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Brigham Young University, surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains, was founded in 1875 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Provo, Utah. Today, after more than a century of steady growth, it has become the largest privately owned, church-related university in the United States.


Intensive learning in a stimulating setting -- nurturing the mind, body, and spirit -- is central to the mission of Brigham Young University. The J. Reuben Clark Law School was founded in 1973 to continue this tradition while providing an excellent legal education and offering diverse opportunities for legal scholarship. Since its creation, the Law School has added a unique dimension to the ongoing activities of the university. Its students and faculty engage in wide-ranging academic pursuits, and its alumni have become successful legal professionals in cities across the country and around the world. The Law School enjoys respect among its peer institutions, and its history is often pointed to as an example of how a young law school can succeed. The 13 clerkships with justices of the U.S. Supreme Court since the first class graduated 32 years ago are an unprecedented testament to the success of the Law School in training legal professionals.


As a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the J. Reuben Clark Law School provides equal opportunity in legal education for all persons without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, handicap, or disability [AALS Bylaw 64 (a)]. Because of the Law Schoolâ??s religious affiliation and purpose, AALS regulations as applied to the Law School require equal opportunity on the basis of sexual orientation but not on the basis of conduct. All members of the Law School community are required to comply with the Brigham Young University Honor Code, which requires chastity outside of marriage and fidelity in marriage. High standards of honor, integrity, and morality; graciousness in personal behavior; application of Christian ideals to everyday living; and abstinence from tobacco, alcohol, and other harmful drugs are required of every student. The law faculty, which comes from a large diversity of law schools and professional experience, is widely recognized for its outstanding scholarship and classroom teaching. The specific objective of the curriculum is to maximize the studentsâ?? mastery of legal reasoning and legal method in addition to teaching the core of the basic substantive rules of the law and imparting an appreciation for its institutions and traditions.


Students are taught to analyze complex factual situations; to separate the relevant from the irrelevant; and to reason inductively, deductively, and by analogy. They learn to recognize the potential inapplicability of established rules to situations materially different from those in which the rules were developed.


Students are also schooled in the arts of written and oral advocacy, draftsmanship, mediation, and negotiation. In addition, they learn to recognize the deficiencies in existing rules and to contribute to the creation of new rules, advocating positions with clarity, persuasion, and honor. The development of these skills must embrace the great variety of activities in which lawyers engage. Lawyers are probably best known for their work in the private sector, representing clients in and out of the courtroom in the prevention and resolution of conflicts. In addition, lawyers have traditionally occupied key roles in forming and executing policy at all levels of government. The Law School prepares its graduates to function as responsible, well-informed participants in the public and private affairs of a society in which the law plays a vital role in regulating and setting standards.


Through the career services offered at the Law School, students are assisted in their employment search. Year in and year out, this assistance, combined with the studentsâ?? best efforts, results in Brigham Young University law students securing excellent positions with judges, in law firms, and in public work. Legal education at this school does not include the sponsorship of particular political objectives, except as may flow from loyalty to the Constitution and from a commitment to the highest ideals of personal character and individual liberty as the foundation upon which an enduring legal system must rest.


Legal training involves the learning of skills by practice. The student must be an active participant in that process. Because a variety of legal skills must be developed, several methods are used, such as Socratic or inductive teaching, problem solving, seminars, individual research and clinical experience.


The J. Reuben Clark Law School is located on the east side of a beautiful planned mall in the eastern section of the Brigham Young University campus. The buildingâ??s five floors contain eleven classrooms, three seminar rooms, a student commons area, a student lunchroom, ample spaces for student organizations and activities, a large computer lab as well as a computer training room, and the Law Library.


The north half of the law building houses the Howard W. Hunter Law Library. For many years this library has been one of the most technologically advanced in the world. Besides the wide array of resources available in electronic format, the library has a paper and microform collection nearing 500,000 volumes and volume equivalents.


