Majoring in history is one of the most effective ways to prepare for a legal career. In all of the Department’s courses, students are required to read deeply, write clearly, and think critically—skills that are essential to success in law school and beyond.
In the past decade and a half, Rhodes history majors have been accepted to and graduated from many of the top fifty law schools in the country, including New York University, Duke University, the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, Vanderbilt University, the University of Texas, Tulane University, the University of Florida, and Southern Methodist University.
The Department of History advises its pre-law students to do the following:
• Contact Prof. Huebner, the history pre-legal advisor, to ask to be added to the Department’s pre-legal email list. This will ensure that you will not miss out on special lectures and events of interest to pre-law students.
• Attend the legal profession networking event in October, co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Office of Alumni Relations.
• Take a course of study that will provide strong preparation for law school. This includes European and United States history courses, particularly The Supreme Court in U.S. History (History 105) and U.S. Constitutional History (History 351-352).
Students should consider adding courses in English, logic, and political science.
• Register for one of the Department’s four internships at well-established Memphis law firms. Enrollment in one of these internships requires completion of the internship application, as well as registration in History 461.
Holland & Associates, PLLC Legal Intern – Work with a “holistic” lawyer in office work and legal project such as a legal brief, legal memorandum, settlement or negotiation letter; meet with supervising attorney at least bi-weekly; participate in trials when possible. Holistic law is a multidisciplinary, or more client-oriented and problem-solving oriented approach to legal problems, than traditional legal practice which tends to be more litigation and adversarial in approach.
Lawrence & Russell, Attorneys – Interns must possess excellent organizational skills and basic computer knowledge to provide assistance to Case Managers and Associates in an East Memphis law firm that focuses on employee benefits/labor and employment law. As these positions require direct interaction with our firm′s senior partners, the applicant should be self-driven and possess excellent writing skills. The applicants must be able to work independently and to work well with others. Undergraduate interns will assist the firm’s staff with a variety of legal tasks. For example, the selected individual(s) will conduct detailed telephonic interviews and will negotiate with attorneys nationwide to settle lien claims on behalf of Lawrence & Russell’s clients. The intern(s) will be responsible for supporting a wide variety of assignments and responsibilities and will be exposed to a range of legal issues.
Padgett, Whitworth, Donohue and Mickiewicz, Legal Intern – Assist with case management, research for cases, writing letters to clients, opposing attorneys, and any other individual or company involved in the cases, brief preparation of files for clients, court dates, and hearings. Interns ill have direct contact with clients.
Law Offices of J. Vincent Perryman: – Assist attorneys in drafting legal memoranda, legal briefs, and demand letters, as well as performing legal research in a law firm that practices family law, probate law, estate planning, business law, and tax law. The intern will participate in court and trials when possible and will meet with a supervising attorney at least once a week to discuss progress and assignments.