Handbook | Introduction

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society (“Law Society”), begun in 1988, has grown to a membership around 10,000 with Lawyer and Student Chapters in over 17 countries. Law Society events and activities are designed to fulfill the Law Society’s mission, which is:

We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer’s personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.

As set forth in the bylaws, the governing structure of the Law Society consists of the Executive Committee, International Board of Directors (Board), Chapter Relations Council, Student Chapters Board and Clark Society Advisors.

The primary purpose of the Board is to support the leadership of local Law Society Chapters in fulfilling the unique mission of the Law Society. The Board has organized eight committees to develop support resources for local Chapter leadership. These eight committees are:

  • Membership & Technology
  • Community Service & Outreach
  • Conference & Events
  • Media
  • Sections
  • Finance
  • Women in the Law
  • Student Chapters Committee

Each committee meets regularly. The secretary of each committee takes minutes. The chair of each committee is on the Board, which meets monthly.

The Law Society has a mutually benficial relationship with the BYU Law School. BYU Law School is the founder and the primary sponsor of the Law Society. The Law Society functions under the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status of BYU, which requires strict neutrality regarding partisan political activities and which also place certain restrictions on lobbying and other political activities. The Law Society participates in the Coordinating Council which coordinates activities and events of other LDS and BYU professional organizations.

The material contained in this Handbook is a compilation of policies, programs, ideas and advice representing the collective experiences of those who have provided many years of leadership to the Law Society and the best practices of Law Society Chapters. We welcome and solicit your ideas and the best practices of your Chapter for inclusion in this Handbook.

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