The library provides 475 individually assigned study carrels, hardwired (100 Mbtps), as well as a wireless network that supports more than 1,000 concurrent connections. The library also features 20 group study rooms, spacious casual seating, and two classrooms where library faculty teach classes on legal research and writing, which help familiarize students with specific types of legal research as well as library holdings. Computer training for general and specific databases, often in conjunction with the legal research classes, also takes place in these rooms. Other rooms are dedicated to video viewing, interactive video, microforms, and audio hookups to specific classes for parents who must occasionally bring young children to school. The Howard W. Hunter Library faculty is highly regarded for its scholarship and willingness to be of service both to the law school and to the larger community. All Library faculty members have graduate degrees in library science, and most have law degrees as well. All are active in law library associations, publishing, and research.


Interim Dean and Marion B. and Rulon A. Earl Prof. of Law:

James D. Gordon III (802) 422-6383

Associate Dean of External Relations: Scott W. Cameron (801) 422-1407

Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum: Thomas Rex Lee (801) 422-9024

Assoc. Dean for Res. & Acad. & Charles E. Jones Prof. of Law:

Kif Augustine-Adams (801) 422-3712

Assistant Dean, Student and Internal Relations:

Wendy C. Archibald (801) 422-5576

Assistant Dean, Career Services & Alumni Affairs:

Mary H. Hoagland (801) 422-7831

Assistant Dean, Admissions: Carl Hernandez III (801) 422-6386

Admissions Director: GaeLynn Kuchar (801) 422-4277




JAMES R. RASBAND, (Law Professor), born March 20, 1963; admitted to bar, 1991, Washington. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1986); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1989). COURSES:Torts. Email:james_rasband @


DAVID L. ARMOND, (Law Professor), born Sacramento, California, August 30, 1965; admitted to bar, 2004, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1991; M.L.I.S., 1993; J.D., 2004). COURSES: Legal Research. Email: ArmondD @


KIF AUGUSTINE-ADAMS, (Law Professor), born June 14, 1964; admitted to bar, 1992, District of Columbia. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1988); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1992). COURSES: International Law, Torts. Email: AdamsK @


STEVEN ELMO AVERETT, (Law Professor), born Richfield, Utah, July 24, 1954; admitted to bar, 1989, Utah and Idaho. Education: Brigham Young University (B.S., 1978; M.L.S., 1985; J.D., 1988). COURSES:Externships and Legal Research. Email: averetts @


JAMES H. BACKMAN, (Law Professor), born December 31, 1943; admitted to bar, 1972, Utah. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1969); University of Utah College of Law (J.D., 1972). COURSES:Clinical Teaching, Natural Resources, Real Estate Transactions, Real Property. Email:backmanj @


SCOTT W. CAMERON, (Law Professor), born July 16, 1946; admitted to bar, 1976, Utah. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 1970; M.A., 1971); Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D., 1976). COURSES:Education Law. Email: CameronS @


DAVID DOMINGUEZ, (Law Professor), born March 15, 1954; admitted to bar, 1980, California. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1977); University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) (J.D., 1980). COURSES:Alternative Dispute Resolution, Criminal Justice, Labor Law. Email:DominguezD @


W. COLE DURHAM, JR., (Law Professor), born February 26, 1948; admitted to bar, 1975, Utah. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1972); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1975). COURSES:Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, International Law, Jurisprudence, International Organizations, Legal History. Email: DurhamC @


LARRY ECHOHAWK, (Law Professor), born August 2, 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, Utah; 1974, California; 1979, Idaho. Education: Brigham Young University (B.S., 1970); University of Utah (J.D., 1973). COURSES:Criminal Law, Criminal Trial Practice, Federal Indian Law, Professional Responsibility, Public Lands and Natural Resources. Email:EchohawkL @


LARRY C. FARMER, (Law Professor), born February 20, 1942; Education: University of Washington (B.S., 1968); Brigham Young University (Ph.D., 1975). COURSES: Computer-based Expert Systems in Law Practice, Law and Behavioral Science, Legal Interviewing and Counseling. Email:FarmerL @


JOHN E. FEE, (Law Professor), born Provo, Utah, July 3, 1968; admitted to bar, 1995, Utah; 1998, District of Columbia. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1992); University of Chicago (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Property, Environmental Law, Land Use. Email:feej @


