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Pre-law

So you want to be a lawyer? At Sweet Briar College, we've created a dynamic network for pre-law preparation. It's all about the process — determining if law school is right for you, and helping you get there.

Sweet Briar's pre-law program is personal and accessible, and includes a variety of tools to identify and assist students who are interested in a law career. On campus, there are workshops hosted by our career services team, informal dinner meetings with faculty and mock trials. Online social media tools such as Facebook will connect you with Sweet Briar alumnae who are currently in law school or working as lawyers. Our alumnae can talk to you about their experiences and may help you land job and internship opportunities.

Students on the pre-law track have worked as interns in the Senate, House and U.S. Supreme Court; the United Nations and the Council of Foreign Relations; the Virginia General Assembly and governor's office; and as presidential management fellows.

Because Sweet Briar is a small liberal arts college with an average class size of about 15 students, you're not just a number. Your professors will actually know you — your strengths, your weaknesses, what makes you tick. This personal attention is an invaluable asset, not only in the classroom but also when it's time for securing letters of recommendation to law school.

Sweet Briar's pre-law program is made up of a multidisciplinary advising team, which includes Dr. Stephen Bragaw, the College's Carter Glass Professor of Government. Attorney and visiting assistant professor of business Tom Loftus also is on the pre-law team, as is Dr. Lynn Laufenberg from the history department. Both teach law-related courses in their departments.

The College's award-winning career services office also plays an integral role in the pre-law program, facilitating internships, workshops and other experiential learning opportunities.


Steve Bragaw
Professor of Government

Lynn Laufenberg
Associate Professor of History

Tom Loftus
Visiting Assistant Professor of Business