Proposed by seven students and former students in 2021, the Proximus Fund helps current BYU Law Students. Students with difficulties or opportunities can nominate themselves, or be nominated by a classmate, when help is needed the most. Unforeseen struggles such as the deaths of family members, severe illnesses, financial setbacks, and other hard situations have already been made easier by the generosity of donors to the Proximus Fund. The Latin word “proximus” means “neighbor;” this fund answers the Savior’s call (Luke 10) to love and care for those around us.
BYU Law’s first cohort of Achievement Fellows started law school in August 2021. These individuals who have who qualified for law school, but might not be able to attend were it not for these scholarships, are remarkable individuals who have overcome a wide variety of personal or environmental challenges including poverty, discrimination, homelessness, physical or mental health challenges, limited access to educational resources, and many others. The Achievement Fellows provide powerful perspectives and examples to their classmates; they will guide and bless their communities, as well as diverse and vulnerable populations after they graduate.
Student Experiential Learning
Some of life’s most important lessons are best learned through hands-on experience. Donations to this fund directly benefit students for uses including research-related student stipends, learning academies, and travel for externships, service opportunities, leadership development, and competitions. Last year, all interested rising 2Ls participated in BYU Law academies including Deal Making (New York City), Start Ups (Palo Alto, CA), International Arbitration (Singapore), Peacebuilding (Bear Lake), Immigration (Salt Lake City), Energy (Houston) and Appellate work (Dallas) following their first year of law school.
Council of Inspiring Leaders
Law is a leadership degree. This fund provides scholarships, stipends, travel study opportunities, mentoring relationships, and inspirational training for the leaders of tomorrow who are enrolled at the J. Reuben Clark Law School today. Donations to this fund support the Law School’s annual Law & Leadership Conference, the Leadership Study Tour (CIL members invited), and other leadership curriculum, projects, and initiatives at the Law School.
While donors become members of BYU Law’s Council of Leaders by making an annual donation of $10,000 or more, donations of any amount are deeply appreciated and wisely invested to teach and promote leadership within the Law School and throughout broader global communities.
Donations to the Annual Fund are a “no-strings-attached” investment in the Law School’s future success. Using this discretionary account, the Dean of the Law School can direct funds to the areas of the greatest need, initiate projects to enhance the Law School, and move quickly to take advantage of special opportunities.
Giving to the Annual Fund is the best way to assist all 398 BYU Law Students, to help and encourage the hiring and retention of outstanding faculty members, and to continue BYU Law’s climb into being consistently recognized as one of the nation’s best law schools.