Mission & Goals

The mission of the BYU Law School is to teach the laws of men in the light of the laws of God. The Law School strives to be worthy in all respects of the name it bears, and to provide an education that is spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character building, thus leading to lifelong learning and service.

The Law School’s goals are to:

  • Teach the fundamental principles of law, using a predominantly theoretical approach, with appropriate attention to the basic skills involved in lawyering.
  • Promote loyalty to and understanding of the Constitution of the United States.
  • Foster an enlightened devotion to the rule of law.
  • Teach the law from a scholarly and objective point of view, with the largest latitude in the matters being considered.
  • Incorporate religious, ethical, and moral values in the instruction.
  • Produce influential and enduring legal scholarship.
  • Be part of Brigham Young University in all respects, fully participating and contributing in the intellectual and spiritual life of the University.


See The Aims of a BYU Education (1995); Marion G. Romney, Address, in Addresses at the Opening Ceremony of the J. Reuben Clark Law School 17, 20 (Aug. 27, 1973); Dallin H. Oaks, Address, in Addresses at the Opening Ceremony of the J. Reuben Clark Law School 3 (Aug. 27, 1973); Dallin H. Oaks, Ethics, Morality, and Professional Responsibility, 1975 B.Y.U. L. Rev. 591.