For students considering law school, Shippensburg University offers support through its pre-law program.
Pre-Law at Ship
Students interested in pursuing a legal education may major in any 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.
Full-time faculty teach courses at Shippensburg University, many of who 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.
Shippensburg University pre-law graduates have gone on to attend The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University and Widener University Law School in Harrisburg, 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.
Admission and Degree Requirements
There are no prerequisite courses required for admission into law school. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of every academic opportunity to improve their verbal, analytical and written communication skills, but may choose to major in whatever field interests them, whether it is in the liberal arts or hard sciences. Students need to take courses that 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.
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in internships suited to their needs and interests. Internships are very valuable because they give students the opportunity to combine classroom knowledge with real-life experiences, with many taking advantage of internship opportunities with judges, court administrators and attorneys, and in some cases, they have led to employment opportunities.