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! 

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.

Students in this RAP will participate in a small section of Controversies in Public Policy (Poli Sci 181). In this class you will have an opportunity to engage in stimulating group discussions, and have opportunities to work on special projects with others in the RAP.

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!   

Classes

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

AND

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

NOTES:

"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.

Location

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

This website is part of Undergraduate Advising & Learning Communities. We provide undergraduate students a variety of opportunities and services designed to facilitate the best academic experience possible. 609 Goodell Building, UMass Amherst.

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