Pre-Med/Pre-Law Scholars Opportunity

The St. Olaf Pre-Med/Pre-Law Scholars Opportunity is a pilot program designed to promote the success of domestic US students from populations who are underrepresented in Medicine and Law. 

Accepted students will participate in recommended enrichment activities, such as mentoring, community building, career exploration, academic advising and support, and leadership development at St. Olaf.

“We provide mentoring, academic support, and intentional coaching to enable students to be competitive for opportunities in Medicine and Law and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful.”

“This opportunity is a collaborative effort among the Piper Center for Vocation and Career, the Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion, and the Center for Advising and Academic Support. We anticipate 10 students for the Pre-Med track and 5 students for the Pre-Law track for the 2020-2021 academic year.”

The pilot program will include the following support and activities:


  • Connect with other students by attending cohort meetings with the Piper Center
  • Participate in the Taylor Center’s Multicultural First Year Program
  • Enroll in the Piper Center’s Pre-Med 101 or Pre-Law 101 seminar series
  • Receive targeted tutoring in subjects that have previously created barriers to students’ success
  • Join relevant St. Olaf clubs (i.e., Pre-Health Professionals Club, Women in Politics and Law); participate in other campus clubs that align with student interests, and look for leadership roles in these organizations
  • Engage in focused shadowing in Medicine or Law with Minnesota partners
  • Take field trips, including a visit to a law/medical school, to establish relationships with Minnesota partners
  • Practice public speaking, engage in personal development and participate in activities to connect with faculty
  • Explore options for later study abroad with the Piper Center and the Office of International and Off-Campus Studies
  • Academic support and coursework, please visit the Academic Advising tools and resources page for more information. 


  • Meet with a Piper Center Peer Advisor who specializes in Pre-Health/STEM or Pre-Law by the end of October
  • Complete your resume by the end of first semester
  • Network with alumni working in Medicine or Law
  • Attend a regional or national conference (i.e., the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) Conference or the  Wisconsin Pre-Law Conference)
  • Plan a relevant summer experience; meet with a Piper Center Coach to explore possibilities


  •  “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” reading and cohort discussions
  •  Other relevant readings on medicine, law, society, culture, technology, etc.

For more information contact:

The Piper Center for Vocation and Career, St. Olaf College

1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Tomson Hall 270, Northfield, MN 55057

Phone: (507) 786-3268 Email: