William and Mary Law School

The George Wythe Society of Citizen Lawyers

This civic leadership program recognizes and encourages students’ community service and civic participation. The program honors George Wythe (1726-1806), William & Mary's —and the nation’s — first professor of law. To bring the Law School's early history to life and introduce first-year students to the citizen-lawyer ideal, the Society sponsors a guided walking tour each fall that begins at the Law School, winds its way through the streets of Colonial Williamsburg, includes a visit to George Wythe's home, and ends at the historic Wren Building on the William & Mary campus. Other activities vary from year to year, but include lectures, courses, conferences, community service projects, and mentorship opportunities to aid students’ growth as citizens and leaders.