J. CLIFTON FLEMING, (Law Professor), born July 24, 1942; admitted to bar, 1967, Washington; 1979, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.S., 1964); George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1967). COURSES:Business Planning, Corporate Finance, Estate Planning, International Transactions, Taxation. Email: FlemingC @


GALEN L. FLETCHER, (Law Professor), born Ogden, Utah, September 20, 1961; Education: Goldenwest College (A.A., 1984); Brigham Young University (B.A., 1987; J.D./M.L.I.S., 1993). COURSES: Legal Research, Legal History. Email: fletcherg @


FREDERICK M. GEDICKS, (Law Professor), born May 17, 1953; admitted to bar, 1980, Arizona. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1977); University of Southern California Law School (J.D., 1980). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Corporations, Law and Religion, Poverty Law, Securities Regulation. Email: GedicksF @


KRISTIN BETH GERDY, (Law Professor), born Boulder, Colorado, November 18, 1969; admitted to bar, 1995, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1992); J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Legal Research & Writing. Email:gerdyk @


MICHAEL GOLDSMITH, (Law Professor), born March 6, 1951; admitted to bar, 1976, Vermont; 1976, New York; 1987, Utah. Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1972); Cornell University Law School (J.D., 1975). COURSES:Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Human Rights Law, RICO, Principles of Evidence. Email: goldsmithm @


JAMES D. GORDON, III, (Law Professor), born February 9, 1954; admitted to bar, 1980, California; 1981, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1977); University of California, Berkeley School of Law - Boalt Hall (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Contracts, Issues in Legal Education, Legal Writing, Professional Seminar, Securities. Email:GordonJ @


H. REESE HANSEN, (Law Professor), born April 8, 1942; admitted to bar, 1972, Utah. Education: Utah State University (B.S., 1964); University of Utah (J.D., 1972). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Commercial Law, Contracts, Estate and Gift Taxation, Estate Planning, Estates, Trusts. Email:HansenR @


CARL HERNANDEZ III, (Law Professor), born Fresno, California, December 28, 1962; admitted to bar, 1993, California. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1988); Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management (M.P.A., 1992); Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D., 1992). COURSES:Municipal Land Use. Email:hernandezc @


GARY LOREN HILL, (Law Professor), born Salt Lake City, Utah, December 19, 1948; admitted to bar, 1977, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1972); Samford University Law School (J.D., 1976); Denver University (M.L.L., 1981). COURSES:Legal Research. Email:hillg @


MARY H. HOAGLAND, (Law Professor), born Provo, Utah, August 3, 1948; admitted to bar, 1994, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1972); San Diego State University (M.A., 1978); San Joaquin College of Law (J.D., 1985); Brigham Young University (Ph.D., 2007). COURSES: Professional Development. Email: hoaglandm @


RONNELL ANDERSEN JONES, (Law Professor), born Ogden, Utah, May 26, 1973; admitted to bar, 2001, Ohio. Education: Utah State University (B.S., 1995); The Ohio State University (J.D., 2000). COURSES:Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Legislation and Statutory Interpretation, Media Law. Email:jonesr @


THOMAS REX LEE, (Law Professor), born December 28, 1964; admitted to bar, 1992, Utah; 1994, District of Columbia. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1988); University of Chicago (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Remedies. Email:leet @


DAVID H. MOORE, (Law Professor), born Calgary, Alberta, Canada, March 31, 1969; admitted to bar, 1996, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1992); Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D., 1996). COURSES:International Law, International Human Rights, Foreign Relations Law, Civil Procedure. Email:mooredavidh @


STANLEY D. NEELEMAN, (Law Professor), born April 16, 1943; admitted to bar, 1972, Colorado. Education: Westminster College (B.A., 1967); George Washington University (M.A., 1969); University of Denver College of Law (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Business Associations, Estate Planning, Taxation. Email: NeelemanS @


SHAWN G. NEVERS, (Law Professor), born Canoga Park, California, May 19, 1978; admitted to bar, 2007, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 2002); Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D., 2005); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M.L.I.S., 2006). COURSES: Legal Research. Email: NeversS @


