Benita Powell, assistant general counsel at Fayetteville State University (FSU), has served as FSU’s lead Pre-Law Advisor since 2011. Under her leadership, FSU developed a dynamic pre-law society, an institutional major focused on pre-law, and an interdisciplinary advisory board. Powell believes in mentoring with the holistic aim to achieve leadership, networking, and academic growth. The FSU pipeline program boasts an 86% acceptance rate among pre-law advised students and alumni. Since the inception of the pre-law program, 61 pre-law students have been admitted to law schools around the country. Among the law schools that FSU pre-law students have been admitted to attend are:
Florida Agricultural and Methodist University,
Michigan State University,
New York Law,
North Carolina Central University,
Seton Hall University,
Southern Illinois University,
St. Louis University,
University of the District of Columbia,
University of Florida,
University of Kansas,
University of Missouri,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
University of South Carolina,
University of Tennessee,
Wake Forest University,
Washburn University, and
Williams and Mary University,
Powell currently serves as president-elect of the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SAPLA). SAPLA is an organization that brings together pre-law advisors and law school admissions staff in an effort to provide everyone in the law school admissions process with up-to-date information and expert guidance. Powell will serve a two-year term as President beginning in October 2019.
Powell, who also serves as FSU’s assistant legal counsel, is a native of Reidsville, N.C.. Powell earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Duke University. She earned a Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law and a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Powell is a licensed attorney in the State of North Carolina. Prior to joining FSU’s Office of Legal Affairs, Powell served as general counsel of Health Care Connections, Inc. in Raeford, NC and as an associate attorney for Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton in Winston-Salem, NC.
Powell spends her free time with her daughter, Savannah, who is a high school early college student. Powell also serves as a member of the Board of Paralegal Certification of the North Carolina Bar, member of the Minorities in the Profession Pre-Law Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association, and a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Powell is a Life and Silver Star member of the Upsilon Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she serves as co-chair of the Cultured PEARLS committee, a mentoring program for high school women. She also serves as parliamentarian for the Fayetteville Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
FSU is an HBCU and constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers nearly 60 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,000 students, FSU is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.