After careful consideration, we have decided it’s best to cancel this in-person program scheduled for this summer. This was a very hard choice to make, but we think it’s the best decision, given the current situations all around the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Full refunds will be given in the coming days.  Please feel free to contact Michelle Harman if you have any questions surrounding this cancellation.

While our in-person programs are cancelled, we are still running our online Summer Session for-credit courses which include languages, communication, and science courses with lab credits just to name a few.  Click here to view our Summer Session offerings.

Stay well and know that we appreciate your interest in Susquehanna University.

Join us from June 21–27, 2020

The Exploring Legal Careers summer workshop is taught by Susquehanna University faculty with relevant backgrounds and experience in public law, public policy and pre-law advising. Workshop attendees will explore a variety of legal careers, learning from practitioners, and consider these within the legal environment in contemporary America.

On a theoretical level, you will learn about the structure of America's legal system and the political and legal foundations of current issues facing the country.

On a practical level, faculty will provide information and encourage discussion on the paths students could follow for law-related careers, including discussion of undergraduate majors and of best practices for eventually gaining admission to post-graduate programs.

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 learn more about the legal process and a career in law!

Students entering grades 10-12 are invited to register.

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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.
  • Connect with other students from across the country who share similar interests and career paths.
  • Meet, hear presentations and discuss legal careers with many involved in the judicial proceedings including: judges, attorneys, police officers and probation officers.
  • Delve into and discuss current legal controversies.
  • Visit a Pennsylvania state court, as well as the state capitol, where you will meet with those involved in making law for the commonwealth.
  • Get tips on preparing for the LSAT exam and locating well-regarded pre-law programs.

Comprehensive fees include room, meals and all program materials.

  • Before May 1: $875
  • After May 1: $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.


All registrations must be submitted no later than June 15.

A non-refundable $150 deposit is due at registration. Balance is due 14 days prior to starting camp.

All supporting documentation must be received prior to your arrival on campus.


Rolfe Daus Peterson is assistant professor of political science and pre-law advisor at Susquehanna.  He received his Ph.D. in political science from University of California at Davis and has taught at Susquehanna since 2016. He teaches courses on American politics, public opinion, political psychology and Congress. His research focuses on public opinion and political psychology.

Michele DeMary, professor emeritus of political science, received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Massachusetts and taught at Susquehanna from 2000-2018. She taught courses on American government, women and politics, diversity in American politics, and constitutional law and served as the university’s pre-law advisor for 18 years. Her research interests are public law, state politics, and women and politics.


Alison Merrill, assistant professor of political science

Nick Clark, associate professor of political science

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