Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or be a BYU Law student or alum to be a Law Society member?
- No. The Law Society welcomes any law school student or graduate of any faith who supports the mission statement.
What is the difference between the BYU Law Alumni Chapter and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society?
- The BYU Law Alumni Chapter is a professional chapter within the BYU Alumni Association. The J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS) is an international, local chapter based society of faith-based attorneys and law students.
What is the relationship between BYU Law and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society?
- The Law Society is supported financially by BYU Law and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It operates under the 501(c)(3) established and maintained by BYU. BYU Law lends many of its resources and staff to supporting Law Society operations. Some BYU Law employees and alumni serve in Law Society leadership. Many Law Society members are BYU Law alumni.
What is the purpose of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society?
- To affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer’s religious conviction. To strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.
What are the benefits for me as a member of the Law Society?
- Membership in the J. Reuben Clark Law Society will provide you with unique opportunities to learn and serve through your association with others who are motivated by their religious conviction to promote the rule of law and use their legal skills to serve others.
- Privileges of general membership in the Society include professional association and mentoring, leadership opportunities, access to our online-searchable database, and invitations to educational events including lunches, dinners, firesides, symposiums, continuing legal education presentations, webinars, and conferences. Additional benefits of a membership include employment assistance and networking.
- The Law Society holds many events at the local and international level. These events often include continuing legal education; additionally, 30+ hours of continuing legal education are offered each year in conjunction with BYU’s Education Week.
What is the cost of membership?
- Membership is open to students and graduates from any law school and requires affirmative choice. Basic membership is free. Beginning Fall 2020, tiered membership dues will be associated with certain benefits. Additional dues are determined by local chapters.
What events are hosted by the J. Reuben Clark Law Society?
- The majority of events are held at the local level, and the nature of these is determined by local chapters. The JRCLS hosts three yearly international events: the Leadership Conference at Aspen Grove, the Annual Fireside, which is broadcast from Salt Lake City, and the Annual Conference, which is held in a different location every year.
What service opportunities are available to me as a member?
- Facilitating individual service is part of the mission of the Law Society. Public service is primarily promoted and provided at the local chapter level, and chapters provide many opportunities for service by helping others with their legal needs. Examples include pro bono service and mentoring law students and new attorneys.
Will membership in the Law Society require financially supporting BYU Law?
- No. The Law Society supports the rising generation of attorneys, including BYU Law students, but there is no expectation of financially supporting BYU Law.
How do I learn more about the Law Society?
- In addition to its website (jrcls.org), which includes articles, newsletters, and information about past and upcoming events, the Law Society communicates via Facebook, YouTube, and other social media accounts.
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