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William Mims

Department of Leadership and American Studies - Pre-Law

William Mims


Luter Hall 218


  • LLM in Law, Georgetown University School of Law
  • JD in Law, George Washington University School of Law
  • AB in History, The College of William and Mary


Encounters with the Constitution (AMST 120); Introduction to American Law (AMST 295); Covid-19 and the Constitution (AMST/LDSP 395)


William Mims took senior status as a justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia in 2022 and came to CNU. He is the director of the pre-law program and also teaches courses about the U.S. Constitution and American Law. He is a former attorney general of Virginia and member of the General Assembly. He is only the second Virginian in history to serve Virginia's top three legal positions – helping to make the law, enforce the law and interpret the law. He previously has taught as an adjunct professor at two Virginia law schools. He is deeply committed to teaching and mentoring undergraduates who may want to become legal professionals. Justice Mims graduated from the College of William & Mary and has law degrees from George Washington University (J.D.) and Georgetown University (LL.M.).

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