J. Reuben Clark was a brilliant attorney and statesman. A dedicated Mormon, or member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed “Mormons”), he is a shining example of his faith and of his profession. This site provides well-documented and accurate information about his life and his works, and provides answers as to why he is held in high esteem by historians, members of the judiciary, and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to this day.
On March 9, 1971, Harold B. Lee, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Chairman of the Church Board of Education, officially announced that Brigham Young University would establish a law school. However, the J. Reuben Clark School of Law project had been in process for quite some time prior to the announcement.
Brigham Young University started down the path of creating a law school as early as 1899 when a Provo, Utah, attorney offered to donate his personal library
The J. Reuben Clark Law Society is comprised of primarily Latter-day Saint or Mormon attorneys (members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), however membership is open to all attorneys who desire membership and whose goals match those of the organization. The J. Reuben Clark Law Society mission statement 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.”