Edmonds Summer Legal Internship

The Edmonds Summer Legal Internship program began in the Summer 2020. To be eligible, applicants must be a junior or senior in college currently studying in a school of business.

The internship is named in honor of James “Jim” Quinton Edmonds, II, who was a business law professor at Freed-Hardeman University (1983-2012). To our attorney Steven McClelland, he was the first legal class he ever took, which began his love of the law.

Jim earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (1980) as well as Master of Business Administration from Murray State University (1987). He (1998) and Mr. McClelland (2008) both received Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University. As an educator, Dr. Edmonds brought his unique sense of humor to the study of business law. Always prepared and always eager to explain the law to his students.

Our summer intern is selected based on a number of qualities that were a part of Jim’s life. First, he was always humble with a spirit of teaching. Beyond his role as college professor, Jim served as an education director for his home congregation (Estate church of Christ) for over 20 years. Second, he had a heart for others. He served as a missionary in Bratislava, Slovakia (1992-1994) after being the first business faculty member to request such a leave. We believe these qualities of teaching and helping others should continue into the next generation of young leaders.

Our intern selection process evaluates candidates beginning with these qualities. Applications for 2021 will begin March 1, 2021 through March 15, 2021. Details for the 2021 internship will be released February 15, 2021.

Meet The 2020 Edmonds Summer Legal Intern

Ryan Ruppel was born in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. He is currently a junior accounting major at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee. His mission work includes time spent in Brazil and South Korea as well as the Chair for Domestic Missions for Chi Beta Chi. When he is not studying, he enjoys golfing and “doing anything involving water (jet skiing, rafting, etc.).”


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