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Accelerated J.D. Program

Thiel College students can participate in an accelerated J.D. program, earning their undergraduate and law degrees in just six years through an agreement between Thiel College and Duquesne University School of Law.

Duquesne University School of Law accepts students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of ~3.5 for three years at Thiel College (96 CH)
  • Completion of all undergraduate curricular major field and liberal studies requirements at Thiel
  • Minimum LSAT score in the 60th percentile on the present LSAT. It is assumed that the student will take the LSAT in the winter of his/her third year at Thiel, but, by request, a student may defer taking the LSAT until the spring of his/her third year
  • Recommendation by a selection committee appointed by the Provost and Academic Vice President and the Dean of Admission of Duquesne University Law School
  • Upon application, candidates must schedule an interview with the Dean of Admission of DU School of Law. Should be scheduled after the students have taken the LSAT, but the results of the LSAT need not be available to the Law School at the time of the interview
  • Thiel College shall have the exclusive authority to determine any entrance criteria for students seeking admission to this program at Thiel College

Thiel's Semester in Washington

It is conducted by the Lutheran Colleges' Washington Consortium and provides internship experiences in the governmental, public service or private sectors. The full program is available in the fall or spring semester. The program is small and flexible so the interests of a wide variety of students can be met. Over the years, students have interned at a wide array of locations including the House of Representatives, the National Archives, the White House and a variety of non-profits.

United Nations Semester

Selected students particularly interested in government and international relations may participate in the United Nations Semester at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, during the fall term of their junior year.

Capitol Semester

The Capitol Semester is a competitive 12 or 16-week in-service study program in a state-related agency in Harrisburg. A student must be a Pennsylvania resident, at least a rising junior and have a GPA of at least 3.0. Sessions may be either in the summer or during the school year.

NEW Leadership™ Pennsylvania Summer Institute

The NEW Leadership™ Pennsylvania Summer Institute is a weeklong program put on by the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics. It is designed to teach women the value of civic engagement and encourages them to see themselves as empowered leaders who can participate effectively in politics and public policy. During the summer program, students have the opportunity to develop and practice leadership skills, establish networks with like-minded peers and successful political women and embrace their own leadership abilities. Graduates of the program are actively engaged in making a difference in their communities as elected or appointed officials, policymakers, issue experts and informed citizens. Roughly 35 students from across the state are selected through a competitive application process. If you are interested in applying please contact Dr. Courtemanche for more information.