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- Off-Campus Study
An undergraduate preparation for a career in law does not require the study of a specific body of courses. The American Bar Association recently published a statement emphasizing that no particular field of study is the best way to prepare for law school.
They endorsed Ripon’s approach to preparing for law school: emphasizing the development of skills necessary for success in the profession.
Law schools demand that pre-law training at the undergraduate level center on intellectual development in four areas: the capacity to write clear and precise analytical prose, the capacity to think logically at a pragmatic level, the capacity to articulate ideas clearly in oral expression, and an understanding of the role of institutions in society.
While many other schools also have pre-law programs, pre-law students likely will find features of a Ripon education distinctly advantageous. Most of Ripon’s courses strongly emphasize analytical writing, which builds the particular writing skills sought by law schools.
Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.
As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.
Gaining experience in the field
Ripon College has a long tradition of offering an outstanding academic curriculum. In addition to the liberal arts and sciences education, we strongly encourage our students to spend a semester off campus, either on an international or domestic program.
While each of Ripon’s programs has unique characteristics, all offer the opportunity to gain valuable experience – interning in a field of interest, gaining exposure to a foreign culture or seeing some of the world’s most famous sites.
Pre-law students might be interested particularly in two domestic programs. Many students have gone on the Washington Semester to study the judicial process, American government, U.S. foreign policy or journalism. The program involves a seminar where they often are brought face-to-face with some of the leading American and foreign political figures of the day. It also involves an internship in a politician’s office or in the national office of an interest organization.
Other students have gone on the ACM Chicago Program, which has an Urban Studies emphasis that again involves both organized study and an internship and helps students of politics and government become intimately aware of the problems of modern American cities.
Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.
Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.