The Pre-Law program prepares students for law school and guides them through the law school admissions process.

Law school graduates work as attorneys, judges, and activists in a wide variety of settings—from government and the corporate world to grass-roots and social-change movements.

Students in the Library
  • Students on Campus
  • In Class
  • Students Studying Outside

What should I major in if I want to go to law school?

What you study as an undergraduate is less important than the quality of the education you receive. Pre-Law students often major in:

  • English
  • Business
  • Economics
  • International Studies
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Foreign Language
  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Math
  • Communication

Law schools want students who can think, read and write. We strongly recommend selecting rigorous classes and participating in the University Honors Program, so that you can show your capacity to perform well at an academically rigorous level.

Why should I go to Maryville University for Pre-Law?

In addition to getting the personalized attention you deserve, you will be encouraged to build a strong record of scholarly engagement outside of the classroom. Our faculty will guide you based on your interests and career goals.

Law school admissions officers have found that Maryville students are able to prosper as students of the law and go on to represent their law schools with distinction in corporations, government, higher education and private practice. Today Maryville alumni are practicing throughout the world as partners in national law firms, prosecutors, litigators and government officials.

Program Overview

  • Your Pre-Law adviser will guide you in selecting courses that will improve the skills you need succeed in law school
  • Guest speakers from law school admissions offices and from the legal practice
  • The “Sophomore-Year Review,” in which you write a practice law school application and undergo a mock interview
  • Tips on preparing for the all-important Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)

Our Pre-Law Adviser:

Davis Brown, Ph.D., J.D.

Dr. Brown is our Pre-Law adviser at Maryville University. While students with all different majors are successfully admitted to Law School, having a knowledgeable mentor gives students an edge. At Maryville University we have a Pre-Law adviser with a wealth of experience in practice as well as academic credentials. Davis Brown has both  a law degree and a doctoral degree. He has practiced and continues to publish. He enjoys mentoring Maryville University students and sharing his knowledge and experiences with them!

  • professor of political science
  • was a lawyer for 13 years in the military and in private practice in the DC area
  • was in the U.S. Air Force for 8 years as a JAG; served in Operations Southern Watch and Desert Fox
  • went to law school at New York University (a top 10 law school)
  • he has an LL.M. degree in international law from George Washington University Law School
  • his legal experience includes criminal law, insurance claims, trusts and estates, litigation, medical malpractice, contract law, labor law, international law, and the law of armed conflict

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