Larry Farmer
Marion G. Romney Professor of Law

Larry Farmer, recipient of the Marion G. Romney professorship, developed and directed the Computer-Assisted Practice System (CAPS) project with Professor Stan Neeleman at the J. Reuben Clark Law School from 1982-1987. CAPS and a derivative application, HotDocs, helped to establish the widespread use of computer-based practices system applications in the legal profession.

Professor Farmer was a visiting professor at Harvard during the 1986-87 year. During this time, he taught a computer-based practice systems course and developed a CAPS application at the Harvard Legal Services Bureau.

Since 1999, Professor Farmer has sought to discover more effective methods for teaching legal skills. As a result of this work, he developed, in collaboration with Professor Gerald R. Williams, the MediaNotes computer program that facilitates the effective use of video recordings in skills courses. MediaNotes is now used in skills instruction programs in a growing number of U.S. law schools.

 Professor Farmer joined the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1974. He teaches several sections each year of the legal interviewing and counseling course. He also periodically teaches advanced interviewing and counseling, computer-based practice systems and advanced computer-based practice systems.

Contact: 534 JRCB, BYU Law School, Provo, UT 84602 • (801) 422-2423 •
  • PhD from Brigham Young University. Class of 1975.
  • BS from University of Washington. Class of 1968.
Research Interests:
  • instructional technology
  • legal skill acquisition
  • computer-based practice systems
  • legal interviewing & counseling
Classes Taught: Legal Interviewing and Counseling, Advanced Legal Counseling, Computer-Based Practice Systems