Mission & Objectives

BYU Law Mission Statement

Founded, supported, and guided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the J. Reuben Clark Law School is an integral part of Brigham Young University and embraces the university’s global mission and aims.

BYU Law recognizes the inherent dignity and equality of each individual and welcomes people from the full range of human experience. We are committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ and honor His many roles, including healer, peacemaker, mediator, counselor, advocate, lawgiver, and judge. In striving to emulate His example, we seek to be and develop people of integrity who combine faith and intellect in lifelong service to God and neighbor.

As a community, we aim to advance justice, mercy, liberty, opportunity, peace, and the rule of law. To these ends, BYU Law prioritizes inspiring teaching, rigorous study, and influential scholarship in an environment that values diversity, fosters unity, motivates excellence, nurtures leadership, promotes innovation, engenders empathy, and cultivates compassion.

BYU Law Educational Objectives 

  1. Prepare students for meaningful careers and contributions in the diverse settings of a global legal market by focusing on the key competencies of a legal education grounded in legal theory, enhanced by experiential learning, and enlightened by the laws of God. A BYU legal education will:
    • Afford students opportunities to develop leadership, transactional, and litigation skills.
    • Equip students with cross-cultural competence, preparing them to engage and communicate effectively across difference.
    • Inspire students to acquire and maintain the highest levels of professionalism, civility, and ethics.
    • Embrace a whole-building approach, engaging every member of the BYU Law community in developing the professional competencies, character, and diversity of our students’ gifts.
  2. Develop and facilitate world-class, innovative scholarship, and engage in respectful, civil dialogue that welcomes a diversity of voices and beliefs in an environment of intellectual honesty, academic freedom, and abiding faith.
  3. Invite all members of our community to develop a service-oriented mindset and provide opportunities to use legal skills to aid those in need.
  4. Instill respect for the U.S. Constitution, human rights, and the rule of law.