Build research skills for a career in law


The Judge James C. Turk Summer Scholar Program
The Judge James C. Turk Summer Scholar Program permits qualified students to spend the summer conducting intensive, independent research on a topic involving law and politics. The Turk summer scholar works with a faculty mentor who guides the project. The end result is an original piece of scholarly research that the student can submit for publication to an academic journal or for presentation at a law or political science conference. Please see Turk Pre-Law Coordinator Professor Todd C. Peppers for further details.

Roanoke College Summer Scholar Program
The Summer Scholars Program at Roanoke is a grant program enabling qualified students to conduct intensive, independent research for eight to 12 weeks. Roanoke students frequently are selected to have their projects presented at the prestigious Posters on the Hill program in Washington, D.C.

Undergraduate Research Assistants Program
URAP is a program unique to Roanoke where students work as research assistants with a member of the faculty on an original research project of interest to both the URAP scholar and the faculty mentor. A recent URAP student in the pre-law program helped a professor research and write a book on the hiring of law clerks.

Independent Studies
Independent studies provide students with a practical application of their particular majors or more specialized study in a particular area. Among other important topics, students have studied criminal issues, legal trends and the law's political implications.


"At a different or bigger school, there wouldn't be an opportunity to do such research. I was a lot more prepared for law school because I have research skills."

Bridget Tainer '06, on her internship. Bridget did research for a federal judge.