Stephanie Barclay – BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School

Stephanie Barclay

Associate Professor of Law

Professor Stephanie Barclay is a First Amendment scholar who researches and writes about the role our different democratic institutions play in protecting minority rights, particularly at the intersection of free speech and religious exercise issues. Professor Barclay’s academic writing has appeared in journals such as the Boston College Law Review, William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Her work has also been featured in many media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Bloomberg BNA, Deseret News, The Hill, and Law 360. Professor Barclay has frequently appeared in the national media to discuss First Amendment issues, including appearances on BBC World News, Wall Street Journal Live, and Fox News. Professor Barclay teaches First Amendment and Family Law.

Professor Barclay joined the faculty of BYU Law School as an Associate Professor of Law in July 2018. Prior to teaching, Professor Barclay served as Legal Counsel at Becket, where she represented many organizations and individuals in First Amendment disputes at both the trial and appellate level, including before the U.S. Supreme Court. During her time at Becket, Professor Barclay was named a Washington D.C. Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2016. Before joining Becket, Professor Barclay worked at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where she drafted multiple Supreme Court briefs, including defending the rights of a Muslim prison inmate seeking to wear a religious beard. She served as lead counsel on multiple additional trials and appeals.

Professor Barclay is a member of the Executive Committee for the AALS Law and Religion Section. She graduated summa cum laude from BYU Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. Professor Barclay also clerked for the Honorable N. Randy Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Courses Taught

  • Family Law
  • First Amendment


  • JD, J. Reuben Clark Law School, 2011
  • BS, Brigham Young University-Idaho, 2008
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