The Semester in Harrisburg Program allows third-year students to spend a semester during the third year of law school in the Pennsylvania state capital, working for academic credit at an approved state government agency, the state legislature, or a nonprofit group that focuses on state government affairs. The program is recommended for students who are interested in pursuing a career in state government or a particular regulatory area, such as banking regulation, environmental law, or securities regulation.
Students who enroll in the program work three days a week for academic credit (8 credits) and must enroll in either the State and Local Government Law course or an approved elective course relevant to their internship experience (3 credits). Students in the program also must enroll in the required weekly internship classroom sessions course (1 credit). The required components of the program constitute full-time student enrollment status (12 credits), and students in the program must obtain approval from the program directors to enroll in additional law school courses during the semester that they participate in the program.
The program directors, Professors Lance Cole and Camille Marion, are available to consult with interested students about potential internship opportunities and academic planning to prepare for participation in the program. Students who wish to participate in the program are strongly encouraged to consult with Professors Cole and Marion during their second year of law school so that they will be prepared to participate in the program during their third year and can arrange an appropriate internship.
Potential internship opportunities include:
- Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office
- Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
- Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board
- Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel
- Pennsylvania Department of Banking
- Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
- Pennsylvania Department of State
- Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
- Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee
- Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission
Students interested in applying for the Semester in Harrisburg Program must meet the program eligibility requirements and submit an application and other required materials. For more information, contact the program directors, Professor Lance Cole and Professor Camille Marion.