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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.


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.



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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