Why prepare for Law School at MC?
Can you think on your feet, when everyone is watching you? Are you excited about the challenge of reading large amounts of material, looking for that one piece of evidence that can crystalize your argument? Is looking for both truth and justice important to you? Maryville College teaches its students how to be good law school students and, ultimately, strong additions to the legal community. More important, if you are willing to accept the challenge, the skills you learn at MC about communication and rhetoric, reading comprehension and critical analysis, logic, ethics and leadership ensure you will be successful in law school and beyond. Our faculty in economics, environmental studies, history, literature, philosophy, political science and psychology have taught generations of MC alums who have gone on to top law schools, such as Duke, Georgetown and Vanderbilt, and are now successful attorneys and prosecutors advocating for their clients throughout America. The journey is hard, but the rewards are many. If you are ready; come join us and learn about the law at Maryville College.
Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.
Meet a Graduate
Josh Anderson ’18
Currently: First-Year Student at the University of Tennessee College of Law
When he applied to law school, Josh had already written legislation that had been passed by the Tennessee General Assembly and signed by the governor. SB524/HB462, which advocated for the implementation of American Sign Language (ASL) textbooks and curriculum to satisfy foreign language requirements in Tennessee schools, originated in the 2016 Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL). Josh, a Political Science major and member of the College’s TISL team, co-wrote the bill with fiancée Molly Ridgeway ’18, who is non-verbal and uses ASL to communicate.
Fittingly, Josh plans to concentrate his study in advocacy and dispute resolution while in law school. He wants to engage the political process to help bring change.
“Maryville College has prepared me to face any academic challenge that I am faced with in my law school experience,” he said. “Most importantly, Maryville has instilled into me the value of serving others – inspiring me to truly strive to ‘Do good on the largest possible scale.’”
Erin Cawthorn Gomez ’12
Currently: Associate with Carr Allison law firm in Chattanooga
Erin, a Spanish and International Studies double-major at MC, enrolled at Emory University School of Law where she became editor of the Emory International Law Review, president of the Emory Immigration Law Practice Society and member of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic. She interned with the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Labor and The Coca-Cola Company. Erin graduated with honors and earned her J.D. in 2016. “MC prepared me well for the demands of law school,” she said. “I knew how to show up to class prepared and ready to participate in class discussion. The dreaded ‘cold call’ that terrified my classmates who went to bigger schools and had never been called on by professors didn’t bother me. The writing skills I developed at MC helped me win awards for brief-writing and get published in my law review. Because of MC, I was able to think critically, communicate clearly and achieve high grades and wonderful practical experiences.”
Law School Placements
Appalachian School of Law
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis
Dalhousie University School of Law
Duke University School of Law
Emory University School of Law
Florida Coastal University School of Law
Florida State University College of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Mercer University Walter F. George Law School
New York University School of Law
Syracuse University Law School
University of District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
University of Tennessee College of Law
University of Washington School of Law
Wake Forest University School of Law
The Maryville College Pre-Law Society is a student-led organization that meets regularly to learn more about law schools and career options within the legal field. In recent years, the Society has invited back to campus MC graduates in law school, private practice and public service to share their perspectives and mentor current students.