James D. Gordon III – BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School

James D. Gordon III

Marion B. and Rulon A. Earl Professor of Law; Assistant to the President for Planning and Assessment

James D. Gordon III is Marion B. and Rulon A. Earl Professor of Law and Assistant to the President for Planning and Assessment at Brigham Young University. He has served as Interim Dean and as Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum at the law school, and as Associate Academic Vice President for Faculty at BYU.

Students enjoy Professor Gordon’s fresh and creative teaching style. He infuses wit and wisdom into the classroom as well as into his writing. His book Law School: A Survivor’s Guide (HarperPerennial 1994) and essay How Not to Succeed in Law School, 100 Yale L.J. 1679 (1991), provide humorous insights into surviving law school. Professor Gordon has received a BYU Student Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching, and has been named as a Professor of the Year at the law school several times. He has also received an Abraham O. Smoot Citizenship Award from the university.

Before joining the BYU faculty, Professor Gordon was an associate at the Salt Lake City law firm of Rooker, Larsen, Kimball & Parr. He served as a law clerk to Judge Monroe G. McKay of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Contact Information

Courses Taught

  • Contracts
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Seminar
  • Securities Regulation
  • Business Associations
  • Introduction to Legal Research and Writing
  • Sales
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Issues in Legal Education


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1980
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, 1978