Why prepare for Law School at MC?
Law is a vast and fascinating field of study that does not require a foundation in any specific discipline. You may choose to major in subjects that are considered to be traditional preparation for law school, such as political science, history, criminal justice, English, philosophy, economics or business. You also may choose to major in other areas such as art, music, science and mathematics, computer science, nursing or education. Law schools are more concerned with the quality of your educational experience, as well as the skills you have acquired along the way, than with your major. Maryville College teaches its students how to be good law school students and, ultimately, strong additions to the legal community. 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.
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: Second-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 is concentrating 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
Maryville College Criminal Minds is a student-led organization for students interested in law enforcement, pre-law, crime and justice. This organization serves as the pre-law society and is committed to meeting the needs of all of its members. Pre-law events include guest speakers, LSAT workshops, court observations, networking opportunities for internships, law school panels, law student panels and more.
Maryville College annually sends a team of students to participate in the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL), a forum for student leaders to exchange ideas, express their opinions and learn how government works. Its four programs are patterned after the essential elements of public service: legislative, AMC3 (the Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge), lobbying and media. Contact Maryville College Criminal Minds to find out how to get involved.