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Explore Law at Penn State

Lewis Katz Building, University Park Campus

Thought about going to law school? Join us for a week in May 2014, to explore the study of law, the analysis lawyers use to solve client problems, and the American legal system. Learn to brief a case, analyze a statute, and write like a lawyer. Negotiate like a lawyer. Learn to write an excellent mock LSAT essay exam answer. Learn about the other parts of the LSAT exam, and begin studying for it with help from an expert.

Led by Professor Michele Vollmer, this tuition-free program provides a structured way for students to gain insight into the experience of going to law school. The program also provides a unique opportunity for undergrads to meet, form friendships, and network with other undergrads from diverse backgrounds who share a similar goal: to find out if attending law school is the right personal path to pursue.

Law professors and practicing attorneys will join the class to discuss what they do and the fields of law in which they practice. In addition, participants will learn about the admissions process and how to succeed in being admitted to law school.

View a slideshow and testimonials from past programs. 
View a sample itinerary. 
View our frequently asked questions. 



The program is open to all undergraduate students from Pennsylvania, including Penn State undergraduates from all campuses and Penn State World Campus students.

The primary goal of the program is to provide support to students who have an interest in the study of law and come from groups that are underrepresented in law school classrooms and the legal profession. We hope to build relationships with these students to help them succeed in law school, as well as the law school admissions process.

Another goal of the program is to provide an introduction to the study of law, the law school learning environment, and the law school admissions process for all undergraduates with time for prospective law students to make adjustments to their undergraduate academic performance.

Current and rising seniors may apply, but preference may be given to rising sophomores and juniors, and students from underrepresented groups.

Because the program is offered as a resource to students, attendance and full participation in the program is mandatory. The program is intensive, and includes daily classes, lectures or meetings, some assigned reading and written homework. Homework is due before the program begins. Students who do not complete the homework may lose eligibility to attend the program. Attendance during all parts of the program is mandatory unless excused by Professor Vollmer for attendance at a conflicting summer session or a serious illness. Documentation to support any request to miss any part of the program must be provided.


The program will run from May 18 to May 23, 2014. Classes will be held in the Lewis Katz Building in University Park, which features the newest courtroom and classroom technology.

Tuition is free and the Law School will provide housing and a meal plan for students during the course of the program. Students will reside in dormitories and have access to designated Penn State cafeterias. All students are responsible for their own transportation costs to and from the Penn State University Park campus. 

Applications for Explore Law 2014 have now closed. Applications for Explore Law 2015 will re-open in Fall 2014.​

To see a list of the information needed to complete an application, please click here.