College of Humanities and Fine Arts recent graduates see a high success rate in law school placement

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Nathaniel Humphrey with United States Congressman Brett Guthrie

Nathaniel Humphrey, ’21: As an undergraduate student, he served as an intern to United
States Congressman Brett Guthrie in Washington, D.C.

MURRAY, Ky. – The Murray State University College of Humanities and Fine Arts (CHFA) has produced
a high rate of recent graduates being accepted into a law school post-graduation.
The students from the department who have applied for law school have seen a 100 percent
success rate of getting into a school with a majority of these graduates receiving
scholarships.

Dr. Kathy Callahan, Chair of the Department of History, and Dr. Drew Seib, Chair of
the Department of Political Science and Sociology, have aided these students in preparing
them best for their future law school and bar endeavors.

The Department of Political Science and Sociology in the CHFA offers a pre-law program
with a focus in political science combining a political science major with a pre-law
minor. With the pre-law area, the undergraduate pre-law students work towards two
objectives: admission to law school and to complete an undergraduate degree which
will help students compete in law school. Former pre-law students have gone on to
a variety of law schools, including University of Louisville, St. Louis University
and University of Kentucky.

“Yes, recently of the graduates in our pre-law program who have applied for law school,
100 percent of them got into law school somewhere,” said Seib. “Many of our students
do go on to get into one of their top choices, even with scholarships. We have quite
a few alums in law school now who are receiving 80 percent plus tuition scholarships
and others with smaller scholarships. In addition, it’s worth noting that LSAT scores
for students in our program have been going up. This I’m sure also helps with the
acceptance rate and scholarships.”

Callahan highlights recent alumni of the CHFA and their current endeavors:

  • Joseph Tondini, ‘18: Completed law school at Southern Illinois University in 2022

  • Will True, ‘18: Clerking for the Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court and
    attended law school at Belmont University

  • Nathaniel Humphrey, ’21: As an undergraduate student, he served as an intern to United
    States Congressman Brett Guthrie in Washington, D.C. and currently is attending law
    school at Northern Kentucky University

  •  Dalton York, ’21: On-air personality on the Western Kentucky University NPR Station
    in Bowling Green and will be attending Brandeis Law School at the University of Louisville
    in the fall of 2023

  • Nicholas (Nick) Jackson, ’17: Previously worked as an admissions officer at several
    universities and now will be attending law school at the University of Louisville
    or the University of Kentucky

  • Eric Gray, ‘19: Completed a Master of Arts degree in History at Murray State and now
    will be attending the University of Memphis for law school

  • Chancie Coleman, ’12: Earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Murray State and is now
    an attorney in Murray, Kentucky

“My degree in History from Murray State was a vital component to both my acceptance
into law school and academic success throughout my three years of legal education,”
said True. “History allowed me to develop my writing skills while studying a discipline
that naturally sparks my interest. I believe having that opportunity was a contributing
factor for my competitive GPA, which is often one of the most important criteria used
by law schools in making admissions decisions. Additionally, having already extensively
written throughout my time at Murray State prepared me for the rigorous writing requirements
at law school.”

“Will True is a real star,” said Callahan. “All of our students have been successful
when applying to law school. Joseph Tondini recently graduated from Southern Illinois
University, William True recently graduated from Belmont and Nathanial Humphrey is
currently a law student at Northern Kentucky University.”

“We have several notable recent alumni,” said Seib. “One in particular, Cole Manion,
will be clerking for Justice Sarah Campbell of the Tennessee Supreme Court. It sounds
like Murray State has multiple alumni clerking for the Tennessee State Supreme Court!
Others have served as summer associates with law firms.”

For more information on the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the pre-law program
please visit murraystate.edu/CHFA or call 270-809-6937.

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