Pre-Law: Concentration

A successful legal education builds upon fundamental skills and knowledge acquired as an undergraduate. Southern Virginia provides a rigorous liberal arts education that prepares students for law school by teaching them to think critically, analyze and interpret information, research effectively, write clearly, and develop concrete arguments.

Why Southern Virginia University

The Southern Virginia Core Curriculum provides all students with a transformative intellectual experience that engages them in the classroom and helps them to develop as individuals. In addition to the Core, students preparing for law school can take suggested preparatory courses and choose from a number of relevant majors including liberal arts, business management and leadership, and politics.

Law School Opportunities

At Southern Virginia, all students interested in law school can receive individualized pre-law advising to help them determine which law schools are right for them and prepare for law school as well as the Law School Aptitude Test. Our students often have an advantage when applying to law schools because their professors know them personally and can provide insight during the application process and write detailed letters of recommendation.

Southern Virginia graduates have attended a number of the nation’s top law schools including:

  • Stanford University
  • The George Washington University
  • Washington and Lee University
  • The College of William and Mary
  • Wake Forest University
  • The University of Utah
  • Brigham Young University
  • University of Richmond
  • Baylor University
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Faculty Contacts:

  • Rachel Wilcox Bates, J.D., Program Coordinator
  • Christopher Bates, J.D., Professor
  • Dr. Jeremiah John, Political Science Program Coordinator