Looking for a vocation with purpose-driven application? The study of law opens doors to many professional opportunities, diverse areas of practice, and skills transferable to a variety of careers—from academia and consulting to management and mediation.

Why pre-law at Sewanee?

What's great about Sewanee's pre-law program is that it’s not an academic track. You can major in anything you want—from Biology to Women's and Gender studies—and still be in this program. 

If you're interested in a career in law, pre-law advisors will suggest appropriate courses and offer advice about how best to seek admission to law schools. Sewanee also offers the LSAT three times each year.

The Association of American Law Schools does not prescribe specific courses or activities for preparation to study law. Undergraduates are best advised to concentrate on areas of study aimed at developing oral and written expression, language comprehension, critical understanding of the human institutions and values closely related to law, and a logical and systematic approach to solving problems.

some places our pre-law students have gone

Sewanee has been the starting point for many successful careers in the private practice of law, the corporate world, government and the armed forces, nonprofits, and in law schools

  • Robin Rotman, C'04, Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of Yale Law School.
  • David Barnes, C'05, graduated first in his class at Vanderbilt Law School.
  • Ryan Barry, C'08, graduated first in his class at the University of Tennessee School of Law.
  • Matthew Lafferman, C'10, graduated magna cum laude at the George Mason School of Law.
  • LaToyia Slay, C'11, graduated as the valedictorian of the Mississippi College School of Law in 2014.
Is law school right for me?

The decision to go to law school is a big one. It demands a great deal of personal commitment and financial sacrifice. We suggest that you do your homework, but you don't have to do that alone. Explore legal work with a summer internship through Sewanee's Office of Career & Leadership Development or participate in Sewanee’s moot court competition. 

A Sampling of Courses


Andrea C. Hatcher
Professor of Politics and Director, Pre-Law Program


Guerry Hall 205-B, Ext. 1652

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