About Us

A welcome from the Academic Director

Take a few minutes to investigate a unique undergraduate experience, one we believe positions students extremely well, not just for a career, but to follow the challenge of Micah 6:8 to do justice and love mercy.

At Lipscomb, experiential learning is at the center of a student’s work. The Fred D. Gray Institute for Law, Justice & Society is home to a rigorous and challenging undergraduate academic program that is one of the few in the nation taught from a justice and civil change point of view. Graduates enjoy a placement rate into law school or law-related professions at a rate approaching 100 percent.

In addition to its degree program, the institute hosts special events related to law and legal institutions, promotes dialogue related to the legal community, and offers programs of interest to the community at large. Consequently, students benefit from an undergraduate experience in the law that is broad and significant and offers opportunities to build unique perspectives in several ways:

  • With a multidisciplinary undergraduate legal education
  • Through timely and thoughtful community dialogue on contemporary social and legal issues
  • By exposure to global issues related to law, justice and society, such as providing rule of law training in countries with developing democracies
  • With an opportunity to assist in training K-12 students at Lipscomb Academy on the American legal system and good citizenship

Randy Spivey
Academic Director, Fred D. Gray Institute for Law, Justice & Society

Key things to know about Lipscomb’s Institute for Law, Justice and Society

  • Only program in the nation that incorporates travel to Washington, D.C., and London in the course curriculum.
  • One of only a handful of programs with service-learning classes, which means students serve in the community while learning meaningful theoretical and practical lessons. All students in the LJS program earn the distinguished SALT Scholar designation at graduation.
  • Located in Nashville, Tennessee’s state capitol, students interact with federal and state legislators, lobbyists, attorneys and politicians. Many of the class sessions are taught by these accomplished individuals.
  • Fully engaged learning experience with case studies, simulations, community service, film clips, local tours, and trips abroad to ensure students are prepared for successful careers at graduation.
  • Includes a required project surrounding a social cause of personal interest. Elements of the project are part of the student’s entire educational immersion. The project is presented during the student’s senior year to a panel of politicians, attorneys, and community advocates during the Law, Justice & Society Symposium held in the spring.