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Political Science Alumni Stories – Sydney Britt

I graduated from Mars Hill in May of 2020, with a major in International Studies and a Minor in Spanish. Ultimately, what led me to MHU was athletics, and in my time at MHU, I was a member of the Cross Country, Track and Field, and Cheerleading teams. However, I soon came to realize that if I wanted to attend and be prepared for law school upon graduation, I needed to align myself with the best department on campus. While I was not technically a Political Science major, the International Studies program overlaps significantly and I found myself in many of Dr. Hawn’s classes.

I am currently in law school at the Louisiana State University Law Center.

My involvement in the Political Science/International Studies programs was a significant benefiting factor in my admission to a top 100 law school. By being taught using the Socratic method, I was fully prepared for the way law school classes are run. In addition, the LSAT prep course taught by Dr. Heather Hawn was extremely helpful and provided me with invaluable study tools and tips that helped me achieve a score high enough to gain acceptances to many well-renowned law schools. I developed my writing, research, and analytical thinking skills tremendously through my Political Science and International Studies classes, which in turn has enabled me to succeed in my law school classes.

Dr. Hawn is truly brilliant and has challenged me in classes, discussions, and assignments. In addition, Dr. Hawn was incredibly helpful and available in answering my many questions, reviewing my personal statement, and writing letters of recommendation when I was navigating the law school admissions process.

I cannot say enough good things about the Mars Hill Political Science program. If you intend to apply to law school, the most important first-step you should take is to join the Political Science program.

–Sydney Britt ’20, LSU Law Center