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Join us from Sunday, June 23, to Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Exploring Legal Careers summer workshop is taught by Susquehanna University faculty with relevant backgrounds and experience in public law, public policy and competitive public speaking activities. Workshop attendees will explore the legal environment in contemporary America and learn how to research higher education programs dedicated to law and legal careers.

You will learn about the structure of America's legal system and the political and legal foundations of current issues facing the country.

Throughout the week, faculty will advise you on how to evaluate pre-law programs and on best practices for eventually gaining admission to law school.

You will meet lawyers and judges in the field and learn about the kinds of cases they manage. You will acquire hands-on experience preparing for a Mock Trial simulation and, on the final day, you will stage the Mock Trial with other workshop students. Come to SU to learn more about the legal process and a career in law!

Apply for Exploring Legal Careers

Live on campus for a week experiencing college life while exploring whether a legal career is right for you.

Students who are currently 9th, 10th and 11th graders (minimum age 15) are invited to apply.

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Exploring Legal Careers

Get a firsthand impression of what a legal career involves.

Meet professionals who will share their experience and advice with you. Interactive role-playing with other students will help you determine what you're drawn to and what matches your interests.

Highlights of the week

  • Participate in a Mock Trial! Students play out the roles of prosecutor, defendant and witnesses in a criminal case.
  • Meet and hear presentations from a local judge and attorneys.
  • Delve into and discuss current legal controversies.
  • Visit a Pennsylvania state court.
  • Get tips on preparing for the LSAT exam and locating well-regarded pre-law programs.

Comprehensive fees for Exploring Legal Careers include room, meals and all program materials for the week.

  • $1,025

Scholarships are available based on financial need and academic performance. No full-tuition scholarships are available. A letter from your guidance counselor, indicating your eligibility for free/reduced lunch or other measure(s) of financial need, is required for scholarship consideration.

Selection is competitive and based on recommendations, academic skills, leadership qualities and future career aspirations.

All applications must be submitted no later than June 8. Payment must be made in full and all supporting  documentation must be received prior to your arrival on campus.

Michele DeMary | Co-director

Michele DeMary is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Susquehanna University, in addition to the pre-law advisor and director of the Legal Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Massachusetts and has taught at Susquehanna since 2000. She teaches courses on American government, women and politics, diversity in American politics, and constitutional law. Her research interests are in the areas of public law, state politics, and women and politics. She is also director of the university's French Language and Culture Global Opportunities program.

Nick Clark | Co-director

Nick Clark is an assistant professor of political science at Susquehanna University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University and has taught at Susquehanna since 2013. He teaches courses on public policy, comparative politics and theories of democratic citizenship. He serves as director of the university's Summer Session and as director of the Public Policy Program. His research focuses on public opinion, political representation and electoral behavior in advanced industrial democracies. He has over two decades of experience competing, judging and coaching in high school and collegiate speech and debate.

Rolfe Daus Peterson | Faculty Member

Rolfe Daus Peterson is an assistant professor of political science at Susquehanna University. He teaches courses in American politics, Congress, campaigns and elections, and research methods. His recent research on politics and social media has been published in the Social Science Journal and American Politics Research. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Idaho and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis.

You'll need a recommendation from anyone who knows you well and is not a relative, such as a teacher, guidance counselor, supervisor for a job or a volunteer position you hold, religious leader, etc.

Use this easy recommendation form and scan and email it to, fax it to Jayme Long, administrative assistant for program, at (570) 372-2745, or mail it to:

Attn: Jayme Long
Susquehanna University
514 University Ave. 
Selinsgrove, PA 17870

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