Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the J. Reuben Clark School of Law reflects its affiliate institution through a focus on family law and freedom of religions, emphasizing ethics training for its students. BYU Law also certifies students in mediation through its strong Schooley Mediation Program. The school's honor code, which prohibits alcohol and tobacco use among other provisions, ensures a study-oriented setting. Students in our surveys note that coupled with the heavy workload, this means that vying for grades can get fiercely competitive. Luckily for students, the school has an academic success program in place that holds weekly tutorial sessions on every 1L class to ease the burden.
After completing the standard first year of core classes, BYU Law students can concentrate in a specialty area by taking an array of electives. The school has five dual degree programs available, including a JD/MBA with the Marriott School of Management and a JD/MD. BYU Law's alumni network stretches out beyond the state of Utah, and students often wind up in law firms in Washington, D.C., and California.
Though the honor code means BYU isn't a big party school, students have ready access to outdoors activities in the nearby mountains. Housing in Provo is inexpensive, and the school has a number of active student organizations, which are hubs of social activity on campus.