Careers in Law RAP
Fall 2014

This RAP is designed for 30 first-year students who are considering careers in law or related fields.

When you join this RAP you will... 

  • Participate in a special one-credit seminar taught by the University's Pre-Law Advisor.
  • Explore the impact of lawyers in the American political system.
  • Learn how to take advantage of the opportunities in academics, activities and internships to best prepare yourself for a future career in a legal field.    
  • Share your living-and-learning experience with other students interested in exploring opportunities in law.

You don't have to be a Political Science major to join this RAP! 

Specific Course Information

"Controversies in Public Policy" (Political Science 181)

Here is a message about the class from Micah Mintz, the instructor:

In this course we will explore hot-button issues that are at the center of America's most heated public debates: 

  • climate change
  • racial profiling
  • the minimum wage
  • gay marriage
  • party polarization
  • and others that arouse deep passion. 

We will examine these controversies in depth and discuss these very important political issues. 

But this class will feature more than spirited-but-respectful debates.  We will also learn about why the US has the policies it does, and how the political process shapes policy outcomes. 

More importantly, we will focus on how these policy debates and processes affect you.  Public policy is not just wonky technical details, its impact affects us every day.  We will discuss important political issues, formulating and perhaps reformulating opinions on them as we go along. 

We will also learn about and discuss how the policy process affects many aspects of our lives.

In your RAP seminar you will:

  • Focus specifically on legal issues raised in class, the various roles lawyers play in American politics, and the ins and outs of legal education and legal careers.
  • Discuss possible paths for your undergraduate education that best suit your individual interests, needs and skills, in the context of an exploration of legal career paths.
  • Meet UMass alumni-lawyers and learn the inside stories of their varied career paths.


As you probably know, there is no one recommended major, minor or other course of undergraduate study for admission to law school. The best guide is to follow your own personal and academic interests so that you will be motivated to excel.


Be sure to visit the How to Join page on this website to learn about the process and important timelines you must follow to become a member of this fantastic program!   


Fall 2014

ALL students in the Careers in Law RAP will enroll in the following classes taught in the residential area:

"RAP Seminar" - UNIV 190R
1 credit


"Controversies in Public Policy" - Political Science 181 (Gen Ed  SBU), 4 Credits


"College Writing" - English 112 (Gen Ed CW), 3 credits, a limited number of sections will be offered in each residential area both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.

Spring 2015

  • No required RAP classes.
  • Small sections of Gen Ed classes will be offered in each residence area.


Students will live together in Gorman Hall in Central area of campus.   

Pre-Law Advising Website

Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

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