, Reasoning, and Problem Solving

Students will be able to engage in legal analysis, reasoning, and problem solving.

Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy

Students will be able to perform legal research, legal writing, and legal advocacy.

Ethical Issues

Students will be able to recognize and resolve ethical issues in light of ethical, moral, and religious principles.

Lifelong Learning and Service

Students will have the ability and desire to engage in lifelong learning and service.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 386
International 12
Female 140
LDS 375
Minority 65
BYU Undergraduate 221
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
LSAT Composite Score 160.8
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.7
Graduated Per Year 138.4
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Admitted Per Year 204.4
Percent Admitted 0.00
Average GPA 3.64