Narrative: One of the First Female Graduates from USC's Law School

Sep 5, 2017

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, a unique oral history project that collects the voices of our times. 96-year-old Sarah Leverette graduated from USC', Law School in 1943, one of the first women to attend. Here (in this interview from late 2016), Leverette tells her friend Lisa Wilcox about her experience breaking down barriers to practice law.

Sarah Leverette went on to become the first female faculty member at USC's Law School and led the League of Women Voters. Learn more about Sarah Leverette's life and career here. To hear her full interview and other select interviews from a local StoryCorps partner, visit

Update: Leverette, now 97, received the the 2017 Rev. Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney Award for Justice in August 2017 from The SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center. The award recognizes Leverette's works as an advocate for women's equal rights.