John W. Welch – BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School

John W. Welch

Robert K. Thomas University Professor of Law

John W. Welch is the Robert K. Thomas Professor of Law and editor-in-chief of BYU Studies, the premier Latter-day Saint scholarly journal. He practiced law in Los Angeles with O’Melveny & Myers, at which time he founded the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. From 1988-91, he served as one of the editors for Macmillan’s Encyclopedia of Mormonism, and he has served as the General Editor of the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley. He organized the bicentennial conference for Joseph Smith at the Library of Congress, and has served on the executive committee of the Biblical Law Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Welch is among the most prominent pupils of Hugh Nibley, having made several important discoveries and advances regarding biblical studies, LDS scholarship, history, culture, and thought. His publications cover a wide range of topics, including Roman and Jewish law in the trial of Jesus, the use of biblical laws in colonial America, chiasmus in antiquity, and commentaries on the Sermon on the Mount and King Benjamin’s Speech.


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Courses Taught

  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Joseph Smith and the Law
  • Law in the New Testament
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Business Associations
  • Adv Clsly Held Business
  • Legal System Scriptures
  • Adv Clsly Held Bus
  • Employ Benefits Plan
  • Legal Systems in Scriptures
  • Business Assoc
  • Professional Seminar
  • Ancient Legal Scripture
  • Emply Benefits
  • Adv Closely Held Business
  • Biblical Law
  • Adv Clsly Bus
  • Advising Closely Held Business
  • Fed Tax II
  • Ancient Law & Bible
  • Employee Benefit Plan
  • Tax Charitable Giving
  • Employee Benefits Plans
  • Law in Bible, BM, ANE
  • Nonprofit Org Formation/Tax
  • Tax Exempt Organization
  • Employee Benefit Plans
  • Law in Bible, Bk of Mormon & Ancient NE
  • Advising Nonprofit &Tax Exempt Org.
  • World of the New Testament
  • Co-Curr Law Review
  • Co-Curr Writing LR
  • Law in Bible,Bk of Mormon&Ancient World
  • Advising Closely Held Businesses
  • Roman Law & Early Christianity
  • Ancient Laws in Bible & Book of Mormon
  • Nonprofit & Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Fiduciary Duty in Law and Equity
  • Jewish, Greek and Roman Law in the NT
  • Joseph Smith and the Law
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Ancient Laws in the Bible & Book of Mormon
  • Perspectives on Law--Jewish, Greek & Roman
  • Introduction to Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, & 19th Century
  • Intro to Tax-Exempt Organization
  • Jewish, Greek, Roman Law in New Testament
  • Ancient Newar Eastern Law in the Bible and
  • Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery and the Law
  • Joseph Smith and Early American Law
  • Charitable Organizations
  • Ancient Biblical Law
  • Laws in the Scriptures
  • Mormon Legal Origins
  • Ancient Laws in the Bible and Book of Mormon


  • J.D., Duke University, 1975
  • M.A., Brigham Young University, 1970
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, 1970