J. Reuben Clark Law Society
Religious Conviction, Public Service, Professional Excellence
The Law Society is composed of students who share in the long-standing traditions of the legal profession and have a common interest in the attitudes and values associated with the name of J. Reuben Clark. Membership in the JRCLS is multi-faith and open to all currently enrolled law students who share in the goals, ideals, and values of the Law Society.
Mission Statement and Purpose
"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."
The Law Society is guided by the philosophy, personal example, and values of its namesake, J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Those values include: (1) public service; (2) loyalty to the rule of law; and (3) appreciation for the religious dimension in society and in a lawyer's personal life.
Personal religious convictions can be the wellspring of moral and ethical values applied to the practice of law. However, by the time students enter college and law school their religious and moral values are fairly well established. Technical courses in legal ethics tend to inform students of details more than motivate them to adopt broad new moral principles in their personal lives. For this reason, in addition to encouraging adherence to conventional rules of professional responsibility, the Law Society also seeks to reinforce the basic values already held by students who have strong religious convictions.
By broadly encouraging the teaching of religious and moral values within the study of law, the Law Society hopes to have a lasting impact on the development of moral foundations among law students and throughout society.