Pre-Law Advisors

Nim Batchelor
Nim Batchelor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
(336) 278-5698


Dr. Nim Batchelor, who served as director of the Pre-Law Program from 1992 until 2008, provides close supervision and advice for pre-law students. An associate professor of philosophy, he has been president of the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors and chair of the Pre-Law Advisors National Council.  He completed his dissertation on the philosophy of law, which continues to be his primary academic field of interest.

Ashley Hairston
Ashley Hairston, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English and of Law and Humanities
(336) 278-6412
Dr. Hairston, who served as Director of the Pre-Law Program from 2008 to 2011, works closely with pre-law advisees, and offers research assistance and advice to any Elon undergraduates iinterested in the intersection of law and other disciplines.  He is also the Director of Elon's Center for Law and Humanities. He teaches courses in law and humanities for both undergraduates and Elon law students. As Associate Professor of English and of Law and Humanities, Dr. Hairston bridges the academic and professional space, teaching American Literature, African American and Asian American Literatures, and classical literature, in addition to law-related courses. He is also admitted to the North Carolina Bar. His research interests include classical influences on African-American Literature and American Literature broadly, African American intellectual history, Asian American Literature, American Studies, and law, literature and humanities. As a former Association Dean (assistant dean) at the University of Virginia, he is also interested in issues of academic performance, curricular development, and education law and policy.
Betty Morgan
Betty Morgan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science & Public Administration
(336) 278-6428


Dr. Betty Morgan, director of the Elon Center for Public Affairs, holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Tech and a Master's Degree in European Union Law from the University of Leicester in the UK.  Dr. Morgan is a member of the Lithuanian-American Bar Association, the International Law and Society Association and the American Society of International Law. Dr. Morgan's European work involves developing legal internships for students in non-governmental agencies and organizations. These experiential educational opportunities focus on issues of international law, rule of law, and the development of European Union Law.

Chalmers Brumbaugh
Chalmers Brumbaugh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
(336) 278-6436
Dr. Chalmers Brumbaugh, Professor of Political Science, works closely with pre-law students and specializes in the coordination of internships.
Sharon Spray
Sharon Spray, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Political Science
(336) 278-6430



Dr. Spray received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Montana followed by graduate studies at Claremont Graduate School’s Center for Politics and Economics where she earned a Masters of Politics and a Ph.D. in Political Science.  She teaches courses in domestic and international environmental policy as well as courses on the U.S. Presidency and the U.S. Congress.