Legal Scholars

*Current Legal Scholars who wish to return should reapply but returners needn’t provide references or complete an essay

Applications completed on or before Monday, May 6, 2019 will receive priority consideration.

Enrollment limited to 20 students, preference given to juniors and seniors, although all are welcome to apply.

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



2019-2020 Meeting Information

Exact meeting dates are yet to be determined (either Wednesday or Thursday evenings at the College of Law beginning at 6:00 pm)


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

Space is limited to 20 students and preference is given to first and second year students. Check individual group pages to apply for 2018-19!