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March 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Low tuition

Great for students with kids

Classmates are great

Great alumni base

Downers

Mormon perfectionist culture

Lots of students focused on young families with little time for socializing

Comments

Know the culture you're getting into and be okay with that. Even though a lot of your classmates will be married, it seems the single students get to know each other even better and build strong, professional relationships. Building relationships with classmates is the most important thing in law school. There is a good alumni base that will look at for you, Mormon or not.

Would You Recommend

Yes

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Classes are generally theory heavy and the socratic method is used in nearly every class. You're grilled in class on knowing the readings inside and out, then tested on how well you know the principles that you could've picked up more easily in a commercial outline. Academic advising is minimal and there is very little direction given for organizing your schedule, although they are very courteous. Classes are generally 25 - 75 students. It is extremely competitive. Many students choose to come here who could have gone to higher ranked law schools due to the Mormon connection. Also, most of the students are Mormon and Mormon's tend to have rather disciplined study habits and don't spend a lot of time "partying." All of this adds to the competitiveness. There are a lot of unique religious academic programs (Mormon history type classes and religious freedom, etc.). Grading is all curved. Nearly every class has the format of heavy reading throughout the semester, no assignments or quizzes, then your entire grade is based on a single final exam. Some teachers do essay exams, some do multiple choice, most do a combination of the two. BYU Law School has very bright faculty, again perhaps because of the Mormon connections. One of the best things about BYU Law School is its great networking and connections throughout the country and world. The matched externship program is very good.

Quality of Life

If you're LDS, you can't beat BYU's tuition of $10,000/year. If you're not LDS, it's still not bad at about $20,000. Cost of living is quite low relative to larger cities. Pretty low violence/crime area. Every room in the law school has wireless internet. There is a large moot court room and a smaller trial room. The library staff is very helpful. There are plenty of study rooms.

Admissions

Like most application processes.

Level

2L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

A few classes employ traditional Socratic method. Most use a modified (softened) version. There are ample opportunities to learn practical legal skills through an excellent externship program and co-curricular programs.

Quality of Life

Cost of living is relatively low, library is excellent. The moot courtroom is great. and the school is building a new trial courtroom. Some locals don't like us involved in politics, but there are still opportunities to get involved. Violent crime is virtually non-existent, but there are occasionally thefts when students leave valuables unattended. There is plenty to do if one wants a temporary escape from law.

Admissions

Application is through LSAC and is similar to other schools. The major difference is that a student must obtain a recommendation from a religious leader unless the student has no religious affiliation.

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Excellent classes with rigorous study required in most. More theoretical than practical study on the whole, but the practical study that is available is very worthwhile, including the Interviewing and Counseling class which is very likely one of the best. It includes theory, deliberative practice, reflective analysis, and great resources to learn interviewing and counseling skills. Class sizes vary from small to large. The focus on natural resources and environmental law are improving. The foreign internship program is exceptional, and the national one is very good too.

Quality of Life

Cost of living is moderately cheap. Campus facilities are excellent. The library is lovely. All students have personal laptops. Moot court room is large and has beautiful grained wood and suits its purpose admirably. The neighborhoods, both that in which the law school is located, and those in which the students live, are friendly and good.

Admissions

Standard: application, personal statement that distinguishes you from the other applicants, good LSAT score and grades, financial aid and scholarships available.

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

BYU has several outstanding professors with a few sup-par teachers peppered among them. Generally speaking, I find the faculty to be as competent as those I met at the top 14 schools I toured.

Quality of Life

Quality of life very much depends on what scene you want to be a part of. If you are clean living family oriented person (LDS or not), BYU is a great place. If you want to party (more than bowling and going out for dinner and a movie), then BYU is not for you. No drinking, tobacco, coffee, or sex outside of marriage are allowed by the honor code. The Law school is a lot more liberal about the beard rule than the general university, but they do remind you of your agreement to shave if you let it get out of control.

Level

2L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The Professors train us to think hard, work hard, and learn.

Quality of Life

The cost of living is low. The law building is nice, but a little old. The community is wonderful for the needs of me and my family. We feel safe and always have plenty of fun things to do in the community.

Admissions

I know there are many people who want to come to our school for unique reasons, but we're definitely no Yale.

Level

2L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

They use the Socratic method a lot. I have had phenomenal teachers, and ones whose class I dreaded going to. It it extremely competitive. The classes are 25 for your writing section, and the rest are 50-75 students.

Quality of Life

The cost of living and housing is extremely low, and the housing is always furnished. The campus is old and pretty ugly, but the main BYU campus is beautiful. Overall Provo is a very happy town and very social and comparatively safe. The library is great and is one of the only areas of the law school with huge windows.

Admissions

The LSAT is a big deal. Everything else is pretty standard. There is a financial aid counselor assigned specifically to the law school with office hours who is very helpful in helping students figure out their financial needs and opportunities.

Level

1L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The students are amazing--love them--and the teacher are great. The classes are a little big, but the professors do a great job of trying to get to know you. For example, even in the largest classes of 75 students, the teacher make an effort to take small groups out to lunch. The smaller classes are great, but sometimes the teachers aren't as good (but sometimes they are much better), but they have more one-on-one time so that makes up for it. All the students work very hard, but they are only competitive in that they work hard. While everyone collaborates, it is hard to work harder than other students--everyone sets a high bar of work ethic. The workload is manageable, but things can be tough if you try to be perfect. The writing class is especially time-consuming for how many credit hours earned.

Quality of Life

Provo is an awesome town. It is very affordable and very nice to live here. The outdoors are incredible, especially when you can go hiking and biking and what not in the mountains (when there isn't a ton of snow).

Admissions

It seems the grades are a bit more important than the LSAT, but both are rather competitive. If you do well, you will get it. The tuition is a great motivator to attend BYU law.

Level

2L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The teachers are pretty good. They use the socratic method but aren't usually demeaning when they do it. Class sizes are pretty big for what I am used to (I went to small schools for undergrad), but ther are pretty good. Teachers are pretty good at answering any questions you have about a topic. My class si super competitive and everyone is fighting for the top. This school has an excellent externship/internship placement program, it is a big thing they emphasize.

Quality of Life

Most of the students ar married and able to be with their families. It depends on how much you are concerned about being the top on how much time you spend with your family.

Admissions

The process was pretty typical. I took the LSAT and applied. I was able to talk to the dean of admissions before I applied and asked him what he was looking for in a personal statement. From that conversation I had a little bit more direction on what to include in my personal statement.

Level

2L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

LSAT, LSAC/LSDAS, and personal statement, plus an ecclesiastical endorsement

Level

3L

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