Carl Hernandez III

Professor of Law

Carl Hernandez teaches constitutional litigation, fundamental lawyering skills and clinical practice courses for legislation, criminal prosecution and defense, immigration, government practice and nonprofit practice offered by the law school. His interest in government and community development comes from his public service with local legislative bodies and non-profit organizations as well as his practice as a government lawyer.

Professor Hernandez has experience representing local government agencies on a range of issues including civil rights litigation, land use planning, governmental reorganizations, public contracts and eminent domain and water law. He has also represented private clients on immigration issues including asylum, victims of crimes and trafficking, residency and investment-based visas.

Contact Information


  • Civil Rights
  • Immigration
  • Pro Bono

Courses Taught

  • Community and Economic Development Alliance
  • Community and Economic Development Law
  • Fundamental Lawyering Skills
  • Government and Legislative Clinical Alliance
  • Government and Legislative Representation
  • Civil Rights
  • Community & Economic Development Clinical
  • Government & Legislative Clinical
  • Community & Economic Dev Rep
  • Externship (prior approval)
  • Community & Economic Dev Clinical Alliance
  • Government & Legislative Clinical Alliance
  • Civil Rights Skills Lab
  • Litigation Clinical Alliance
  • Civil Rights Practicum--State and Local
  • Centro Hispano Clinical Alliance
  • Crim Prosecution & Defense Clinical Alliance
  • Government Practice Clinical Alliance
  • Justice Court Clinical Alliance
  • Legislative Clinical Alliance
  • SEC Clinical Alliance
  • Civil Rights Skills Practicum
  • Externship (Washington Seminar Only)
  • Community Lawyering
  • Corporate Counsel Clinical Alliance
  • BYU Community Legal Clinic
  • Legislative Clinic I
  • Legislative Clinic II


  • J.D./M.P.A., Brigham Young University, 1992
  • M.A., Brigham Young University, 1992
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, 1988


  • Note, Legitimate Exercise of Parens Patriae Doctrine: State Power to Determine an Incompetent Individual's "Right to Die" After Cruzan, 6 BYU Journal of Public Law 167 (1992).
  • Coauthor, Breaking the Fiscal Impasse: Alternative Financing Methods for Financing Municipal Compliance with the Clean Water Act of 1987, League of California Cities, April 1992.


  • Associate Professor of Law, BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School, 2013-Present
  • Assistant Dean and Faculty Member, BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School, 2001-2013
  • Adjunct Faculty, Romney Institute of Public Management, BYU (2002-Present)
  • Private Law Practice and Consulting, 2001-Present
  • Assistant/Deputy City Attorney, City of Bakersfield, CA (1994-2001)
  • Associate Attorney and Law Clerk, McCormick, Kabot, Michner & Foley, Visalia, CA (1991-1994)