Jeff Sessions' Educational Background: How Law Savvy is Our New Attorney General?
Why They’ve Earned Our Notice:
Jeff Sessions was sworn in as the 84th Attorney General on February 9th of 2017. Unlike much of Trump’s retinue, he possesses ample experience in public and governmental services. In fact, he served as an Alabaman senator for more than two decades. However, it was not his ample experience that made his appointment controversial. The former government employee is infamous for his racially insensitive comments. His extremely conservative record, in which he opposed both same-sex marriage and TARP, also raises some eyebrows. As US Attorney General, Sessions will act as a legal counselor to the legislature and play “People’s Lawyer” for all the nation’s citizens.
Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III came into the world on Christmas Eve of 1946. He learned about business at a young age and quickly came to appreciate his Scottish-Irish heritage. His father, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions Junior, owned a general store and a farm equipment dealership. While attending the local school, he spent a lot of time with the local Boy Scout troop. By 1964, he’d earned the distinction of Eagle Scout. Building upon the skills learned in Boy Scouts, he served in the US Reserves throughout much of the 1970s. Being a soldier, however, was not his calling. His true passion was law.
- Wilcox County High School: Jeff Sessions graduated from Camden’s Wilcox County High School (WCHS) in the mid-1960s. In modern times, this high school is home to roughly 600 students in grades 9 to 12. The school serves as home to a wide variety of clubs including Future Farmers of America, book club, and science club.
- Huntingdon College: Sessions graduated with a B.A. from Huntingdon College in 1969. While there, he served as student body president. A coeducational, private liberal arts college, Huntingdon was originally founded as the Tuskegee Female College in 1854. The school currently boasts 15 varsity teams and 1100 students. Due to its long history, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in early 2000.
- University of Alabama: Lawyers are not hewn solely from bachelor’s degrees. After his graduation from Huntingdon, Jeff Sessions enrolled at the University of Alabama to complete his J.D. The University of Alabama (UA) is a public research university centered in Tuscaloosa. It’s the largest and oldest of any public university in the state. It offers students a choice of 13 different academic divisions. The U.S. News & World Report consistently names UA as one of the top public universities in the country.