The J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University–Provo

By | March 2, 2019

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions GaeLynn Kuchar
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University--Provo

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 27.4% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.74
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 163

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 27.4%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 160-167
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.51-3.87
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.74
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 163

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.A.C.C.
J.D./M.A. Education
J.D./M.P.A.
J.D./MPP
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Approximately 90 percent of BYU law students participate in externships prior to graduation.The Law and Religion Center works with scholars, government leaders, and NGOs in promoting religious liberty.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 128
Seminars 27
Positions available in seminars 494
Positions available in simulation courses 710
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses N/A
Student activities (as provided by the school)
BYU sponsors four student-edited journals and two skills oriented programs: the BYU Law Review; the BYU Journal of Public Law; the BYU Education and Law Journal; and the BYU International Law and Management Review; the moot court program, which teaches brief writing and appellate advocacy skills; and the trial advocacy program, which focuses on trial skills.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 75
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 50
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 253
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 533
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses N/A
Full-time students involved in field placements 245
Full-time students involved in law journals 175
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 127
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 73

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 16.0:1 – High
Full- and part-time faculty 65
Full-time minority faculty 16.0%
Part-time minority faculty 5.0%
Total faculty 83
Total faculty (men) 69.9%
Total faculty (women) 30.1%
Total faculty (minorities) 8.4%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

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Law Ranking Scores

Score 61
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.8
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.5
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.51-3.87
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.74
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 160-167
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 163
Acceptance rate 27.4% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 16.0:1 – High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 69.0% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 95.9% – High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 94.6% – High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar UT
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 88.9%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 443

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 430

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 13

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 0.7%
Second-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 0.3%
Female students discontinuing law school N/A

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Carl Hernandez
Financial aid phone (801) 422-6386
Financial aid application deadline N/A

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $21,200 per year
Room and board $10,972
Books $1,656
Miscellaneous expenses $6,024
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 19.8%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 5.8%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 11.4%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.9%
Median grant amount $5,140
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $3,000–$10,280
Full-time students receiving grants 37.9%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $54,766
Proportion who borrowed 86.1%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 142,890
Microform titles 21,188
Electronic titles 103,440
Other non-book titles 3,037
Total titles 281,555
Volumes (excluding microforms) 373,132
Volume equivalent microforms 107,106
Total volumes and volume equivalents 480,238
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 105
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 50
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 55
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 74
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 16
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 72
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 27
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 69
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 36

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 4
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 505
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 30
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? Yes

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 75,581
Total seats available for library users 900
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The library contains 75,581 sq. ft., with a study carrel for each student and wireless internet access throughout; eighteen study rooms for group study, mediations, and student projects; and four family support rooms with monitors showing classes live for students whose family needs prohibit them from attending class.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar UT
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 94.6% – High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 88.9%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 145
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 69.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 95.9%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 6.2%
Graduates whose employment status is known 93.8%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 69.0%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 22.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.7%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.7%
Graduates whose employment status is known 99.3%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 95.9%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 1.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.7%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $80,000
Median private sector starting salary $100,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $130,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 41%
Median public service starting salary $51,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 5.8%
Percent employed in business and industry 13.7%
Percent employed in government 12.2%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 13.7%
Percent employed in law firms 48.2%
Percent employed in public interest 3.6%
Percent employed in an unknown field 2.9%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 45%
Graduates employed out-of-state 51.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 22
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 3.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 1.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 2.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 9.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 6.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 15.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 60.0%
Employment location unknown 4.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Career Services Office emphasizes one-on-one counseling with students so that a personalized job search strategy can be developed that is tailored to the student’s specific needs and goals. In addition, the CSO organizes and administers all recruiting events, both on and off campus, and provides professional development training through its Skills Training and Lecture Series classes.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 82.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 88.6%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 7.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 60.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 6.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 66.7%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 2.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 0.0%