For students considering law school, Shippensburg University offers support through its pre-law program.
How does the pre-law program operate?
discipline; however, most pre-law students major in liberal arts disciplines or business. At Shippensburg University, pre‑law students are advised by a special pre-law advisor who counsels them on a variety of topics, including recommendation of courses that will help prepare undergraduates for the rigors of law school, preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), drafting the law school application essay, and current trends in law school admission policies. Students are encouraged to participate in internships with many taking advantage of internship opportunities with judges, court administrators and attorneys.
What is the pre‑law curriculum?
While there are no prerequisite courses required for admission into law school, students are encouraged to select a liberal arts major and select elective courses in numerous disciplines. Pre‑law students should take advantage of every academic opportunity to improve their verbal, analytical and written communication skills. Students need to take courses which require logical thinking and excellent written and oral skills. Appropriate courses in English, political science, history and psychology serve as the foundation for a student’s undergraduate curriculum.
What law schools have Shippensburg University students attended?
The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University and Widener University Law School in Harrisburg are the schools most often attended by Shippensburg University graduates, and recent Shippensburg graduates have also matriculated at Columbia University School of Law and Villanova University School of Law. Students with exceptionally high QPAs and LSAT scores have been accepted to elite law schools in the Middle Atlantic, Northeast, and Midwest regions.
Why attend Shippensburg University as a pre‑law student?
Courses at Shippensburg University are taught by full‑time faculty, many of whom have first‑hand experience with the legal and judicial communities. Shippensburg University also has a Mock Trial team that competes in regional competitions against such schools as Cornell University, Arizona State University, and Kent State University.
The pre‑law advisor maintains close ties with regional schools by visiting their programs and interacting with their admissions representatives, and is an active member of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (NAPLA). In addition, many local law schools send admissions officials to the Shippensburg campus to conduct workshops for interested students. Graduates of Shippensburg University who are attending law school or who have recently started their law practice are available to current students for consultation and guidance.
Where can I get more information about pre‑law at SU?
For more information regarding the pre‑law program, call or write:
Department of Political Science
424 Grove Hall
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257‑2299
Or visit the Pre-Law Website: http://www.ship.edu/Political_Science/Pre-Law/Pre-Law/