When applying to Ripon College, qualified applicants interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree and juris doctor degree can take advantage of Ripon’s Pre-Law Scholars Program with one of our four partner schools: American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.; Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota; and University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This unique 3-plus-3 program places qualified students on a fast-track program to earn their law degree one year sooner.

Ripon Pre-Law Scholars who have met all requirements will be able to apply to one of our three partner schools during their junior year or after completing 95 credits at Ripon. Those who are admitted will move directly into one of the three law programs. After Scholars have successfully completed all requirements during their first year of law school at American, Marquette, Mitchell Hamline or St. Thomas, they will be able to transfer any outstanding undergraduate credits needed back to Ripon to achieve a baccalaureate degree at Ripon College.

Scholars then will have two additional years of law school at one of our four partner schools before receiving their juris doctor degree from American University Washington College of Law, Marquette University Law School, Mitchell Hamline School of Law or St. Thomas University School of Law — all in six total years, saving students a full year of college tuition.

In addition to saving time, Scholars can take immediate advantage of special networking events and planning opportunities with the respective law school during their first-year at Ripon.

How to Apply?

Applications to the Ripon Pre-Law Scholars Program will be accepted on a rolling basis. Apply Now.


For more information about the Ripon Pre-Law Scholars Program, contact [email protected]

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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.

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Studying off-campus, whether internationally or domestically in the United States, is an experience bound to change your view of the world. In general, full-time students in good academic standing are eligible to apply for admission to off-campus programs.

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Admission to the Pre-Law Scholars Program is limited to incoming first-year students with a minimum score of 26 on the ACT test and a cumulative GPA of 3.65 or higher. Students may, however, apply to the program at anytime if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher at the end of their first or second year at Ripon College. Students with a GPA lower than 3.50 will be considered if other aspects of their Ripon College academic record show a demonstrated level of success.