Skills Training

Legal Writing, Research, and Oral Advocacy

BYU Law’s nationally recognized legal writing and research program features instruction from attorney experts. Students on moot court and trial advocacy teams gain courtroom experience in national and international competitions.

  • First-year, first-semester intensive introduction to legal research and writing
  • First-year, second-semester intensive instruction in persuasive writing and oral advocacy, including trial advocacy and moot court opportunities that send students on national and international travel teams
  • Variety of advanced legal research and writing in the curriculum:
    • Advanced Appellate Brief Writing
    • Public Speaking for Lawyers
    • 2L and 3L moot court national and international teams
    • Trial advocacy opportunities
    • Writing and editing opportunities in law journals, including the student edited BYU Law Review, BYU Journal of Public Law, and BYU Law and Education Journal


Each year more than 300 BYU Law students participate in national externships—gaining experience in law firms, in courthouses, and with the government—that are supervised by BYU faculty and on-site attorneys. International externships are also available.

2014 externships
Judicial externships 98

Litigation law firms 60
Transactional law firms 22
Companies 39
International (26 countries) 49
Public interest 18
Government 51
Legislative 6
Community economic development 7
Law and Religion fellows (national and international) 14
total 364

Skills Simulation Courses

BYU Law offers a broad set of courses that give students multiple opportunities to perform professional skills and have practical experience developing those skills in simulation settings under the oversight of faculty, judges, and master practitioners.

  • Interviewing and Counseling
  • Advanced Interviewing and Counseling
  • Arbitration
  • Civil Discovery
  • Civil Practice 1 and 2
  • Criminal Trial Advocacy
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Basic Mediation
  • Family Law
  • Child Advocacy
  • Domestic Relations
  • Domestic Violence Intervention
  • Elder Law
  • Fundamental Lawyering Skills
  • Community and Economic
  • Development Law
  • Civil Rights

Skills Labs

Skills labs are a unique feature of the skills education at byu Law School. Modeled after labs widely used in the sciences, skills labs are add-ons to doctrinal classes. They give students opportunities to develop practice-relevant skills to complement their study. While learning about important substantive areas of the law, students also enroll in a related class taught by practitioners in which they learn the nuts and bolts of practice in that specific area of law.

  • Immigration Skills Lab
  • Labor Law Skills Lab
  • Intellectual Property Lab
  • Business Associations Skills Lab

Clinics and Clinical Alliances

BYU Law has several dynamic clinics and clinical alliances that, combined with a classroom component that provides additional training and supervision, place students with high-quality legal service providers.

  • Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • Family Law Clinic
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Clinic
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Government and Legislative Clinical Alliance
  • Community and Economic Development Clinical Alliance
  • Timpanogos Legal Center

Pro Bono Opportunities

In one of President J. Reuben Clark’s most beloved talks, “To Those of the Last Wagon,” he refers to those at the end of the wagon train who were the most disadvantaged because of poorly equipped wagons, weak teams, or sickness. BYU Law encourages student to prepare for a lifetime of service to those who are disadvantaged and broken—an obligation to heal and bring wholeness to those in the last wagon

  • Timpanogos Legal Center
  • Law Help
  • Tuesday Night Bar
  • Public Interest Law Foundation (pilf)
  • Elder Law
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
  • Fifth-Grade Mentoring Program