- The following first-year courses are required for graduation:
- Civil Procedure
- Criminal Law
- Introduction to Legal Research and Writing
- Introduction to Advocacy
- Legislation and Regulation
- Structures of the Constitution
- At least two credit hours of externship credit; or
- At least one of the second-year or third-year courses designated as a "Professional Skills Course" in the Law School course materials
The Law School is fully accredited by the American Bar Association*, and its graduates may take the bar examinations in states of their choice. The Law School is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and has a chapter of the Order of the Coif.
Admission to the Bar
A few states request that persons who intend to apply for admission to the bar of that state register with their state committee of bar examiners around the time they enter law school. For those states many students elect to pay a late fee rather than register before they have determined which state bar they will take after completing law school. Students should obtain information about the state bar where they intend to practice law to allow appropriate compliance. Information on state bar requirements may be obtained from the Law School Career Services Center, Brigham Young University, 239 JRCB, Provo, UT 84602-8000.
The grading at the Law School works according to the scale on the right. Grades are usually based on a single final examination, except in seminars and in problem-solving or clinical courses. Law School examinations ordinarily consist of general questions based on hypothetical situations. The quality of a student's response is determined not only by evidence of the student's mastery of the subject matter but also by his or her ability to recognize and assign priority to relevant issues, to deal with complex facts and separate the relevant from the irrelevant, to analyze the basis for his or her conclusions, and to express ideas in a clear and orderly fashion. Consideration in grading may also be given to attendance, class participation, and other written work. Academic dishonesty is grounds for suspension or expulsion.
Students who fail to maintain a grade point average of 2.7 at the end of the second, fourth, and sixth semesters at the Law School may be terminated from the school. A petition for reinstatement following termination will be considered only upon a strong showing of probable future success in law school work.
Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar
321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312.988.6738; Fax: 312.988.5681