D. CAROLINA NĂ?Ă?EZ, (Law Professor), born Provo, Utah, November 28, 1979; admitted to bar, 2005, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 2001); J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D., 2004). COURSES:Torts, Immigration Law, Professional Responsibility. Email:nunezc @


CHERYL B. PRESTON, (Law Professor), born November 23, 1952; admitted to bar, 1980, California; 1983, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1975; J.D., 1979). COURSES: Bankruptcy, Creditor Rights, Lender Liability, Social Policy and Feminist Legal Thought, Planning, Drafting and Negotiation, Secured Transactions. Email:PrestonC @


BRETT GILBERT SCHARFFS, (Law Professor), born Salt Lake City, Utah, March 22, 1963; admitted to bar, 1994, New York. Education: Georgetown University (B.S.B.A., 1986; M.A., 1987); Oxford University (B.Phil., 1989); Yale University Law School (J.D., 1992). COURSES: Corporate Law, International Law, Jurisprudence. Email:scharffsb @


DENNIS STAHLESEARS, (Law Professor), born Salt Lake City, Utah, July 02, 1951; admitted to bar, 1985, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.S./B.A., 1975; M.A., 1981; M.L.I.S., 1993); J. Reuben Clark (J.D./M.B.A., 1985). COURSES: First Year Legal Research, Advanced Legal Research. Email:searsd @


D. GORDON SMITH, (Law Professor), born Bremerton, Washington, November 16, 1962; admitted to bar, 1991, Delaware. Education: Brigham Young University (B.S., 1986); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1990). COURSES:Corporations, Venture Capital, Contracts, Securities. Email:SmithG @


KORY D. STAHELI, (Law Professor), born St. George, Utah, February 24, 1959; admitted to bar, 1987, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1984); Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Legal Research. Email:stahelik @


LISA GROW SUN, (Law Professor), born Salt Lake City, Utah, September 5, 1973; admitted to bar, 2002, California. Education: University of Utah (B.S., 1994), Harvard Law School (J.D., 1997). COURSES: Administrative Law, Federal Courts, Constitutional Law, Torts, Disaster Law. Email:sunl @


MARGARET CHRISTINE TARKINGTON, (Law Professor), born Provo, Utah, September 16, 1976; admitted to bar, 2003, New York and Indiana; 2005, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., summa cum laude and University honors, 1999); Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D., summa cum laude, 2002). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Professional Responsibility. Email:tarkingtonm @


DAVID A. THOMAS, (Law Professor), born February 4, 1944; admitted to bar, 1972, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1967; M.L.S., 1977); Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1972). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Legal History, Legal Research and Writing, Property. Email:ThomasD @


LYNN D. WARDLE, (Law Professor), born November 15, 1947; admitted to bar, 1975, District of Columbia; 1976, Arizona; 1981, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1971); Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Biomedical Ethics and Law, Children and the Law, Civil Procedure, Community Property, Family Law, Origins of the Constitution, Conflict of Laws. Email: WardleL @


JOHN (JACK) W. WELCH, (Law Professor), born October 15, 1946; admitted to bar, 1975, California; 1981, Utah. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1970; M.A., 1970); Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1975). COURSES:Agency and Partnerships, Corporations, Federal Taxation, History of the Legal Profession. Email: WelchJ @


STEPHEN G. WOOD, (Law Professor), born March 19, 1941; admitted to bar, 1972, District of Columbia; 1977, Utah. Education: University of Utah (B.A., 1966); University of Utah College of Law (J.D., 1969); Columbia University (J.S.D., 1980). COURSES:Administrative Law, Comparative Law, Employment Law, Entertainment Law, Labor Law, Sports Law, International Transactions. Email:WoodS @


KEVIN J. WORTHEN, (Law Professor), born April 15, 1956; admitted to bar, 1984, Arizona. Education: College of Eastern Utah (A.S., 1978); Brigham Young University (B.A., 1979; J.D., 1982). COURSES:Legislation, Native American Law, State and Local Government. Email:kevin_worthen @