Program Overview

DEGREE TYPE
Pre-Professional
DEPARTMENT
Office of Pre-Professional Advising
Department Chair Name
Maya Russell
DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT
Susan Kindall

What is a pre-law track?

A pre-law track is designed for students who wish to explore career options in the legal profession. Pre-law is a way for undergraduates to engage in law-related classes, internships, research and study away opportunities to 1) help them determine if law is an appropriate path for them, and 2) prepare them with the skills, know-how and experiences to be accepted to law school either after graduation or years later.

Why explore pre-law at Furman?

You’ve thought about law as a profession, but you may not be sure it’s the right career path. Pre-law at Furman gives you the chance to investigate law professions while you pursue any of the 70-plus majors, minors and programs that Furman offers. Guided by a dedicated, full-time pre-law advisor, you’ll develop a powerful set of skills – problem-solving, critical thinking, research, organization, collaboration and time-management – while boosting verbal and written communication competencies and learning ways to promote public service and justice. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today. Furman’s pre-law advisor is with you every step of the way, from introducing you to different legal professions to preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) to applying for law school and helping you secure funding for it. Contact the pre-law advisor in the Office of Pre-Professional Advising to start the conversation.

How will you learn?

It’s not surprising that Furman’s law school acceptance rate for alumni far exceeds national averages by over 20 percentage points (see Fast Facts). On top of one-on-one advising for students and graduates alike, pre-law at Furman exposes future juris doctorate candidates to admission workshops, law school visits, regional Law School Admission Council (LSAC) forums and more, to familiarize you with the law school admission process and how to expertly navigate the demands once admitted.

Based in Furman’s Office of Pre-Professional Advising, the Furman pre-law advisor hosts law schools on campus, attorney panels and attorney-alumni gatherings, which connect you to the local legal community. You’ll learn from speakers and participate in career treks to understand the many roles you can play in the legal profession. You’ll also gain practical, hands-on experience through targeted legal internships in the fast-growing city of Greenville, South Carolina. And since Furman’s hometown is not a law school hub, you won’t be competing with law students for the top internships at legal firms and offices in the area.

Law-related courses

There are no academic major or course requirements for pre-law at Furman. You’ll find law-related content in nearly every department on campus. Students should meet with the pre-law advisor to discuss current course offerings and courses they may find interesting. Some samples include:

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  • 94%
    law school acceptance rate for Furman seniors in the last five years
  • 71%
    national law school acceptance rate in the last five years
  • 70
    law schools where Furman students have been accepted in last five years
What our students say
“Furman pre-law has remained a core part of my Furman experience from my first interest meeting with Maya Russell freshman year to tackling the law school admissions process as an alum. Maya is Furman’s greatest asset for its pre-law students and has built pre-law advising from the ground up through open-door student appointments, pre-professional programming with high-profile attorneys in varied fields, and invaluable partnerships and presentations with law school admissions officers.”
– Andrew Allen ’21, B.A., politics and international affairs and history; J.D. candidate, The George Washington University Law School

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s faculty, in addition to your pre-law advisor, represent decades of study and real-world expertise. Take your first steps by contacting the pre-law advisor, or contact Furman Admissions to learn more about how to apply.

While pre-law is not a major at Furman, many of our faculty members teach law-related courses, and some of them have partnered with students on research. Some of our faculty who teach law-related courses include:

Erik Anderson

Department Chair, Philosophy

Brittany Arsiniega

Assistant Professor, Politics and International Affairs

Nathan Cook

John D. Hollingsworth, Jr., Professor of Economics

Teresa Nesbitt Cosby

Professor, Politics & International Affairs

Akan Malici

Professor, Politics and International Affairs

Laura Morris

Associate Professor, English; Co-director, Furman Prison Education Partnership

Glen Halva-Neubauer

Dana Professor, Politics and International Affairs

Danielle Vinson

Professor, Politics and International Affairs
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