Storytelling is an essential skill for lawyers and leaders. The mission of BYU LawStories is to teach law students the theory and practice of great storytelling.
Lawyers tell stories because the practice of law is a human-centered endeavor. “Lawyers, who are, when all is said and done, professional storytellers, should develop this skill, and . . . those who do develop it will have a decided advantage over those who do not” (Foley and Robbins, Fiction 101 at 465). Storytelling combines the ability to think, organize, write, and speak. As students engage with storytelling through BYU LawStories, they will practice each of these steps on the journey to becoming effective storytellers.
BYU LawStories is comprised of three core elements: LawReads, Proximate Cause, and LawStories on the Mainstage. LawReads is a book of the semester program meant to initiate deeper reflection on the role of law in human affairs. BYU Law students are able to practice the skill of short narrative as they share how their law school experience has enabled them to effect social change through “getting proximate” with individuals and communities. LawStories on the MainStage is an opportunity for law students across the country to meld law, personal experience, and the art of storytelling in the written and oral forms.
Moving into a new year, we are excited to announce our next selections for BYU LawReads. Join us in our journey into insider trading on Wall Street and racial segregation across America.
Students are invited to submit entries in the LawStories Proximate Cause Instagram contest. How has your law school experience helped you get proximate with people? What is your cause? How has law school helped you get proximate with that cause? A summer experience? A clinic? Volunteer work? Post a photo with a caption (limit 2200 characters) online using #BYULaw and #ProximateCause. (For those not on Instagram, email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.)