Legal Scholars

Due to scheduling and other issues Legal Scholars will not be meeting this semester, but will resume next semester if there is sufficient interest.  Students wishing to participate in Legal Scholars next semester should email Professor Randy Dryer directly at no later than September 15, 2019.   Meetings will be held at the S.J. Quinney College of Law on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm.  Dinner will be provided.


Who we are:  Selected Honors students who are interested in how legal issues interact with social, political, business and cultural realities.

What we do:  Legal Scholars meet together approximately every two weeks for the purpose of discussing major judicial opinions, addressing current legal trends, observing actual court proceedings and interacting with judges and practicing lawyers.  Scholars will also have the opportunity to meet with the admissions Dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law and attend various invitation-only law related University events.

2018-2019 Discussion Topics & Activities




Randy Dryer, J.D.
Presidential Honors Professor
Professor of Law (Lecturer)

Professor Dryer started his career as a working journalist in both print and TV and then went to law school with the thought of becoming a network correspondent reporting on the Supreme Court. Along the way, he developed a love of the law and thus began his second career as a practicing lawyer at Utah’s largest law firm. There, he developed a media law litigation practice where he was able to combine law and journalism by representing many local and national news organizations, including 60 minutes, CNN, the New York Times, the Associated Press, Redbook Magazine and the Salt Lake Tribune, among others.

After 30 years as a practicing lawyer, he began phase three of his professional career when he was named as the Presidential Honors Professor at the University with a joint appointment at the law school and the Honors College.

How to Apply

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