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Joseph F. Rice School of Law


Karen Reagan Britton

Title: Vice Dean for Admissions and Career & Professional Development
Department: Admissions, Career & Professional Development
Joseph F. Rice School of Law
Phone: 803-777-6605

1525 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Resources: CV [pdf]
Karen Reagan Britton

Dr. Britton was named the Vice Dean for Admissions and Career & Professional Development at the University of South Carolina School of Law in April 2021. She joined the USC School of Law in May of 2016, having served as the senior administrator overseeing student recruitment, admissions, strategic enrollment planning, diversity recruitment, scholarships, financial aid, employment services, and student career development at the University of Tennessee College of Law since 1994. Dr. Britton has worked with a range of audiences in legal education and practice, from undergraduates who are considering law school, candidates for admission evaluating law schools from financial and career perspectives, with law students exploring career options, with employers in managing their recruitment and hiring practices, with prelaw and other advisors to prospective law students, and with summer associates and attorneys in their career development.

Prior to her work in legal education, Dr. Britton spent almost a decade at Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, a large Nashville based law firm, where her responsibilities included law student recruitment, attorney hiring and client development. She is a former president of NALP, the National Association for Law Placement, where she has held leadership roles for three decades. She has served the Law School Admission Council on conference planning teams, the National Recruitment Work Group, and the Subcommittee on Misconduct & Irregularities in the Admissions Process. Britton served as a charter member of the Tennessee Bar Association Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. She is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on topics in law school admission, career planning, and student recruitment topics.

Britton earned a Doctor of Education with an emphasis on leadership studies in higher education, the masters in higher education and educational psychology, and the bachelor’s degree in foreign language education from the University of Tennessee. Her doctoral dissertation explored factors influencing first job choice of private practice among graduates of public law schools in the southeastern United States.


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