Ripon College offers a minor in law and society. It provides a network of courses designed to focus the student’s attention on the role of law and legal structure in a human community. Law is a primary means of ordering conduct and resolving social conflicts. Students understand the function, nature and limits of law. The minor is not intended as a pre-professional curriculum for the student interested in a career in law. Rather, it is designed for a wider audience interested in the entire question of the role of law and legal structures in a human community.

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Rick Kammen '68

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John Hermes '68

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Paul Jeffries

Jeffries, Paul

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Chair of Philosophy Department

Henrik Schatzinger

Schatzinger, Henrik

Professor of Political Science, Chair of Political Science Department

Brian Smith

Smith, Brian

Professor of Religion Emeritus


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. We also work collaboratively with Ripon College Career and Professional Development to help match your interests and skills to concrete goals and construct a plan for professional success offering personalized career counseling, off-campus learning opportunities and an online job board with potential to connect with local, national and international employers. Our collaboration with 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. Likewise, Mentors in the Franzen 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.

Advising at Ripon

Unique Opportunities

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.